Wired XP machine keeps losing Airport Extreme connection?

dagogo

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Jul 7, 2007
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I have an airport extreme broadcasting to an Imac and Macbook and never loose the wireless signal to these.

I have my upstairs PC running windows XP actually plugged into the extreme...and this is the machine that keeps losing the connection! I don't even know what to check. I'll be browsing and then all of a sudden, no internet...even though the apple machines are still going fine wirelessly. I'll try to repair the connection but that's never helped. I have to reboot the XP machine and then it's back online again.

This never even happened with the 5 year old SMC router I replaced. Any ideas...? :confused:
 

balamw

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Aug 16, 2005
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This happens a lot with the Dells at work. Just tell it not to autonegotiate the connection speed (i.e. set the speed and duplex settings to a fixed value) and you won't drop your link, even though this is probably an indication of bad wiring or a bad NIC.

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dagogo

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Jul 7, 2007
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Thanks B.
Where would I do this...on the extreme or the XP machine?
I just looked at the Network connections properties on this XP machine and didn't see any autonegotiate speed or duplex item options.

I'm not ruling out a bad cable, but like I said this started a few days after I swapped out the SMC router for the Extreme, so I figurered there was a correlation.
 

balamw

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Sorry! on the XP box.

Each NIC driver hides this in a different place, but it does really help cover a multitude of flakiness.

Hit the Configure button on the Local Area Connection Properties accessed from Network Connections.

At work we've seen a number of boxes that work fine on an adjacent port, but just can't get along with certain ports when in autonegotiate mode...

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