New Router, Network Issues.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by foo1osophy, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. foo1osophy macrumors newbie

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    Just bought a new WRT160N router.

    Previously, I had my laptop and desktop in the same room. Every now and then I'd let my cousin use my desktop and we'd play some LAN WarCraft 3. The connection speed and signal strength on both the laptop and PC were great, and we never had issues with disconnecting. All of this in the same room.

    Now, with the new router we can no longer play a lag-free game of WC3 in the same room together. Also, the connection speed on one of the two will be fine, but the other will see a severe decrease in speed. Our old router was a WRT54GS. One would think the upgrade in router should increase the signal strength?

    So what's happening here? Should I tamper with the router settings to help with the interference? It seems like the two devices are battling for wireless connection to the router, and it's clogging up both of them.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Lanbrown macrumors 6502a

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    By definition, there is always contention with wireless. You have one source in and one source out. I would make sure that all devices have the latest patches and the wireless router has the most up to date firmware.

    A new router won't provide better signal; they are limited in their power output.

    Another possibility, you have a defective unit.
     
  3. foo1osophy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Fair enough. But do you have any idea why my old router worked fine with both the laptop and PC receiving a strong connection, yet the new one doesn't? Just curious.
     
  4. Lanbrown macrumors 6502a

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    Somethings just are not compatible and there are bugs. Cisco had an issue with Apple products a few years ago. It was quickly fixed, but it was still a bug.

    While there are standards, they're not cut and dry. Some people interpret them one-way and someone else another.
     

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