How to...Troubleshoot a Dropped Wireless Connection

How to...Troubleshoot a Dropped Wireless Connection

Mar 21, 2007

If you and your wireless connection are constantly breaking up, we've got a few suggestions for you to try before you pull all your hair out in frustration.

Sadly, no wireless setting is optimal because walls, electronics, cell phones (especially those using Bluetooth), and even entertainment equipment can interfere with your wireless signal, causing dropped connections.

If you're having problems with dropped connections while using your wireless connection, try these trouble-shooting steps:

• Turn off Bluetooth devices within 30 feet of your wireless router or your laptop. Bluetooth operates on the 802.11b and 802.11g frequencies and can interfere with it.
• If you're within 100 feet of another wireless router--highly likely if you're in an apartment, but also possible in a home--go into your router's set up program (refer to the manual) and change the channel. This works like changing the channel on a cordless phone.
• Speaking of cordless phones, check your phone and any other cordless devices you have, and change the "channel" to try and separate your wireless frequency from the cordless device's frequency.

Even the best setup isn't fail-proof, but if you're constantly battling the dropped wireless signal and these trouble-shooting steps don't work, you may need to invest in another wireless router that falls on a different place on the 802.11 spectrum.

Photo by Grim Reaper With A Lawnmower.

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