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Old 01-22-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Router keeps dropping my connection Slackware

My router is a NetGear WNR1000v2, with V1.1.2.50 firmware. Whenever I connect with my Slackware box, I will be connected for so long (varies), but then, out of the blue, it will drop the connection. I am connecting wirelessly, and I didn't have any trouble with my old router (that is, until my dad blew it up xD).

It doesn't affect any of the Windoze boxes in my house, that the rest of my family use, and I don't know if it affects my Ubuntu lappy, as Ubuntu reconnects, generally before I notice anything.

It used to be very occasionally, mainly if I didn't use the network in a while, but since the firmware update I ran today, it has happened much more frequently. Any ideas?

Old 01-23-2012, 07:44 AM   #2
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I presume that you're getting not just browser malfunctioning, but something like "wireless/wired connection disconnected" or something like that. Am I right?

I'm not competent to speak about driver/OS issues, so I'll, though I have doubts, give a guess from network point of view:

If you have static IP in your Slackware(last time I used slack it was default configuration), and the rest of your family uses dynamic addresses(default for Win & Ubuntu), it might be possible that DHCP gave the IP address, that you use as static, to some other computer. When both machines try to get online, you would have that kind of crash - and occurrences of the problem would be unpredictable as they are. Though, in that case someone else should have same trouble in the same time... :-\ Never mind, you could give it a try - check if it's possible to get the same address as someone else in your network.

The other thing is the same thing on a lower level - MAC address conflict, but that is waaaay improbable, unless you were tweaking something. Checking is easy - just compare all MAC addresses. None should have a match.

Last thing that come up my mind is that you miss-configured something and having address that is in some other way defective, but that is also troublesome explanation, because in that case you wouldn't suppose to be able to connect at all. Could you tell us, what is your configuration of internal network(DHCP config, default gateway, netmask), and what is your slack machine address?
Old 01-27-2012, 10:38 AM   #3
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Sorry for taking so long, been rather busy.

I'm on DHCP, this is confirmed (it took me a while to figure out how to configure this for my wireless device, may have something to do with it :-)

My MAC addresses are fine, AFAIK, checked just now. No conflicts.

I'm not too well versed in terms of network config, so I'm not entirely sure what you mean. But ifconfig returns:
wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:11:3B:136:E0
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::211:3bff:fe13:d6e0/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:82032 errors:0 dropped:16 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:72745 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:90428878 (86.2 Mb) TX bytes:13065495 (12.4 Mb)
Not too sure if this helps, let me know if there's any other config information I need to post (and steps to obtain it, as I said, I'm no network admin... getting there though)


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