Weak wireless

Grrr….I’m having all sorts of problems connecting to wireless in Fredericton.  I have my eee 1000HE netbook with me, and I am having a hard time connecting to wireless routers anywhere, even when sitting at my parents’ house, right beside their router!  It worked yesterday, and then got more and more flaky.  My iPhone can see wireless just fine.

I can see the wireless networks come up up in the taskbar at the top of the screen, and they are showing various levels connectivity, looking pretty normal, really.  But when I try to select on of them, it sits there and thinks about it forever with the spinner going, and then just tells me that the wireless network is disconnected.  Then if I actually do manage to connect, it’s just really really slooooowwww.

I wondered if I had done something wonky to my settings in Ubuntu, so I tried booting Moblin from my USB flash drive.  It did the same thing.  🙁  So is there something wrong with my hardware?  I don’t remember ever having so many problems with wireless.  I couldn’t even upload a single picture to Facebook because it would just times out!  It’s all very frustrating.  I should note that if I’m plugged into a wired network, it’s all fine.  Slow, but at least it works reliably.

I’m sitting at Read’s coffee shop/bookstore downtown, and I’m able to connect to the Fred e-zone, but it’s only showing between 2-15% at any point in time.

Well, there’s my rant for today.  I don’t rant very often, but I’m just not sure what else to try, and it’s very frustrating.   Maybe my netbook just doesn’t like Canadian wireless?

Maybe I just need to calm down, put my netbook away, drink a few glasses of mulled wine and enjoy the snowy beauty of my hometown 🙂

3 thoughts on “Weak wireless

  1. Hm…I’m still not 100% certain about this, but I think the wireless issues were related to the router at my parent’s place. Their D-Link router was giving all of the wireless devices in the house problems when it was using WPA security. Now it’s switched to WEP, and everything seems to be working. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but it seems pretty suspicious.

  2. That is probably a coincidence. My eee701 picks up wpa and wpa2 ok. I have seen this pop up when the router runs out of addresses in its DHCP table for one reason or another. Restarting the router, which you’d have to do to switch from WEP to WPA, would fix the problem.

  3. At home we use wpa2 and it works just fine, but for some reason it wasn’t working at my parents’ house. We reset it several times, it would work for a bit, and then just stop working after about half an hour. I didn’t really spend a lot of time on it though, so it could just be a coincidence that the last switch made a difference.

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