Wireless Connect/Disconnect

If your wireless connection is having problems staying connected and your access seems to disconnect and reconnect on a regular interval. This article may be your solution.

Symptom:

Wireless connection periodically connects and disconnects at intervals of a few minutes.

Cause:

Newer 802.11g wireless network cards may have 802.1x authentication enabled by default. This may cause problems when trying to connect to Luther’s wireless networks because they are not currently configured for this type of authentication. The wireless card will connect for a few minutes before it tries to authenticate. When it attempts to authenticate it will fail and disconnect. A few minutes later it will connect again without authenticating and the connection/disconnection cycle will continue.

Resolution:

Disable 802.1x authentication on the wireless card.

Windows XP:

  1. Go to Start – Control Panel – Network Connections
  2. Double Click Your Wireless Network Connection
  3. Click Properties
  4. Click Wireless Networks Tab
  5. Choose the SSID you are using in the Preferred Networks area (ResNet Wireless Network or Luther Wireless Network)
  6. Click Properties
  7. Click on the Authentication Tab
  8. Make sure that Enable 802.1x authentication for this network is NOT checked.
  9. Click OK
  10. Click OK
  11. Click Close