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Laptop dropping 2.4GHz wifi signal

Q: Laptop dropping 2.4GHz wifi signal

I'm using a new Asus AC68U router. My home network includes, among other items, my desktop and my laptop (a Dell XPS 15). The laptop occasionally drops the wifi on the 2.4 GHz band. Everything else on the network handles both bands fine. The laptop has been holding well on the 5Ghz band. How do I determine with the 2.4 Ghz band if the problem is the laptop, the router--or both? How do I diagnose this problem? I should mention that all the laptop and Asus drivers are up to date. Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: Laptop dropping 2.4GHz wifi signal

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


Hi guys,
wonder if anyone can help me , all of a sudden (past two days) my laptop Lenovo y70 brand new has been having trouble with signal , it goes from 5 bars to 2 then back again every 30 seconds , i normally use my laptop for gaming and its been fine untill today for example i can no longer log into World of warcraft it just gets stuck on connecting.

I have tried to call my provider "BT" they said everything is fine
I have tried restarting my router ect ( BT home hub)
I recently got a wireless mouse i tried removing that in case it was interfering but still same.

any help please?

A:All of a sudden my laptop wifi signal is dropping (win 8)

How far away from router? What make/model WiFi adapter?
Also if you are really on 8 you should upgrade to 8.1.

And welcome to the forum!

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I have to replace my Sony VAIO that ran Windowns 7 because of the graphic card kicked the bucket. This new Dell laptop "supposed" to be better and faster but there's one problem - it keeps dropping wifi signals.

The Sony with win 7 did drop signals but it was more like a once or twice a day sort of thing. This one, it drops signals every few minutes. Sometimes it comes back on its own in matter of seconds, other times, I have to troubleshoot to bring it back, while the odd times, I just have to sit tight to wait for it to miraculously recover. ***In fact, I finished typing my post a minute ago and when I hit "submit" the wifi dropped and now I am typing a second time.***

We have other wireless devices in the house but none of them has the same issue. The desktop also runs win 10 but it's wired to the network so never a problem.

I don't know much about computers but one thing I know is that nothing else has changed other than a new laptop with a different OS. Is dropping signals a common problem with win 10 or should I blame my computer?

A:Laptop keeps dropping wifi signal, computer or Windows 10?

Welcome to the forum can you download http://www.crewetown.co.uk/wireless.exe then right click on it choose run as admin and post the results

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sir, i am Muhammad Ehsan, i want to ask a question that i use evo and use internet on it but when i do window to laptop and plug in evo it shows evo for a day and run the internet but after some time the laptop do not show evo signal as evo do
not connected to laptop but if i do the wifi of laptop on it gives the full signal of evo and then i put the evo wifi password it run internet as wifi connected, but not as evo connected. please send me its solution i thankful to you for this.
              sir mein evo istimal krta ho internet k liye laptop per lekin kuch roz phly meine apne laptop ki window krwai or aik do din jb b meine evo lgai evo phle ki trah apna connection show kr rhi thi
lakin bad mein pta nhi kia hua k jb b mein evo connect krta ho to evo apna connection show nhi krti lekin jb mein laptop ka wifi on kron to evo apne wifi k signal ful show krti hei or wifi k zriye internet b chlati hei lekin ye evo signal sow nhi krti to kyun?

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I have dual boot W7/Linux x64 PC tower.

I mainly use Linux but both OS are problematic as far the wifi dongle is concerned.

I plug the dongle into a cable for easy access but over the past week the dongle is loosing its signal.

I've tried different sockets and cables, done a bios update, and also tried the dongle in another PC in which it works no bother at all.

I've tried other dongles in the tower and the bother persists with both W7 and Linux.

I even connected the front usb sockets and the problem is there too.

My suspicion is a faulty usb controller on the motherboard (GA M61SME S2L) and the first issue I've ever had with a Gigabyte brand motherboard.

I will note that there is a broken ground wire on the ATX plug but its been broken for months and the dongle issue is very recent.

Just before doing a board change, are there any suggestions at what to look at?

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The wifi signal on my Dell Inspiron 5000 series laptop keeps dropping every ten minutes or so. I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas to fix this. If any more information required just ask. I've tried updating the drivers and forgetting the network and retrying it. I am at a loss.

A:Internet (wifi) keeps dropping the signal

I should also mention that it only happens on my one laptop. I had my phone and a second laptop right beside it both on wifi and the connection was stable for them.

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Windows 10 (had the same issue on Win 7) HP EliteBook Laptop Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 I am constantly dropping the wifi signal on this laptop. I dont believe it is the modem as I have checked my phone when I have lost the signal and the phone can still surf the net. I have also checked other devices and they seem to be working fine. I notice it the most when I am playing a game or streaming video. But it also happens when I'm surfing the net and checking email.  So far I have tried updating the drivers, making sure everything else on here was up to date, I installed a driver locator from hp to make sure that everything was all good (it says it was) I looked through device manager to see if there were any issues, and now I'm out of ideas. Any help would be appreciated, this is starting to get annoying

A:Constantly dropping my wifi signal

Here are a few options:
Change the power setting on the device:
Device Manager
Locate your wireless card and right click>Properties>Power Managment,
uncheck the box that says "Allow the computer to turn this device off to save power"
If nothing then:
Open Command Prompt(As Admin) and type:
ipconfig /flushdns
If nothing still then:
try resetting your Winsock settings and disable IPv6 (unless you need it)
Reset Winsock:
Start up notepad and copy and paste this into notepad:
@echo off
netsh winsock reset
netsh winsock reset catalog
netsh int ip reset reset.log  
echo You now have to reboot your PC!   
Then save it on your Dessktop as "winsockreset.bat" (or whatever you please) just make sure it's a .bat file,
Save on desktop
Close Notepad
Run it.
Try Them out one by one and see if any of those fix the issue. Goodluck and let us know!

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I recently bought a new laptop (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...?EdpNo=5274247&csid=ITD&body=MAIN#detailspecs to be exact) and set up my Netgear router. Even though I have a good signal everywhere in my house - at least 3 bars but usually 4-5 bars out of 5 - I have found that my internet cuts out repeatedly for at least 10-15 seconds at a time. The other only laptop that connects to this router runs on Vista and has the same problem despite being only 3 feet away from the router itself and the router seemingly never giving any indication that the signal dropped (or at least we can't catch it because it happens before we know it). Sometimes, the signal cuts out multiple times an hour. I constantly see my Yahoo and MSN messengers automatically signing me back in after being cut off for a bit and it gets bothersome with the popping main messenger windows and unrecoverable conversations, in addition to other annoyances.

My router is a refurb Netgear RangeMax Wireless Router WPN824 v3 that I have been using with almost no problem for about 4 months now. I had an old laptop running on XP and a different laptop running Vista when I lived in DC and I never had this problem. Now that I'm back in Chicago, have a new laptop (see link above) and ever since I set up my router, I can't seem to stay connected. Any idea what could be doing this?

I have already tried connecting my laptop to the router via an ethernet cord and everything seems to work perfectly,... Read more

A:Good wifi signal keeps dropping

Wireless interference is the most likely cause of the disconnects. Do you detect any other wireless networks? If so, are any on the same (or close) channel as yours?

If the signal is actually dropping--can't be detected--the router is probably defective. Make sure that is has ventilation and is not overheating.

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I started having an issue with my laptop lately, when i open lid more than 90 degree wifi signal drops drasticlly and as soon as i close it back to 90 degree or less wifi signal goes back to max bars, I opened my laptop once just to check if antenas are disconected or something but they were in place and they looked OK i didn't spot anything, does anyone know what could be the problem. Thanks in advance.

A:Wifi signal dropping(1 bar even though i'm 4 meters away) wh...

@AndroiD10? Product Name: Hp envy notebookOperating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) Commentary Typical of many types of notebook, the wireless antennas are loated in the display area and the base (connections) are located on the motherboard.  ExampleHP Envy 17-n100 - 17 -n199 Service and Maintenance ManualChapter 2, Page 8Page 20,Chapter 6, Page 36 If you open the notebook beyond ninety degrees and the WiFi drops then something is indeed obstructing the signal:  loose connection, obscured signal due to notebook construction, partially crushed wire / connector.  If the notebook is supposed to be opened beyond ninety degrees due to the model and type of hinge arrangement -- and / or if the unit is under warranty -- contact HP Technical Support and ask the question. HP Contact Information ? Sales, Technical Support, other Contacts -  USA / CanadaContact HP ? USA - Assistance HP Tech support/ Customer Service  ? Some English Speaking CountriesIncluding UK and Europe HP Customer Support - Product Warranty Check  When you see a Post that helps you,Inspires you, provides fresh insight,Or teaches you something new,Click the "Thumbs Up" on that Post. Fixed / Answered? Click that post Accept as Solution to help others find Answers.

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I have a Netgear CG3000D-RG cable modem through Charter, and the connection is absolutely perfect when connected with an ethernet cable, but any device connected with wifi constantly drops out (even in the same room)...sometimes every 10 or 20 minutes, but just as often it will happen over and over constantly. Disconnecting and then reconnecting fixes the connection entirely until the next drop out. It doesn't get slow or anything, it's either on or off.

Any ideas? Maybe a setting I'm not aware of? Or is this a hardware failure? The last thing I want to do is "rock the boat" with Charter because I'm afraid tampering with equipment might make my whole connection unstable again, like I've had so much trouble with in the past.

A:Wifi dropping out constantly despite strong signal

Run Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector
Download and install
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to copy the program across to the faulty PC
Save the file to a USB flash drive or other removable media. Plug it into the working computer with internet access and copy the file to the faulty PC and install the program.
You will now need to take a screen shot and copy that back to the working PC and attach the screen shot in a reply on the forum here.

If you do not have another PC - do you have a phone connected to the internet - can you photograph the result and post the image in a reply

enter you details
Download this file "DOWNLOAD WI-FI INSPECTOR Vx.xx "
( the site now appears to allow webbased emails like gmail, hotmail, outlook and yahoo now )

There is also a xirrus gadget, But that does not have all the fuctionality "DOWNLOAD GADGET Vx.xx

Alternative links - Use the links below
Do NOT use any of the download managers offered - Cnet , just use the direct link below - and click on the download button
Then run and install the program - on a wireless enabled PC/Laptop
if you get an error - You will need to have NET Framework installed for the WiFi Inspector to function.
On windows 8 - (i do not have windows 8) but, it would appe... Read more

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I want to upgrade my home network to support HD streaming over Wifi. I am considering getting an 802.11ac router and replacing my laptops Wifi network card with one that supports the new Wifi 802.11ac standard.

On my home network I want to connect a TV set top box to the router over Cat6 but my laptop is the only device that will be connecting over Wifi. I have a Dell Inspiron 7520 laptop. It has an Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 Wifi card which supports dual stream but only one band: 2.4Ghz.

It looks like my laptop only has two internal antenna cables and for this reason I am thinking I cannot avail of triple stream Wifi-N 450Mb/s + 450Mb/s on a simultaneous dual band N900 router. I am stuck with a theoretical max of 300Mb/s on 2.4Ghz under Wifi-N and/or 866Mb/s on 5Ghz under Wifi-AC.

Here are my questions:

1. If I get a simultaneous dual band router can my laptop stream an HD movie on the 5Ghz band and at the same time download say a Youtube video on the 2.4Ghz band? I ask that because I'd like to get a such a router and preserve every ounce of bandwidth on its 5Ghz band for streaming movies from the set top box to my laptop... not have to share it for web browsing needs.

2. Would it be a better solution, or even possible, to install a third internal antenna in my laptop and get a triple stream 802.11n class Wifi card (such as the Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300) and Wifi-N Class router OR should I buy an 802.11ac router and get the better bandwidth it offers... Read more

A:Can my Laptop simultaneously connect to a 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz Wifi network?

You can stream HD movies fine at 150Mbps or even less but it depends on how much of the bandwidth is being used by your neighbors. This can be a big problem in some areas. You won't be able to use both frequency's at once.

Finding the best clean channels to use are what matters most on 2.4 GHz, channel bonding comes in handy sometimes but works best when the channels are mostly clear.

5Ghz is better in this respect because hardly anyone is using it so you tend to get all the bandwidth to yourself but the drawback with 5GHz frequency is that it won't go through walls worth a darn so it's really only useful for open area's outdoors or for large rooms.

I'm running the Asus AC66U router and the Asus PCI-e AC66 NIC which usually runs about 877.5-1.1 Gb. I can stream multiple YouTube video's while watching movies although I could also do this using the 2.4GHz frequency at 300Mbps.

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Whike on my laptop, I can be in the same room as the router (LinksysWireless-G w/ speedbooster), or I can be upstairs. Or we cold be at a hotel, and the signal just drops.

Any ideas what could be done to resolve this? I ma running Win Xp serv pack 3.

A:Solved: Laptop keeps dropping signal

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A few months ago, I upgraded from laptop from Windows 7 to 10, and have been using it with no internet issues. A few days ago, I did a complete fresh reinstall of Windows 10, so it basically wiped my computer then installed 10. I've found a lot of benefits to doing this - it's speeded things up dramatically, and I'm happy. However, my internet connection has become patchy.

It appears to be random but every now and then, my WiFi will just drop out. Sometimes it'll reconnect after 30 seconds, sometimes it won't reconnect at all, and I'll have to manually disconnect and reconnect. It might happen a few times an hour, or a few times a day, but it does appear to be getting more frequent.

I don't think it's a router problem, as there are a lot of other devices using WiFi, and none of them drop out at all. The other devices are my phone, the wife's phone, the wife's Chromebook, the TV, the Sky box (wired), and my daughter's Kindle. Not all of these will be turned on, and sometimes the phone's are using mobile network, but I do know only my laptop has these WiFi issues.

My uneducated diagnosis is that perhaps it's a driver issue, caused by reinstalling Windows and not having the right driver files or updates. Another thought is that perhaps there's too many things connecting and for some reason, it's causing an IP conflict with just my laptop. I attach a list of connected devices. I recognise my laptop (called DESKTOP for some reason), and my wife's phone. I have no idea what the ... Read more

A:WiFi keeps dropping but only on my laptop

Which is your wireless station as there are 2 bt ones both on channel 11 and one stronger than the other that can kill your connection. BT home hubs are a pain as they are normally set to auto so they swap channels on there own problem is if there is another one close they both switch back onto the same channel so block each other again. If you have an andriod phone get wifi analyzer from the store this shows whats close and whats the best channel to set your router.

disable ipv6 set dns to &
the scan show its dropping right after the router from a cmd prompt type

tracert adobe.com
tracert mcafee.com
tracert microsoft.com

try i on the faulty pc and another pc see if results are the same what we are looking for is it dropping like this
2 * * * Request timed out.
3 * * * Request timed out.
On the screen shot you posted expand device we need to know what is the 5 gig as its a linux server

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I have an HP Envy laptop running Windows 8.1, with an i7, 8 Gig of RAM and an Intel 2230 wireless receiver.
My WiFi connection will be fine for about 5 - 10 minutes and then will suddenly drop out. The laptop doesn't disconnect from the network, but I lose all access to the internet. Other devices are fine, so I'm pretty sure it isn't the router or the incoming connection to it (the status lights don't change either). I've got a very good signal, so it isn't that.
When the connection goes, disabling then re-enabling WiFi often fixes it, but not always. Even more confusingly, the Ethernet does the same thing (which makes me think it isn't a fault with the WiFi card after all).
I've tried changing the power settings in the device properties of the receiver - i.e. unchecking 'allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". This seemed to work for a while, but the problem has reappeared (and the boxes are still unchecked). Also tried reinstalling the WiFi card and its drivers: no dice.

I'm at my wit's end. Anything which requires a steady signal - e.g. Skype or online gaming - is obviously impossible, which is very annoying. Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing the problem and how it might be fixed?

A:Laptop WiFi (and Ethernet) Keeps Dropping Out

What firewall or security suite is, or ever was, on the system?

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I am experiencing a a weird problem with my wifi!

I recently bought a netgear n300 wnr2200 router. The first day I set up the network and everything worked fine ( my ISP don't require any passwords etc, standard automatic set up - basically just typing a SSID and a password ( WEP))

The Internet worked perfectly and my iPhone, iPad, ps3 all connects without any problems whatsoever! without any more management than typing password

My laptop, acer aspire 3820tg (windows 7) worked perfectly the initial day. After this it struggles to connect. I will sometimes get the "could not connect to ...." message. Sometimes using the troubleshoot it wil fix the problem by itself. Most times not,

What is weird is that even if I get a connection I will at random intervals get " local access only" or completely dropping the connection. ( then it usually will not connect again) He wifi signal is 100%. I'm not able to make it work in a stable fashion. I have tried updating to the latest network driver for my laptops broadcom wifi adapter (from acer driver site) but this changed nothing. Turning on/off the wifi adapter does not help. Rebooting sometimes helps but it's completely random. Sometimes going to network properties and enabling active settings for WLAN will let it connect (sorry if this is not the correct wording, my windows is in Norwegian) (it's the lowest box that you can check, and when this is done you can press "configure&q... Read more

A:Wifi dropping randomly on my laptop

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I've had this laptop for several weeks and each time I unplug the power cable to use it running off the battery, the wifi connection drops. The timing of when it drops is variable, but this happens consistently. I know from my other devices there is no issue with my Wifi service itself - my other devices remain connected at all times. The laptop will show as either no internet connections available at all (again, not true as my other devices confirm there are), or, my own Wifi is showing on the laptop, but as unavailable. This never happens when the laptop power cable is plugged in. I only ever unplug when there's sufficient power - usually from 100% battery. Please can someone advise?

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I keep having trouble staying on the wifi at a local coffee shop (Panera). Once I connect, it stays connected for maybe 10 minutes. Then constantly drops off. Disconnect, wait a minute then reconnect, and it might work again for a short time.

Reboot the laptop, and the process starts all over again.

Never have any trouble on any other wifi. Another laptop that I will occasionally bring stays connected for well over an hour. Same with my phone.

Can anyone offer any suggestions. Thanks.
Here are the specs to the laptop.

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Im having the same issues and I've tried everything you said and its still disconnecting i have an hp 15-p030nr... What should i do??? Please help

A:Re: HP Laptop Pavilion g6 - wifi connection dropping out



Thank you for joining HP Forums. 
I'll be glad to help you

As I understand the WiFi keeps disconnecting or dropping on its own,

Don't worry as I have a few steps to resolve your concern,


Here's a guided troubleshooter that will help fix this issue: Click here


To use the automatic troubleshooter, follow these steps:
If your computer has a wireless key or button on or near the keyboard and the wireless activity light is off or amber in color, then press the key or button to enable your wireless adapter. This key might be the F10 key, F12 key or labeled with a symbol of an airplane.
If wireless activity comes on or the activity light turns blue, you have enabled wireless on your system. Try connecting to the Internet again. If problems persist, continue using these steps.
If your computer does not have a wireless key or the wireless activity lights remains off or orange, then continue using these steps.
Click Start, type troubleshooting into the Search field.
Select troubleshooting from the search results.
Click Network and Internet.
Click Internet Connections
For more steps: Click here


If the information I've provided was helpful, give us some reinforcement by clicking the solution and kudos buttons, that?ll help us and others see that we?ve got the answers!
Good Luck.

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I've had an HP Laptop Pavilion g6 for around a year, operating on Windows 8.1 I'm repreatedly (and increasingly) losing wifi connection to router - all other devices using the same wifi connection (desktop pc, nexus phone, samsung phone) all retain connection and internet access but the Pavilion keeps dropping off. Other related posts on this forum have suggested the issue may be an outdated driver - how do I check that?


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A:HP Laptop Pavilion g6 - wifi connection dropping out

Hello again Pragmata, It is good to hear from you again! Since the issue continues after you power down the notebook, I also recommend following the steps below to correct this issue: 1. Open DEVICE MANAGER  2. Open up NETWORK ADAPTERS  3. Right click on the WiFi Adapter for the pc and left click on PROPERTIES  4. Click on POWER MANAGEMENT at the top.  5. Remove the check mark beside : ALLOW THE COMPUTER TO TURN OFF THIS DEVICE TO SAVE POWER  6. Click OK  7. Close DEVICE MANAGER and test.     NOTE:  It may also be checked under the FAMILY CONTROLLER (eg. Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller which would be listed under the WiFi Card). If so, you could remove the check mark beside ALLOW THE COMPUTER TO TURN OFF THIS DEVICE TO SAVE POWER. Please re-post with the results of your troubleshooting, and I look forward to your reply!Regards

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I have two laptops here at home that I run through a wireless router for my internet. My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite series laptop running Windows Vista and is giving me absolutely no problems whatsoever. My wife's on the other hand is losing connection from the internet about every hour or so. It's not happening at any certain interval but sporadic. When this happens she has to use the Repair my Connection option several times to get the internet back working again. Her laptop is a Sony Vaio running Windows Vista 64 bit.

I wondered to start with if the 64 bit was the problem. I've updated my routers internal software. It's a Netgear wireless router. Anything else I need to add? Help?


A:Laptop dropping wifi connection at home - Help!

Check Sony's site for any update wireless drivers for her laptop.

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Every few minutes, my laptop looses connectivity with my router which requires me to reconnect manually.  Other devices behave normally.Sometime, when I run the trouble-shoot function, this resets the adaptor, which will often resolve the issue for a temporary period of time. Lastly, despite attempting to make adjustments to the power settings, the laptop will go to sleep after just a couple of minutes.  This is even with the settings set to "Never".  Don't know if this is connected to the general issues regarding wifi connection. Appreciate some help.

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Recently experiencing issues with wifi, dropping and disconnecting regularly by itself, having to restart laptop or router several times to be able to reconnect. The other laptop in the household (hp pavilion as well but different model) has an intel network adapter and doesnt have any issue, but this laptop has a realtek network adapter and in the past two weeks, it's been horribly frustrating and a struggle to connect. I tried to uninstall and reinstall the drivers but it didnt fix the issue. I have tried several 'solutions' seen online (untick boxes, power management...) but without any success. It looks like it may have something to do with the router itself (though it has worked normally for weeks before the trouble start), but considering the second laptop doesnt face any issue,  does anyone know if there's a fix?

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I have a Gateway laptop model NE56R31u with Windows 8. I've had it a little over a year and it has worked fine up until the last few months. First it started taking a while to acknowledge a wifi signal when I would turn my computer on. Where it was instant before it was now taking anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. It did this for about the last 3 months. Now, it will completely drop my wifi connection at random. It happens every day and anywhere from every 5 minutes to 3 hours sometimes. I'm sure its not a problem with my router or anything to do with my internet service because it happens at my work as well. I have 8 signals close enough there to show up in my networks and when it drops it, it won't recognize any of them. I have to restart it each time for it to connect again. All of the settings in my network adapter are as they have always been and I checked to see if the drivers may need updated but I have the latest version. Can anyone help?? Thanks!

A:Laptop keeps dropping Wifi (Moved from Windows 8 forum)

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So I have a super weird issue going on here.

I live in a house where there is a wifi network, umm its through comcast but i know nothing about the router itself, just that i cannot connect to the network, everyone else in the house gets 5 bars from the signal but i get only 1-2 and cannot stay connected.

Now i can connect just fine to my own wireless hotspot on my phone, from the library or starbucks,and everyone else can connect to the home network with no issue, except for me....

does anyone know why this might be?

Asus gaming laptop
windows 10 operating system
not sure what else info is needed i'm not very tech oriented just want to connect to my home network and i can't and everyone else can

A:My wifi signal on my laptop is messed up

everyone else in the house gets 5 bars from the signal but i get only 1-2 and cannot stay connected.Click to expand...

And that is when you are next to each other ?

It may be worth looking to see if a new driver is available

Whats the exact model of the ASUS Laptop

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I just reinstalled the OS on my laptop, and would like to know which drivers or download I need to access the internet via wifi.  I get my signal from a free wifi public wifi.  When I set up, it asked if I connected to the internet through a cable or another option, I think I incorrectly chose cable, should I reinstall?  Or can I just download the proper drivers and be able to find a signal from there? 
I access the internet on another computer and transfer whatever I need via USB.  Thanks for looking.

A:What do I need to find a wifi signal on my XP laptop?

Tell us the model of your laptop, so we can provide you proper drivers.

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Can anyone recommend a simple and inexpensive way to boost the WiFi reception signal strength of a Laptop.

When I am away from the office I often use WiFi Hotspots to connect to the Internet. Some Hotspots are very good and provide a good signal, but the strength of other Hotspot signals is often very poor. If you check the signal strength it is often so weak that connection is not possible or frequently drops out.

If possible I would prefer not to change the WiFi card in the Laptop but rather use something like an antenna to boost the received signal.



A:Boost WiFi Signal to Laptop

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I have a window's 8 laptop. It is about a year old. A few months ago it just suddenly stopped getting a strong wifi signal in my room. The wireless router is in the other room. I assumed that it was just our router, a belkin, and started using an ethernet cable rather then replace it. However, I am visiting my girlfriend and the router is in her room. I took my laptop to the other room and suddenly I only have one bar of connection and nothing will load, like it does at my house. Even sitting right next to the modem get 3 to 4 bar signal strength. I have no idea what to do. I have ran virus checks and malware checks. Nothing turned up. I tried checking to see if my wireless driver needed to be updated but it says that it's up to date and functioning properly, which clearly it isn't. My wireless driver is qualcomm atheros ar9485 802.11. Please help.

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I just got a new Pavilion laptop  yesterday and so far I like it except for one thing. When I'm working in my home office, I hook the laptop up to two monitors, a keyboard, etc. I found out through the forums that the wifi antennae is in the lid and when the lid is closed my wifi signal degrades so much my computer is basically useless. Is there a way I can boost the signal with the lid closed? Would an extra antennae help? This is a pretty ridiculous antennae design for people who use their laptops in home offices hooked up to monitors. 

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My brother bought this laptop for me as a gift about a month and a half ago and it keeps freezing, no matter what I do. I tried updating several drivers as well as the BIOS but it just keeps freezing. I edit youtube videos, as well as write and author books and it's really frustrating when I am working on a project and I look away for a split second and the **bleep** thing has frozen. It freezes up in a way where I can't even it CRTL ALT DELETE to go into taskmaster, everything is frozen. The mouse, the screen, the keyboard won't work, I have to completely shut it off and therefore lose a lot of work.It even freezes up when I restart it, as soon as my desktop opens it will freeze and I have to restart again. I am this close to throwing the thing across the room.Another thing is the wifi signal keeps dropping, I updated the drivers and I have no idea where to go from here. It will show my router is available but no be connected to it, and when I try to connect it says connection not available. And it's not just my router, it's any other place I go to and try to use the WiFi. I am beyond frustrated.

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I use road runner cable internet from time warner. I have a linksys wrt54g wireless router that was purchased many years ago. In our apartment, we have 3 computers. One is a desktop. The other 2 is laptops. One of the laptops we use is in a room very far from my room where the router and desktop computer is located at. The connection for the wireless is pretty bad so you have to go to the living room right next to it to get a better connection.
At first i thought i fixed this problem by upgrading the firmware as i have never did this before ever. I upgraded it to firmware version 4.21.5 for the linksys router. At first it seemed like the signal got better from that room but now its as bad as it was before.
My question is what could be the problem? I put my router on top of my desktop computer so it wouldn't be on the table where so many things could block it. Thus its at the highest point i could put the router in my room.
So i tried something different. Well i then brang my laptop to that room and went on the same site as the other computer and went to load the same streaming videos. My laptop however... the connection was faster than the other laptop in that room which is far away from where the desktop/router is at. Basically you can't even stream a video in that room most of the time but my laptop could.
Does that mean that my router isn't the problem since the wireless signal works fine for my laptop there whereas the inspiron 15r goes much slower... Read more

A:Wifi Signal Not Strong Enough- Router or Laptop Problem?

Someone suggested to take the router out of my room and bring it to the living room so it would be closer to that laptop. I was going to do this but i cannot b/c there is a wire that connects from my cable modem to this other thing. I'm not sure what its called but basically it is connected to these wires on the top in my hallway. Does anyone know what that is called?

Someone suggested i could buy a usb wireless adapter like this

Does that mean plugging this into that computer possibly could make the connection stronger in that room? I'm thinking that the reason has to be because that laptops wireless card isn't strong like mine which is why? But would buying this solve the problem?

Someone said buy another router because my router is very old and to get an N router. Should i do this instead? The thing is i'm thinking its not the router fault as my wireless is fine with my laptop in that room. thoughts on this? And if i should do this, can someone recommend me a wireless router that has good range? There are soo many routers on amazon.com with good/bad reviews and it seems like the good reviews they have, there are tons of bad ones as well.
Someone said my other option would be to buy some wireless extender. I checked amazon but aren't these basically wireless router with an extender?

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We noticed on our phones a very strong WiFi signal in our house and discovered it was coming from our laptop windows 10.     The signal name is "Direct-OU [name of laptop]ASMQ".  We know this because we turned off WiFi on the laptop and the signal disappeared.   We could not find anywhere in the settings with Direct in the name.Do you know what this is and how to turn it off?Thanks!

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I have read through a lot of threads on here and tried different fixes and so far nothing has worked.

I have disabled the ISATAP Adapter #4 as I thought that was an issue....still not working
I have deleted all of my networks and tried to reconnect....still not working.
I have tried the ipconfig/all command .... still not working.
I have checked and all drivers are up to date.
I have reset my router to make sure it wasn't an issue with that.

It either will connect with "local access only" or it will connect for maybe 15 seconds and then the connection is gone, or says it cannot connect because it is not getting an answer from my router.

When I search for a network, it shows my network with full signal strength.

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 with a Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN mini-card
Running Vista 32bit.
What has changed...

I recently updated my desktop to Windows 7 (not sure if this could effect the Wifi)
Recently switched to Qwest fiber optic internet (but a tech came out and set it up, and everything was working fine until today)

I'm lost now, I am not sure what to do, and my wife needs this computer to be able to connect to Wifi so she can work from home.

Thanks in advance for any and all help.

A:Full Signal Strength, cannot get Laptop to connect to WiFi

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I'm going to try and explain this as best as possible. I have a wireless camera system that is connected to a wifi router, the purpose of this is to give the wireless camera a connection point to the dvr. There is no internet signal to this router. I want to be able to view my cameras over an internet connection, so I can use my mobile device to view them wherever I want.

An ethernet cable needs to be plugged directly into the dvr in order to allow it to connect to the internet, problem is I am using a wifi signal from a business next to mine and have no way of doing so. Is there a way for me to connect my wifi connected laptop to the router via an ethernet cable into the WAN port, and use one of the LAN ports to connect to the dvr while being able to send the signal to the dvr allowing it to connect to the internet?

Please let me know if I need to give more information on what I'm trying to accomplish. Your answers are greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Hello,My laptop is hp15 r006tu notebook and it is DOS laptop. Recently upgraded from windows8 to windows10. Then I have a problem with wifi connecting. So again I reinstalled windows8 two times because my laptop wifi signal receiving capacity reduces. I dont know why it happens.. Then I installed sp71571 but i didnt get any result. So I installed Broadcom 802.11b g n WLAN Driver - sp69929.. These two drivers are taken from hp support website for my laptop. Still I didnt get the result. Finally I installed only  sp71571 and I am using windows8 default driver 802.11 wireless Lancard.   I connect to wifi easily but receiving capacity reduces.And I think that my laptop has problem with wifi drivers. Please help me in this....

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I had installed UBUNTU 16.04 LTS - 64 bit in my new HP Laptop - 15-AC-649TU. On first day there was no problem, but after some update next day when I started my system wifi signals shows very wear even some time it drops. Even not working in next room where my wifi router is kept, only working in the room where the router is kept. Kindly suggest how to resolve this issue. I had also automatically updated my OS, even though the problem persist.

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I am having an intermittent issue with my Asus RT-AC88U router (purchased about 4 months ago). The issue started about a week ago and there have been no changes I have initiated to the router or my Windows 10 Pro PC.

I noticed it first on my phone when at home, it would connect to WiFi (2.4GHz) just fine but said under the connection that internet was not available. 5GHz and wired connections had internet just fine. Resetting (power cycling) the router did not fix it but sometimes it seemed to fix it's self. Last night I had no WiFi on 2.4 but this morning it's fine. My provider is Comcast but if it was Comcast I think the issue would be on 2.4 and 5.

I contacted Asus via their support chat and the tech. had me change some setting and I figured that fixed it till the problem showed up again a day and a half later.

Has anyone had a similar issue and if so found a fix? Is this a router hardware issue and I should contact Asus for a replacement?

Thanks for the help!!

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Hi guys,
I have a strange problem with my laptop Dell m3800 with Windows 10 and Dell dw1560 Wifi mini card with Broadcom 94352 chip.
I am living in Europe but for some reason my wifi card cannot detect channels 12-13 on 2.4Ghz.
I think this is Windows 10 fault because after I fresh install everything it was working on channels 12-13, after I logged into Microsoft account it cannot detect channels 12-13 anymore.

Does anybody know how to fix this?

A little help will be much appreciated.

Thanks in advanced

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Hi there, both my wife and I have the same x1 extreme 20mf. Mine has trouble communicating with the 2.4 ghz wifi in our home, my wife's does not. Mine can connect but communication is extremely slow. Connecting to the 5ghz in our home is fine on both computers. Mine even has trouble with 2.4ghz when setting up a clean windows 10 install after formatting. Here are the things I have already tried:I have already tried replacing the wifi card in my computer but the new one performs in the same way. I would suspect that the antenna is shorting out somewhere (I don't actually know if that is a thing).I have tried several driver versions 20.70 and 20.50 and 20.120 all same behavior (my wife's is 20.70 and hers works fine).I have tried all the solutions at https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht502846 and none worked for me.I am staying in East Africa until late May so I can't send my computer off to get fixed, but I'm open to any other solutions. Even if there's a guide on how to check the antennas I'd be willing to give that a try. Thanks in advance for any help.

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at the tipping point right now. I am the landlord's son (my mother)
bought this $300 plus tax router and 2.4 ghz wifi entirely decides to not work most of the time.
restarted, rebooted, factory reset, downloaded other firmwares, NOTHING WORKS WTF!
sent a ticket to asus online and so far no reply call center is permanently closed I am guessing.

I am never buying asus crap again.

I have tried to switch wifi password into wpa auto personal etc etc except wep there is no wep setting on this dam thing.
I am running out of options. cant return it to bestbuy and they wont accept the return

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If you are connected to 2.4GHz wifi, and connect a bluetooth mouse, the mouse seems to lose bandwidth, skipping around the screen when moving. If you toggle wifi off and on again, the issue goes away. If you connect the Bluetooth device AFTER wifi is connected, it works fine.
As I understand, this is a Dell-branded Broadcomm radio.

XPS 15 9550
Dell wireless 1830 BT 4.1 LE w/new Surface arc mouse
BT driver version:
Dell wireless 1830 802.11ac on a 2.4GHz N network
Wifi driver version: 1.555.0.0

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If you are connected to 2.4GHz wifi, and connect a bluetooth mouse, the mouse seems to lose bandwidth, skipping around the screen when moving. If you toggle wifi off and on again, the issue goes away. If you connect the Bluetooth device AFTER wifi is connected, it works fine.
As I understand, this is a Dell-branded Broadcomm radio.

Dell wireless 1830 BT 4.1 LE w/new Surface arc mouse
BT driver version:
Dell wireless 1830 802.11ac on a 2.4GHz N network
Wifi driver version: 1.555.0.0

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HiLooking for the part number to replace wireless card in notebook.I need a dual band 2.4ghz and 5ghz card.Current part is HP p/n 709505-001 sps#709848-001ThanksGlenn

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                           I want to notify that my wifi adapter is not detecting 5Ghz bandwidth it detects only 2.4Ghz ,I am using Y50-70 Laptop (Lenovo) it is a high end gaming PC which has this feature and the hardware capability to detect 5Ghz bandwith.I Bought this laptop on 25/12/2014, i have been using this laptop ever since ,i was using this laptop in LAN to access internet for faster internet ,at certainty I started using the internet using WIFI ,but i came to notification that it only detects  2.4Ghz bandwidth,but this model and the WiFi adapter has the capability to detect 5Ghz bandwidth , i went to the lenovo service centers (Volta Technology Solutions in Chennai many times, but they are not rectify the problem clearly and they asked to mail to the customer care or to call. Please notify this mail as soon as possible and rectify the issue in the means of replacement of the WIFI adapter within the warranty period. Laptop serial no : CB33567993    Model no: 80EJ59431090

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Troubles with my wifi. On my pc and multiple phone I see many 2.4Gz access points ( over 15 ) but on my Yoga book is see none.I only see my 5Ghz access point. When i connect to this wifi point i only have some connection but only if i stay is the room. Leaving the room i also loose my connection. Same connection on my android phone i still have 100% power.A other problem is i lose my internet connection. I did reset my network and restart my yoga book, but no real approvement at all. Any suggestions?Hans

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Hi all, this is my first post so I really appreciate all of the help and I can't tell you how much I've benefitted from the things I've read while lurking here over the last few days. Now, on to the show...

I have an HP workstation with a Q35 based mother board that had a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo in it (E6550), and I wanted to put the processor into my new rig, but still want to use the old comp. I have a Cedar Mill core Pentium 4 3.4GHz HT that's also socket 775 and I thought I'd just stick that in the HP since it doesn't need the better processor. Now, when I try to boot the HP, I get a couple of beeps and the fan just goes on overdrive and stays that way until I shut the thing off, but it never boots.

What's weird is that I can stick the Core 2 Duo back in and everything boots up just fine, but the thing just hates on that P4 like no tomorrow. Now I've used the P4 in my new rig just to make sure it wasn't shot, and it works like a charm. It's just in that workstation with the Q35 mother board that I'm getting nowhere. Any thoughts?

A:Cedar Mill P4 3.4Ghz in Q35 mobo won't boot. Swapped in for C2D E6650 2.4Ghz

Your workstation motherboard probably does not support that P4 processor. Just because it is socket 775 doesn't mean it is compatible.

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I just moved into an L shaped house with one side office and the other side apartment. The office owner is the landlord so we get free wifi. The problem is that periodically the wireless signal stalls out when loading a webpage or video.

Their setup is a Motorola Surfboard (Maybe SB5100?) that goes to a Linksys 8 port switch. 6-7 of those ports are taken up by ethernet cables going to computers while one goes to the upstairs netgear wireless router.

The wireless signal is not 100% all the time where we are in the house (ranging from 75%-100%). So I went out and bought a Western Digital N600 router to replace their older netgear router. I figured this would solve the problem but it didn't we are still getting the same range and the signal is still dropping.

I checked the software of the linksys switch through my browser and it says its running 2006 firmware. I think this may be a choke point but I am thinking it might also have something to do with the router.

Either way my landlord is willing to cooperate with me since I replaced the router and didn't see any improvements. Any ideas on what I should do?

Here are the traceroute results:

traceroute to (, 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 3.991 ms 1.889 ms 1.873 ms
2 10.992 ms 10.493 ms 10.183 ms
3 11.352 ms 16.212 ms 14.006 ms
4 13.688 ms 15.831 ms 12.424 ms
5 33.962 ms 35.165 ms 35... Read more

A:Wi-Fi signal dropping

How many walls/floors are between you & the wi fi?
I ask because I'm in a two story building & my wi fi has to go thru a floor & several walls, lotsa interference. I'm considering a cantennae http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantenna
"A cantenna is a directional waveguide antenna for long-range Wi-Fi used to increase the range of (or discover) a wireless network, made out of an open ended metal can. The cylinder portion of the can may consist of metal-coated paperboard."
Oddly enough, I have no problem using a laptop, just tower get low signals .

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