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post #1 of 11
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Ever since he got it (a year or so ago), my dad brings his Mac when my parents visit. When I allow him access to my network, all other wireless connections drop and unsuccessfully attempt to re-establish themselves. Only when his laptop is off will the problem go away.

I haven't yet been able to take a good look at his network settings, but I know that his home network functions properly. I also haven't been able to specifically test his network with his laptop, but I've been able to use his network (with my machine) without problems.

No other wireless devices have caused this problem. Wired connections aren't affected (thus my ability to post this).

What is going on?
I'm getting pretty tired of this network hijacking every time he visits.
post #2 of 11
Windows 7 right?
That happens with xp computers on the network aswell.
Please go here
http://besthubris.com/computers-inte...ndows-7-error/
Then look at the instructions and look in event viewer if its happening to your pc
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Windows 7 right?
That happens with xp computers on the network aswell.
Nope...
Tested with another Mac and a Vista laptop in particular (what I have around right now). Both dropped without hesitation. Going to test with Linux and Win7 when I can.
post #4 of 11
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Nope...
Tested with another Mac and a Vista laptop in particular (what I have around right now). Both dropped without hesitation. Going to test with Linux and Win7 when I can.
yes but did you look in event viewer if the same thing is happening like in the link I posted? Its a old windows issue. Just read that link I posted and see if you see the same things
post #5 of 11
Sorry check what you meant there. What router do you have? Is it a LINKSYS WRT54G wireless router?
post #6 of 11
maybe disable the built in wifi and buy him a usb wifi dongle? it may be a faulty internal wifi adapter.
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Sorry check what you meant there. What router do you have? Is it a LINKSYS WRT54G wireless router?
I'm using a D-Link DSL-2640B. It's a modem/router combo. And if it still applies, I don't get those errors in event viewer.
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maybe disable the built in wifi and buy him a usb wifi dongle? it may be a faulty internal wifi adapter.
Hmm...I suppose I could pick one up at Fry's, but wouldn't his home networking also be screwy if that were the case?
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Btw, I believe he uses an AirPort Extreme at his home. This is info I've gathered from him - I haven't seen it in person.
post #8 of 11
Is the MAC running N where the others are running G? I've seen it a few times where if one laptop connects on a different band than the others, everything drops.
    
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post #9 of 11
try a firmware update first.
http://www.dlink.com/products/defaul...SL-2640B&tab=3

and...

''Do NOT upgrade firmware on any D-Link product over a wireless connection.
Failure of the device may result. Use only hard-wired network connections''
    
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Is the MAC running N where the others are running G? I've seen it a few times where if one laptop connects on a different band than the others, everything drops.
This is probably it. Try forcing your wireless to be G only, and see if that fixes the issue.
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