Mental Router Problem!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ray_gillespie, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I don't know if this is hardware or software, but it's related to hardware anyway. Basically, I've got a Netgear DG834G 54Mbps Wireless ADSL Router and a Netgear WG311 54Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter, hence my wireless internet, which I get through Virgin. Now, my wireless net is usually fine, with a good signal etc and the box is only 3 metres from my PC.

    However, whenever I do anything that really pushes my CPU such as recode a video to DVD or play around with large files, the internet connection appears to drop and I can't access the web, email or msn. Strangely, if I stop whatever I was doing and "repair" the connection everything is restored. It's quite strange, it's not the actual wireless network connection that is lost, or at least reported lost, but it's the internet itself. I don't usually get any messages about connections being lost or anything, the internet just refuses to do anything until I repair the connection.

    Anyway, this is really beginning to pis5 me off so if anyone can help there'll be a moderate helping a reps for them and I'll be very grateful! Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. omg its nlm

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    What the? Any other strange things happen in your house?
     
  3. ray_gillespie

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    Not usually.
     
  4. Admiral Michael

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    Does netgear have it's own software to handle the wifi?
     
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  5. X-Istence

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    It sounds like your wireless card does not natively do WPA or whatever encryption scheme you are using, and when you push your CPU, it does not have enough power to regenerate the "key" in time to sync up with the router, which is why it will drop.

    The solution to this problem is get a card that natively supports WPA onboard, or go wired, and I'd suggest wired anyway if it is only 3 meters.
     
  6. Perris Calderon

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    just about every wireless router I have used does some kind of stall when bandwidth goes under pressure

    usually a "repair" doesn't do anything and I have to cycle the router or the modem
     
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  7. X-Istence

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    This is not about bandwidth, this is about the client of the wireless and the fac that when his CPU is under pressure his bandwidth drops.
     
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  8. ray_gillespie

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    Ah this sounds like a likely explanation. I am using the XP wireless software to connect, but it did come with some crap netgear stuff. I can't believe the official netgear cards don't come with native WPA onboard though, it's not like I bought a really cheap third party card! Oh well. Is there anything I can do about it, other than use a wire or get another card? Will either of the other security options be any better? It supports WEP, WAP and something else too, though apparently I may need a firmware upgrade for WAP despite having never done one.

    Thanks for all the great answers so far guys!
     
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    As a quick test, try disabling encryption, but use MAC address filtering and hiding the SSID as a security solution.
    This will mean the cpu is just doing the program stuff, not the networking encryption as well.
     
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    Got it! That seems to be working fine - cheers! :)
     
  11. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Well I wouldn't call this fixed. Having an open wifi isnt good, even though you have MAC filterin, someone can still sniff your packets and most likely spoof your MAC address and connect.

    Now are you running the latest firmware (router) and drivers (wifi card)?
    Have you tried using the Netgear management application?
     
  12. X-Istence

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    Netgear management application sucks balls. however if that makes it work, try it. I would suggest just running a hard cable. Easier, faster, and in general provides better connectiveity.