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    Why is this happening?
    well, for the past few months I've had the exact same setup.. cable modem, linksys router, and my powerbook (1.33 17").

    The past month i have had to occasionally (maybe sometimes once a week) reset my router to get an internet signal (unplugging it, letting it sit then plugging it back in).

    Well today, I have lost my signal quite a few times (it seems like almost every hour now). I'm having to unplug my router, modem, let them sit, and then re-start my computer just to get a signal again.

    You can see why this is a bit annoying to do every 1-2 hours.

    Any help would be great.

    Thank you.

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    I have a question for you. Have you installed the latest security update?

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    have you rearranged your furniture?

    i've had this happen, though usually only after some major change - rearanging major furniture, replacing the cable modem. after something like this, i'd lose signal from time to time, having to reset the modem and router.
    after a while the router seems to get used to it and it'll be rock solid.


    also, are you sure your following the reset process correctly?
    make sure to power off your router and modem (and anything connected wouldn't hurt either). power on the modem, make sure all the normal lights are lit and then maybe even wait another minute, and then power on the router. after another minute or so, power on any machines using the router that you want to try and see if they connect (and hold a connection).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reel1 View Post
    I have a question for you. Have you installed the latest security update?
    no clue, how do I do this or how do I know if I have done it?

    is it an AIRPORT update?

    And the only thing I've done is bring the laptop over to the couch, but I never had this problem before..

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    The security up date will be installed or can be found if you click on software update under the apple logo at the top of your screen.

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    downloading them now.

    Downloading AirPort V4.2 and Airport Update 2005-001 V1.0

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    Is your cable modem showing a cable signal during times when your internet is acting up? It might not be the wireless, could be the cable modem or the cable connector itself. Unscrew the coax cable from the modem, swab the copper inner wire with alcohol or an electronic solvent or similar then reconnect it to the modem. Most of the time when I have problems it traces back to my cable connection - either on the modem, the wall, or outside in the junction box where the cable comes in. Also unplug and reseat (replug) the flat plug wire that goes from your cable modem to your router a few times to ensure that it is getting good contact.

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    or just connect with an ethernet cable and see if you lose connection then. if you connect consitantly then you can rule out the modem and the router's basic level of functionality.

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    the-feed.net
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    If you are using a router, try changing the Channel in your router. You have choices from 1 - 11 I believe. Try each channel to see which works best. 6 is the default in most routers.

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    Well, even after the updates I'm still having the problem. When I get home I'll try out these other tips.

    Maybe it's new router time.

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    It could be the router going bad. Seen that many times.

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    really, how funny.

    Any routers you guys recommend?

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