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Old 12-15-2006, 01:05 PM
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Default Connection has it's own free will

Hi there.

I'm having some trouble with my wireless network: I use a Planet WL-8303 Wireless PCI Adapter to connect to a WAP-1963 Wireless Acess Point (which is about 3.5 Km away) which in turn is connected to a computer hooked up to the internet.

For a long time this setting has worked out for me and I have been acessing the internet without any problem whatsoever.

But for no apparent reason, my computer detects that there is a network (WEP enabled and with network authentication - no news for me here) avaliable but it just doesn't connect to it. Only SOMETIMES. By that, I mean that out of the blue I suddenly get connected to the network and some time later (which varies from minutes to hours) I get disconnected.

I've tried changing the PCI card in to different slots, tried fidling with the cable that connects to the antenna, tried fiddling with the antenna itself. The same problem persists on a Windows system as it does on a Linux Ubuntu system.

I just want to stress that it was working fine just the way it was, and for some reason it has been giving me problemas. The hosting computer (with the AP) hasn't even been touched in the past few months, so I believe the problem lies somewhere between the AP and my computer.

Here's some info of my pc:

Windows XP SP2 / Linux Ubuntu Dapper Drake
AMD Athlon 1.24Ghz, 512 Mb RAM
WL-8303 Wireless PCI Adapter, WEB enabled, Shared authentication, Power save: none, Fragment threshold: 2432, RTS threshold: 2346, Wireless mode: 802.11b, Preamble mode: long, Channel plan: FCC, Data rate: auto, channel 11, frequency 2462MHz, network type: infrastructure.

Any suggestions will be greatly apreciated!
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