2 Wireless connections - keeps switching

  DOZYMARE 10:58 21 Jan 2009

We have 2 wireless connections in our house. 1 is right next to the computer the other is about 40 feet away. I want to connect to the 1 nearest my pc (sky) but it keeps connecting to the virgin one instead, which has a low signal.

I have changed the preferences, so that the Sky connection comes first in my preferred list but no sooner have I done that then the Virgin one moves back up to the top of the list on its own.

I also change the properties of the Virgin one so that it doesn't connect automatically. It changes to manual connection for a micro second then switches itself back to automatically connect.

I tried putting in a fake password so it couldn't connect but it still does!!

It's driving me mad. Has anybody got any other ideas?

Thanking you all in advance.

  ambra4 07:17 22 Jan 2009

Just change the SSID name on the routers

  DOZYMARE 09:55 22 Jan 2009

Thank you. Not being a technical whizz, do you have any idea how I would do that?

  ambra4 10:59 22 Jan 2009

Access the router and click the Wireless section in the router setting

By default some wireless router come setup with the manufacture name as the SSID address

3Com, Linksys, Belkin etc,

You should change the SSID address to a name you want to give each Wireless Network,

452john06 / ezyclip01 etc which would allow you to easily identify each network and connect to

the correct one

Save the setting and log out of router, now rescan for the wireless network that you want to

connect to and can browse the Internet

  ambra4 11:30 22 Jan 2009

You would need to access the router using a physically connected cable Ethernet RJ45 cable for

router setup

Using a wireless connected computer for setup is Not recommended to access router setup at any


If you are not sure how to set up the Lan port to access the router via the hard wire connection

just follow these instruction

Web Browser Settings

Start IE web browser. Select-Tools-Internet Options-Connection Tab

In the “Connection” screen, there are three selections:

“Never dial a connection”,

“Dial whenever a network connection is not present”

“Always dial my default connection”.

If you can make a selection, select “Never dial a connection”.

If you cannot make a selection, select “LAN Settings”

Untick marks next to any of the displayed Options:

“Automatically detect settings”,

“Use automatic configuration script”

“Use a proxy server”.

Click “OK”. Then click “OK” again in the “Internet Options” page.

Network Adapter Set-up on all Computers

Also called a LAN card (Local Area Network) or NIC card (Network Interface Connection)

Click-Start-Settings-Network Connection

Double-click on the “Network Connection”

Right-click on the “Local Area Connection” associated with your network adapter

Select “Properties” from the drop-down menu.

In the “Local Area Connection Properties” window all boxes should be ticked

At bottom of display tick the box “Show Icon in Notification Area When Connected

A display Icon will appear in the task bar when you have finish the setup

If using Vista disable IPv6 in all computers both on the Lan card and wireless card, as it can

cause connectivity problem on your network

Download the pdf file will tell you how to disable IPv6 in Vista

click here

Click-Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Click the “Properties” button

Select “Obtain an IP address automatically

Select “Obtain DNS server address automatically”

Click- Advanced-Click-WINS Tab- Select-Enable LMHOSTS Lookup if untick

Do Not Change Any Other Setting

Click “OK”.

Your computer network card is now configured for use with the Modem/Router

  ambra4 11:32 22 Jan 2009

Other Lan Card Setting

Right click on Local Area Connection Display Icon in the task bar

Click Status-General-Properties

At the top of display the type of Lan card will be displayed

Click Configure-Click-Advanced Tab

Click- Flow Control-Change to Hardware Default (Auto)

Click – Connection Type – Change to Auto-Negotiation

Click-Power Management Tab

Untick if selected "Allow Computer to turn this device off to save power

Network Connection Setting

Click-Start- Setting-Network Connection-New Connection Wizard
Select-Connect to the Internet-Next

Select-Set Up My Connection Manually-Next

Select-Connect using a broadband connection that is always on


You should also do same set-up on the laptop Lan card

Start your browser and enter the router access code, check the manual for the correct code

  DOZYMARE 11:44 22 Jan 2009

Thank you Ambra4. That seems very comprehensive. I'll let you know if it worked.

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