Router Dropping Will not connect

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mashinhead, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    So i moved into a new place with roommates who have an existing router setup. The have a pretty fast internet connection and a setup with an older netgear router. One has an old macbook (13-widescreen) and one a sony netbook of some sort or a really small viao.

    The both connect to the internet with out a problem.

    I have a new aluminum macbook and I can't connect. Usually what will happen is I will get home and have a decent connection for about 5 minutes. After that pages will load but the progress bar will stall. And then within five minutes I can't open anything, and finally it will boot me off, and when i try to reconnect it just asks me for the password which is saved in the keychain and it just does a connection timeout til i give up.

    Now the weird thing is this. I tried bypassing the router and direct connecting the cable modem and still nothing. I have gone into the settings, messed with those, rebooted, everything an I can't solve it (both my roommates are not techies so they aren't much help). I have no problem connecting to anyother network. it is a WEP set up. ANY help would be most appreciated.
  2. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Might want to try changing to WPA if the router supports it for security sake. Might also want to try disabling security and see if that helps.

    If the router is very old, you should make sure it has the latest firmware update available for good measure.

    Also if it's very old, it could have to do with the wireless encryption bit-rate that is used with WEP. You can choose from several different ones, I would try 128bit.
  3. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    I did all that and there is no change. mine is the only machine that will not hold a connection, AND oddly neither will my iphone. I bought a new router but it was DOA so I have to wait to check that out.
  4. mashinhead thread starter macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    Actually upon further investigation I have noticed the firmware can be upgraded (the router in question is a netgear WGT624) however it rejects the upgrade, i do this hardwired and it just rejects teh file that i download for the upgrade as invalid.

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