Wireless networking problem
October 2, 2007 7:31 AM Subscribe
Someone else's wireless network appears to be interfering with my own wireless connection - help required.
posted by fire&wings to Technology (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have a home wireless router with several computers connected to it and generally have no problems at all with my internet connection. However, very occassionally I will be disconnected and will have to manually reconnect. After this the connection might be fine, but it is also sometimes sluggish, patchy, and the strength of my connection might drop from the usual 5 bars to 1/2/3 bars.
This ALWAYS coincides with the appearance on my connection list of another particular wireless network, and the problems disappear when it does. I live in a fairly quiet area and most of the time my own network is the only thing in my connection list. When this other network appears I am disconnected and I experience the patchy speeds and problems mentioned above. Other networks in the neighbourhood appear from time to time with no problems - it is only this particular one that seems to affect my own connection. I have been watching this happen over the space of 1 year+ and the problem spans my old computer and my new laptop. This seems a little strange to me, but I would not be asking if I wasn't sure my connection problems relate to the appearance this specific network. What is happening here? My own connection is 802.11g, WPA/TPIK etc and I have no special connection or dsconnection settings. On my last computer the connection was managed by Windows, now it is Intel PROset wireless and the problem is exactly the same.