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    • #342164 Reply


      Would anyone know why I am always getting booted off my Network connection? I’m thinking maybe Network Connection properties got changed, or something else got set up wrong w/router.

      I have W8.1  Laptop use wireless & have it set as Private so that other computers in Network/Household can not access mine. What is happening is the Router always takes over w/full connection & no one else is even online within our network when it happens. 

      I also can see when a neighbor is log on that again too is when I get bumped off.  This has been going on now for a few weeks & I have tried everything I can think to do accept system restore, as I strongly feel that will not fix it either. Only way I always get back online is I double click on the over powering other connection router or neighbor. It asks for a password, I don’t have it. Then I cancel it, they get bumped off & then I’m on.  I’m tired of this problem. Help Please.

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    • #342291 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      You may just be having interference problems due to close neighbours. Changing the default WiFi channel is the usual work around, but you need to know how busy the local airwaves are first.
      Use one of the network scanners to see what channels are in use, then you can change your router to a less used channel.

      Survey/Scanner Apps

      cheers, Paul

    • #342308 Reply


      I agree with PaulT. You need to look into what channels are used in your area. Are you in an apartment? Changing the channel may help. What bothers me is that you say you get bumped off…. or bump them off.

      You might want to go into your router and see that all looks well. I would strongly suggest you investigate the following:

      Disable WPS
      Disable Remote Access
      Disable UPNP

      I would also suggest you change the SSID to something different from whatever it is now. Even if it is just adding some numbers.

      This is a wild one, but could someone else have the same MAC Address as you? That is not supposed to happen but can.

      Let us know if you make headway.

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    • #342340 Reply


      Both of you Thank you so much!   I will check all things with the info you provided.  Already sounds like you two are on the right page.  I live in a house & this All did start happening after a New neighbor moved in.   I shall keep you updated.  Thank You Again!!

      • #342360 Reply


        This is from anon #308 above. Two more things I remembered:

        When you go into your router, see if you can change the IP addresses given out to you. Example if you have given out by default, change the IPs given to a different set like 192.168.1 40 to 60, or 70 to 90, something different from regular routers.

        Also, this is most likely not it, but we did experience getting “bumped offline” when we had a 2.4 GHz cordless phone near the 2.4 GHz Router.

        Hope we help you.

        Let us know results.

    • #342464 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      You have changed the router admin password haven’t you?

      cheers, Paul

      • #342645 Reply

        AskWoody Plus

        To me it sounds as if the router was setup right out of the box with default settings, giving the user an open, or unsecured network whereby anyone within range can connect to it and use its Internet connection by just clicking on its name in the list of nearby networks. Some devices may even do this by default for their users…logging onto the nearest available or unsecured wireless network.

        To help solve the above problem, the user should, as you suggest, change the default password to get into the router’s interface in the first place.

        Then, the user should establish a strong password for the wireless network consisting of a combination of upper case letters, lower case letters, numerals 0 through 9, and symbols such as :<>+= or#, just to name a few.

        Each one of these two passwords (the one for router access and the one for wireless network access) should be a minimum of twelve characters in length, each having the above combination of characters. That will make it hard enough for someone to try to get unwanted access to the network and the router, and will still allow the user to access the network whenever they pleased without being unceremoniously “bumped” by a neighbor.

        Almost forgot one thing. When setting up the password for the wireless network, the user should make sure to set the encryption type to WPA2/AES to ensure a connection with very strong encryption so as to prevent anyone from seeing login names and passwords or account numbers and passwords for things such as online banking.

        I strongly agree with your first post above, Paul, that the user should also check to see if there is a less congested channel to use, as well as setting up the passwords as I just mentioned above.

        However, having lived in many close-quarters apartment complexes, I’ve yet to have the problem the original poster complains of (in getting unceremoniously booted off my own wireless network) because I’ve always taken the steps I outlined above, along with a couple of others not currently mentioned in this thread.

        • #343159 Reply

          AskWoody Lounger

           However, having lived in many close-quarters apartment complexes, I’ve yet to have the problem the original poster complains of (in getting unceremoniously booted off my own wireless network) because I’ve always taken the steps I outlined above, along with a couple of others not currently mentioned in this thread.

          Having troubleshooted some issues in tightly built complexes of small offices… yes, it can happen even with a properly secured network, due to sheer RF interference and congestion.

          A wifi analyzer application on a smartphone can be surprisingly useful with this, especially the channel selection part. (Then again some devices autoselect a channel at bootup and don’t allow setting it to a fixed one…)

          Disconnects and other problems can happen also when poorly shielded power tools or large appliances are used nearby.

    • #343153 Reply


      Again I thank all of you. I have done the research, definitely on same channel as another.  Although I am unable to do anything about it since router/house belongs to another & won’t listen to me or just doesn’t understand, I don’t know.  I pointed all out. So what I now do is use my Hot Spot device for private things, banking etc. I get great connection w/it & as far as I can tell no one can intrude. Thank you all again, at least I learned alot.

      • #343157 Reply

        Da Boss

        Within your router interface, you should be able to change the wireless SSID channel you are using to a quieter one, not poluted by neighbors. (usual channels to choose from are 1 to 12 depending on router IIRC)

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    • #1500390 Reply

      I don’t know if this is the right place to post this, but it has to go somewhere, as we seem to have a real issue on our hands.

      Spectrum, in the last few days has been going toes up. The problem is getting worse, and seems to affect over 60%+ of the US:


      Yes, Woody is slow right now for other reasons, but this isn’t helping; the screaming into telephones (when they work if they are VOIP) isn’t making much of a dent. Something is very wrong.

      Just an advisory for those who are being hit, if you can see it at all!

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    • #2017843 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Good day to all.
      I am from Zimbabwe.
      We are in a domestic house and there are 3 of us who share a wireless router.
      2 laptops – HP WIN 8.1  and a Lenovo WIN 10 and one desk top.
      The Lenovo and desktop have no problem with connectivity all 5 bars quite happily but the HP  struggles with one, if hes lucky 2 bars.
      I have tried everything I possibly can to increase his flow. I have tried connecting him through bluetooth to my Lenovo, blue tooth is ok but still doesn’t connect him to the internet and I don’t know why.
      I have done all the connection help and  fix with windows and  it tells me there is a problem with the driver adapter but then it “supposedly” fixes it but still no improvement in connection.  The driver is  qualcomm-atheros-ar956x-wireless-network-adapter I have tried to down load an up date but it doesn’t give me the .exe file just extra .dll files.
      Please help.
      Oh there is a PS here as an aside. Sometimes he gets windows updates like 2 to 3 times a day! Some take hours  could this be a problem related to my query above?

      • #2017915 Reply

        Da Boss

        Be sure the Lenovo is on the same WiFi network as the other two computers.
        Using the HP model number, check the HP support website for the drivers for that network adapter, not Qualcomm/Atheros.

        The updates you get several times a day may be Defender or anti-virus definition updates. Check to see when it is updated.

      • #2017916 Reply

        AskWoody Lounger

        Bron, if that’s the correct driver for the Lenovo (correction: HP!), then you have a 2.4 GHz radio in that beast, and it’s going to have slower transfer speeds than a newer radio might have.

        What hardware do you have in the other systems, what brand/model of router, and what kind of connections are the other systems getting? (If your other systems are connecting to 5GHz radio with greater bandwidth, that would explain the speed differential.)

        Finally, you’re talking about signal strength too – what’s the signal strength set at in the router for the 2.4GHz band? What’s the layout of your house – where is the Lenovo (correction: HP!) in relation to the router and to other sources of interference (microwave ovens, etc.)?

        You have a lot of variables in play here…

        • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  jabeattyauditor. Reason: Corrections embedded
    • #2017917 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      It’s the HP which has a problem.

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