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Topic # 220359 7-Aug-2017 19:26
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I have been playing with an Android tablet and dongle and have run into something I don't understand (nothing new there). I have a wi-fi device right next to the desk and the Android devices and a Windows laptop all report the signal as strong. Yet the Android devices keep dropping the connection at odd moments. Usually it comes on again just afterwards, but this afternoon it refused to connect for a half-hour and nothing I tried (reset, power off and on) would get it to work. It showed the wi-fi signal as maximum strength and secured, but it wouldn't connect regardless of how many times I tapped on the button. Finally, it did connect while I was doing something else and everything worked fine again.

 

I have very limited Android experience and don't understand what is going on here. What prevents Android from connecting to a wi-fi signal that is strong and persistent? Why does the connection keep getting dropped? What am I missing?

 

Maybe I should add that there are few sources of interference nearby, just some computers and a landline wireless phone. We live in the countryside, away from transmission towers and competing wi-fi signals or electric fences.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1840764 7-Aug-2017 19:43
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I have a similar issue from time to time with my D-Link "Saipan" router and DHCP (it dynamically allocates IP addresses).

The problem is usually resolved by turning the router if for a minute then turning it back on. It only happens every 2-3 months (or longer). Otherwise, the router never goes off as it's on a UPS.





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  Reply # 1840773 7-Aug-2017 19:59
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  Reply # 1840777 7-Aug-2017 20:08
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I imagine so. The tablet is a cheap generic one I picked up on TradeMe long so. It is running 4.1. The other device is a dongle someone gave me just the  other day. It is running 4.0.1. I am just playing with them in anticipation of getting a full-blooded box for the TV.

 

 





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  Reply # 1840778 7-Aug-2017 20:11
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set your wifi channel to 1, 6 or 11


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  Reply # 1840779 7-Aug-2017 20:12
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As above, change your WiFi channel on your router to one of those. 





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And throw away your 2.4GHz cordless phone while your at it.



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  Reply # 1840932 8-Aug-2017 09:48
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Thanks. I have set it to channel 11. Will see how this works. 

 

 





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  Reply # 1841000 8-Aug-2017 11:51
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That seems to have done the trick. Thanks for the advice.

 

 





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