Technical advice please?

by Richard on July 25, 2007

I have a wireless router that I use to get the internet on a laptop and a Palm PDA.
There is a recurring but irregular problem whereby both devices can ’see’ the network, but for some reason are not able to connect. ‘Waiting for network’ or some such is the message. Turning the router off and then on clears the problem.
What do do you reckon? Is the router faulty, or could there be some other issue?

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Randy 07.25.07 at 1:25 pm

I don’t know how to fix it other than the way you fix it. But I have the same thing happen occasionally. It’s like the wireless device loses its IP address and can’t get it re-established. Usually the router assigns those addresses dynamically, but I’m not sure if the fault lies with the router or the wireless device. It’s probably in the router, because it seems like all the devices on the network lose connectivity together.

I had the problem more often before I switched routers, so it may well be a router problem.

Bottom line: I can’t be of any help, but I can commiserate.

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Richard 07.25.07 at 2:14 pm

At least I know it isn’t just me.

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chrise 07.25.07 at 3:18 pm

Same thing happens here - and I know a few others who have to do this as well.

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Larry B 07.26.07 at 4:03 am

I have same problem and have to do the same with mine too, but only with the Mac. The wireless PC laptop doesn’t lose connectivity.

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Rick O'Donnell 07.27.07 at 1:48 am

I also have had this problem in the past. It would happen now and again. Oddly, since I moved my computer setup across the room and to a different phone line, it has not occured at all…?

Wondering therefore if it might be caused by something as simple as a somewhat tenuous phone line connection?

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Richard 07.27.07 at 8:55 am

It appears that wireless routers are more flaky than I’d anticipated.

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