Lost Wireless Connection




Clone the MAC address

Some ISP's clone the MAC address of you nic card. If you switch cards,computers or routers, your internet will not work.

Suggestion: if you already have a router and are switching to another one, take screen shots of all the settings of your old one. You should be able to type those settings in manually and get yourself back on the internet. If you prefer, you can print each of the settings by using 'print screen'.

The easy way is to call your provider and ask them to put in the new MAC address that is shown on the Status menu of your router. It only takes a couple minutes. Since the router supplies IPs to the computers, it is best to have the router MAC address programmed in at your providers end.

As hosts upgrade their equipment to the latest technology most will accept any MAC address automatically.

Wireless Connection Drop Out

Method #1

- courtesy Data Doctors (type WZC in search on their site for full details)

If your wireless connection randomly drops out then comes back on again, this may be the solution. It can be caused by Wireless Zero Configuration service. It can be turned off two ways.

Method #1

1.Windows Key + R
2. Type in: services.msc
3. Scroll down to the bottom to: Wireless Zero Configuration service.
4. Right-click on it and select the 'Stop'

Turn this off after you have accomplished a good internet connection.

Method #2 (I find this method best.)

Make two desktop shortcuts as follows:

To stop WZC: C:\WINDOWS\system32\net.exe stop wzcsvc

To start WZC: C:\WINDOWS\system32\net.exe start wzcsvc

(Windows 2000 users substitute "WINNT" for "WINDOWS" in your shortcuts.)

Again make sure you have a good internet connection before you turn WZC off. You may find if you close your browser that you have to turn WZC on, make the connection and then turn it off again. Using the desktop shortcuts makes this very simple and fast.

WZC will always be turned on automatically after any reboot. Turning this off prevents Windows searching for the best connection, thus often dropping the signal.

This procedure is only needed on wireless connections when connection drop out is a problem.

Wireless Connection Drop Out

Method #2 Click here for instructions.

Note: This has nothing to do with whether your internet comes via cable or DSL. Your modem to router connection remains the same.

Another way to prevent or at least lessen drop outs for a D-Link 624 router is to use its DHCP settings to assign a static ip address to each of your portable computers.

This locks each computer's MAC address to a specific ip address every time you log on.





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