06-18-2012, 02:16 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Washington State
That makes it tougher. Since you can't access your router's control panel that sounds like your PC's getting disconnected from your router. Do you actually have an Access Point on your network? Or is it possible that you're connecting to a different network's Access Point? What version of Windows? (Or did you already mention that?) I'm not sure if Windows 7 still has this problem but in Windows XP the Wireless Zero Configuration Service would sometimes switch networks on its own, connecting to whichever network had the strongest signal at the time. (Provided it had the credentials, of course.) The solution was to make sure it was connected to the right network then disable the service.
That probably isn't your problem but diagnosis is all about eliminating possibilities. For me it is, at least. Is there another router you can use? Maybe borrow one for a while? Assuming the disconnection is between your router & PC that might tell whether the router is dropping the PC or the PC is disconnecting from the router.
And it might not be a disconnection. Assuming the connection is still to the same device then that device would seem to be changing from a router to an access point. The difference is the DHCP server. If the router's DHCP server is locking up then I'd say the router's toast-but it'd be nice to be sure before buying a new one.