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I am not sure when this started happening or why, but I have a home office running:

  • a "server" XP machine with an external hard drive attached to it via USB, and
  • my working machine, also an XP machine.

Lately though, the network connection for the server drops and I cannot figure out what is causing this. I use the Remote Desktop frequently and this too drops off from time to time.

I can ping the server from Fing on my Android device and no packets drop, I can ping the machine from another machine on the network and it does not drop and lose remote desktop connection.

Is there anything else I can check, any monitoring tools I can use to find the source of the problem?

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How are the devices connected? Is it wired is it wireless? If wireless then is there something causing interference? A common occurrence when it drops off line? more details required to help here. –  Joe Taylor Feb 2 '12 at 12:43
    
Hi Joe. All the desktops are Cat5 wired. All the devices are wireless. And it only seems to happen to my machine –  SixfootJames Feb 2 '12 at 13:10
    
Are they connected via a seperate switch or is it just an all in 1 wireless router / switch they all connect through? Just trying to identify possible points of failiure –  Joe Taylor Feb 2 '12 at 17:52
    
All connected through the one router, a Netgear DGN2000. –  SixfootJames Feb 2 '12 at 18:06
    
When connection to the server drops can you still connect to other machines on the network from your main pc, to the internet etc? i.e. the problem isn't a complete loss of connection at the client end? –  Joe Taylor Feb 2 '12 at 18:12

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