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Access point killing my connection to router
Any ideas?

 4:32 am on Jul 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

I just installed a wireless router for the home and need to install some access points. I take my laptop down to the area where the access point is and can surf the net etc. even though the signal strength is very weak. I turn on the access point and when the access point boots up, I show a signal strength of very strong, yet this kills my connectivity to the internet for whatever reason.

I am using 3com equipment and all of it is on the same channel. I've looked at the trouble shooting and everything should be working, but it is not. As soon as I unplug the access point, then I get the weak connectivity back to the internet. Do I have a bad access point, or is the problem something else?



 5:32 am on Jul 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Is this access point configured as a "signal repeater" to serve as an "relay station" between your wireless router (I presume this router is the internet gateway) and the Wireless Laptop? That is, was that your goal, and did you configure the access point in that mode?



 5:43 am on Jul 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes and have tried many different options, but when access point boots up, it kills the current weak connection to the router.


 6:07 am on Jul 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Is there any indication on the Laptop that it is re-negotiating a new IP address via DHCP?

Is this access point also completely wireless?

Regardless of the state of the laptop, can you "log in" to the access point's configuration "Web page" from another machine on the same router?

I'm just throwing questions out because a lot of things have to be right for this to work; You can have channel collisions, IP address collisions (if the router and access point both have configuration "Web pages", then they must be at different IP addresses), and after that, there's the security encryption, MAC address filters -- all that.



 7:08 am on Jul 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks Jim. Yes access is wireless and yes we can acess the "web page". Need to look into the different ip addresses and such though. Encryption is turned off to setting up of network.
Of course in the instructions it appears to be nothing more than a plug and play type config, but this is not the case.


 10:55 am on Jul 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

Maybe changing the channel used by your router to emit could avoid the interference with them. Try to scan with a wardriving tool and chose an unused channel, from one to eleven.
Some routers have an option to change the channel automatically if interference is detected.


 1:24 pm on Aug 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

"need to install some access points"

1 turn of dhcp on the acess points just let the router do that.

Now next question how are you connecting the acess points to the router?

1 Wired ie you have a cable running from each ap to the router? (this is the standard way )
2 Wirelessly

#2 is tricky as you are trying to set up a WDS wirless distribution system or bridge separate wiredlans to the router - thisisn't in the standard you can do it but normaly all the ap and the routers need to be from the same manafacturer.

you can use range extenders to expand your coverage but each hop cuts the bandwidth in half.

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