WiFi connectivity problem at work
February 13, 2013 4:36 PM Subscribe
At work I have a laptop (running Windows XP) that connects to the Internet via WiFi. Two other coworkers sit next to and across from me, and they connect the same way. About a year ago, we started experiencing connectivity problems.
posted by zardoz to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
Our connection just cuts out *snap* out of the blue. If I leave it alone, it will sometimes reconnect on its own. And sometimes it doesn’t. So to fix it manually, I go into the Wireless Connection Network screen. My office has three separate wireless networks it connects to (all with the same password). In the Wireless Connection screen it will show that I am connected to one of those three, with the other two (or sometimes just one) listed below. I click on one of the others, hit “connect”, and wait 10 seconds or so for it to connect over. Usually this works, but sometimes it doesn’t. Not right away; I have to manually do it several times.
Before about a year ago, we never had this problem. Now it’s a daily, constant problem. On a good day we can go for several hours without being kicked off, but today for example it’s every five minutes.
For my other two coworkers, they have the same problems. It’s a big, open plan office, and I think other workers either don’t use the Internet much at all or they have a wired LAN connection. Unfortunately, due to where our desks sit in the room, we can’t use a LAN connection, only wireless.
There are two WiFi routers in the room, and we tried turning them off and on, but that didn’t change anything. We’ve talked to our boss about it, but he’s been less than helpful…of course, this should be an issue for the company IT guy, but the thing is, we’re not really supposed to be surfing the Internet; our jobs don’t really necessitate it. So we don’t want to keep bringing the subject up—it’s a bit awkward.
Any thoughts? What could this problem be coming from?