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Wireless Network Issues
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The wireless issues I'm having are starting to drive me insane. I'm not exactly sure what is causing it, but I'm guessing it's my laptop since I seem to be having more trouble than anyone else, and it's only been within the last few weeks (well after any changes have been made to any system on the network).

Sometimes the laptop will drop connection to the NAS box, and only the NAS box. I originally thought it was an issue with the NAS box because of that, but not the case (no one else has issues). I know there's a patch I've had to install in the past and I can't remember if I've installed it since reinstalling Windows, but I think I did or I wouldn't be able to connect to it at all. I also know my hosts file has the right IP address (I can connect sometimes, it just doesn't stay connected).

Whenever I lose connection to the NAS box, I also can't hit our website, but the server for that is configured on B's box, not the NAS. If I give it a little time, I can hit the website, but still not the NAS box, and if I try to hit the NAS box, the website goes down for me again.

Sometimes the laptop will drop the connection to the router. It can detect other wireless networks, but not ours. This is when I started thinking it might be an issue with the router. This doesn't happen often, but when it does, I have to reboot my computer and not the router, so I'm back to thinking it's the laptop.

Sometimes the laptop will drop all connections. It won't even find anything else in the area. This always requires a reboot as well.

I have an HP dv9410us that is about two years old. I'm currently running Windows 7 Evaluation copy, Build 7100 (with intentions to upgrade to the official version very soon... probably should have done that while I've been home from work).

B is still not entirely convinced it's not the router. We've had issues with the router in the past when it was just working as our wireless router, but now that it's the only router we're using, he thinks the issues might still be going on. This makes sense to me, especially since I don't always try to connect to the NAS and have had random issues with it off and on for a while. The thing that really bothers me most about this theory is that rebooting the router used to fix my issues. Now it doesn't matter and I have to reboot the laptop (I don't even touch the router, and previously rebooting the laptop would do nothing and all i would have to do is reboot the router).

If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to share. I'm about to hit Google, but am not feeling very optimistic about this.


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I'm not sure I can do that, but it's certainly something to consider. It makes sense. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

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