I have a wireless network at home which seems to work fine on most computers, however one of my laptops has problems and will take the wireless network down in some situations.
Just to give you some more information on the setup:
- BT Home Hub 3 Wireless Router (was originally using Home Hub 2)
- LG R2N1 NAS (The one with 2 drive slots and DVDRW)
- 2 Laptops (There are more but usually only 2 are on at any given time unless friends are round)
The NAS is connected directly into the router, and everything else is wireless, it is secured and I have tried changing the channels, even used a wifi channel scanner on my phone to find the most open channel to use.
My laptop is a Samsung (cant remember model number off top of my head, but its 13" and of the newer shape, the big brother of the dual core atom netbook, only got it a few months back), this is the one which has the problems. Windows 7, drivers up to date, anti virus and spyware installed and updated.
The other laptop that is frequently used is my other one which is the netbook version mentioned above, with the curves on the back. That has no problems and works fine, also has anti virus and spyware apps, and windows 7 starter.
A guaranteed way to break the routers wireless via laptop
If I navigate to the NAS (mapped as my N:/) and select anything to copy over, could be a 1mb file, or a 2gb file, or a collection inbetween. It will get about 5% in, then just halt. If I cancel it then the network usually stays up, but if I leave it for over 30 seconds, normally the wireless goes down at the router and disconnects everyone in the house, then I get the message that the file has failed and the N:/ can no longer be connected to.
When copying files over, the speed will fluctuate, and on occasion it will tell me it cant find the N:/ but the network will still be active, then about 2 minutes later it will find it again, same problem.
To get the network running again I need to go and reset the router, sometimes I will also need to disable and re-enable my laptops wireless, which then takes about 2 minutes to connect back up.
This problem will manifest regardless of how I am copying, be it through windows, ftp, it also seems to affect me downloading from external websites, which go EXTREMELY slow and dont usually take out the router, but will often fail even after 10%. Websites are occasionally slow to navigate, but that is the case with alot of people.
Things I have tried to fix the problem
- Checking for viruses etc
- Updating drivers
- Reinstalling Windows
- Turning wireless card off for >1 min then back on (a couple of times this has fixed the problem for a short peroid)
- Turning off bluetooth (I believe in this laptop the bluetooth and wireless share same hardware)
- Changing router settings (channel, security, removing old devices from its cache)
- DNS Clearing and all other command line network related network cache cleanups
- Changing windows wireless settings to optimize speeds
- Factory reset router (this seemed to work for a short period, then reverted to same problems on network)
None of the above have any effect, other than the odd occasions I have turned the wireless off and back on again, or the one time I factory reset the router. The first time I did this and it worked I thought I had fixed it, but unfortunately not, a couple of hours later it displayed symptoms again.
Some interesting bits of information
I often use my laptop with my Android phone for internet usage as I am often out and about and need an internet connection, when doing this I connect through wifi to the phone, the internet seems slightly more stable on this connection, maybe not as fast, but doesnt randomly crash out when downloading, which makes me think the wireless card isnt entirely to blame if it works fine on other networks.
If I look in the BT Home hubs web dashboard and go to the advanced settings and look at the connection information there are LOADS of Errors (I am away from the home network at the moment but it is something like 300/1256492366, and I did a few rough tests resetting the router and checking the levels and they seemed to go up ALOT faster if I do something major on the network with the problem laptop.
I have a PS3 and Xbox on the network as well, Xbox is RJ45 PS3 is wifi, they are rarely on and have no correlation to the problem, however I can watch high definition video files from the NAS on the PS3 over wireless without problems and for a long period. So the wireless network itself seems quite stable with all other devices, just not with the laptop.
The laptop reports that it is connected to the wireless using N and usually says around 65mb transfer speed, I have going back to G and still no difference, the router is about waist height in the lounge near a window and the signal strength is excellent on everything.
I am happy to answer any questions and try any recommendations, I am getting fibre installed next week so will get a new BT router, so hoping that the problem may sort itself out, but I ideally dont want to send my laptop back as I need it for work and it seems fine on every other network, just not the home one :(
== EDIT ==
Updated to show that I now have a BT HomeHub 3, and it also has same problems. I have also downloaded a demo of CommView and set the working laptop to monitor my network and then started copying a file.
Some interesting things came out of this, monitoring the wireless channel.
The MOMENT I started copying the amount of packets with the retry flag set started to rocket up, from 0 to over 5000 in roughly 30 seconds. No ICV or CRC errors are recorded though, so I am not sure why it needs to keep retrying.
Also some other details:
Signal - -91/-34/-11 Rate - 0.5/7.75/24
Not sure what the above means but if you are looking at this maybe you do :)