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Not sure if I'm missing something obvious here. My connection to the 'net is via airport and a wireless router connected to an always on cable modem. `the airport card is he only device specified under network, and I have locked the folder to avoid changes.

Am I missing a trick here? The IP address allocated to the mac should not expire after a few hours and I'm using WPA security so I think it's secure but I seem to lose the connection after an hour or two of no use, or when the iMac goes to sleep. I then have to go through the whole setup again as my ssid is not visible and my password is from ****.

Apologies if this seems daft but I'm not sure how to fix this problem, any ideas please ?

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Hi Guys

Not sure if I'm missing something obvious here. My connection to the 'net is via airport and a wireless router connected to an always on cable modem. `the airport card is he only device specified under network, and I have locked the folder to avoid changes.

Am I missing a trick here? The IP address allocated to the mac should not expire after a few hours and I'm using WPA security so I think it's secure but I seem to lose the connection after an hour or two of no use, or when the iMac goes to sleep. I then have to go through the whole setup again as my ssid is not visible and my password is from ****.

Apologies if this seems daft but I'm not sure how to fix this problem, any ideas please ?

Thanks

Sipper
I had trouble with not broadcasting SSID and WPA. Broadcasting SSID and switching to WPA2 corrected the issues.

You can safely broadcast SSID. It is a common misconception that not broadcasting will yield better security. Even the weakest wi-fi sniffers can determine an SSID without it being broadcast. By not broadcasting it, you only make your wireless machines work harder to maintain and connect to a hotspot. Also, use a program like AirPort Radar to scan your neighborhood for other wi-fi hotspots and change your channel if someone else is using the same one.

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