So...

Wireless dropouts...   1 vote - 16 %
the aether hates you   3 votes - 50 %
get a new DSL modem   2 votes - 33 %
get a new wireless router   2 votes - 33 %
put the modem/router stack's power supply on a timer   2 votes - 33 %
-   1 vote - 16 %
dyndns...   1 vote - 16 %
works for me   2 votes - 33 %
has issues with how fast it updates   0 votes - 0 %
other (comment, please?)   0 votes - 0 %
-   1 vote - 16 %
Upgrade horked all my fonts!   1 vote - 16 %
oh noes!   1 vote - 16 %
I've seen that (please comment)   0 votes - 0 %
Um, huh.   3 votes - 50 %
-   1 vote - 16 %
theantix was here   1 vote - 16 %
 
6 Total Votes
We also have started getting by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:09:17 AM EST
frequent, sporadic and brief network dropouts. I have been blaming the wireless system code and the boys incessant pr0n downloading. But I suppose it could just be that the cable is getting the yips on the outside. A friend of mine fixed his problems by going outside and tightening the cable connection just outside the house. It was LOOSE and FULL OF CONDENSATION!

Wireless---Firmware and Drivers by Gedvondur (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:13:20 AM EST
Make sure you have the latest firmware on the wireless AP, and the latest drivers and BIOS on your  machines.

Older APs just sometimes get weak or flakey.  These consumer grade devices are not made of the highest quality material and sometimes they go bad.

If the firmware/drivers/bios thing does't work out, go get a new AP.  Preferably one of the new MIMO units.  Make sure its firmware is up to date and install it.  I like Linksys, but Netgear or Dlink will do.

If that doesn't do it, you may have to consider a wireless repeater to get full coverage, its possible that there are RF shadows where the signal is good most of the time, but suseptible to your neighbor's 2.4Ghz wireless phone.  The little "signal strength" indicator is NOT going to show you this.

Gedvondur
"I love my brain. It's the only organ I can afford to lose." --frijolito

IAWTP by ad hoc (4.00 / 3) #5 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:48:46 AM EST
Upgrading the firmware of my router fixed my problems. (SMC somethingorother).

The only trouble I'm having now, is when I'm trying to access the wifi in the office from my laptop the living room, it seems my office is either farther away or more difficult to reach than some other access points across the street. My laptop's wireless card keeps trying to attach to theirs and not mine. Turning off the "auto attach to strongest signal¹" option seems to take care of that.

¹ not the actual name
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Oh the Macintosh by Gedvondur (2.50 / 2) #3 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:18:27 AM EST
I would suggest kneeling in the middle of the room, hug the Mac laptop to your chest, close your eyes, and repeat over and over "I love Steve Jobs, I love Steve Jobs".

That should do it, because Macs are easy.

Other than that, do the Windows Maneuver.  Format and reload.

Gedvondur
"I love my brain. It's the only organ I can afford to lose." --frijolito

Send it to... by ana (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:56:20 AM EST
/dev/null, man.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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Net drop outs by joh3n (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:32:52 AM EST
I had them galore, and eventually traced it back to the piece of complete shit cable modem from Comcast.

As for the font borkage, sounds like a preference file may be corrupted.  Have you checked macosxhints.com?

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Thx... by ana (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:52:58 AM EST
macosxhints.com doesn't seem to have heard of this one yet. In fact, there are only about 6 hints, total, that mention font issues of any kind.

I do hope we don't hafta fight Verizon for another DSL modem.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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Look out for by joh3n (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:59:27 AM EST
'corrupted font preferences' wherever it is you plan on searching the interwebs

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ooooOOOooooh-- by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #16 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:15:19 PM EST
/me/ glances nervously at my piece of complete shit cable modem from Comcast.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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On the font issue by lm (4.00 / 1) #7 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:53:56 AM EST
Call Apple. Their tech chat ``feature'' is usually useless, but I've always had good luck with calling the help line. If you've got dual-core goodness, then I can't think of anyway that you'd be out of the free support window even if you didn't opt for AppleCare.

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generic by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #10 Thu May 18, 2006 at 10:03:39 AM EST
as suggested, flaky DSL connection may be a problem. Dunno if Verizon cares enough to help diagnose or not.

Router location etc is worth considering, but I doubt your like friends of mine that had theirs sandwiched between the TV and VCR, with the antenna in the back, and wondered why their connection was so poor ;)

I second the firmware upgrades suggestion as well, or just getting a higher end/newer router if it's old. (Funny, old wired routers never had trouble with. Wireless, more trouble than I want to admit, but only w/ friends).

Bought a 'higher end' wireless router (ie > $120) for 'business' reasons (VPN stuff) no problems with it. Cable modem doinks out every now and then, though.


Hah! by ad hoc (4.00 / 2) #11 Thu May 18, 2006 at 10:10:54 AM EST
Dunno if Verizon cares enough to help diagnose or not.

Hahahahahahahahahahah.
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Sleeping? by ana (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu May 18, 2006 at 10:10:55 AM EST
Today's the first time i've tried this with nobody home. I seem to remember that Fray goes to sleep after 2 hours of inactivity (which may not include ssh activity). Should fix that setting, I guess.

And yeah, I haven't touched the router's firmware since we got it, going on 2 years ago now. So perhaps an upgrade is in order.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

Re: Font problem by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #13 Thu May 18, 2006 at 01:32:01 PM EST
f1xx0r3d! After reading a bunch of stuff on teh intarweb (once I knew what to search for, thanks to j3), I downloaded Font Finagler, cleaned out the font caches, and it seems to be fine now. Yay. Now if we can just get the dropped internet connection fixed...But at least we've got some leads now. Thanks, imaginary internet friends. :-)
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dyndns by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu May 18, 2006 at 02:13:24 PM EST
What error if any are you getting?  I had been ssh'ing to my home PC at lunch using dyndns, two days ago it broke.  Checked router and it said that the address was updated.  Tried to login to dyndns and was told that my password and login didn't match.  So I tried to get a new password and I was told that my username didn't exist.

So I signed up at zoneedit.  All is well now

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error... by ana (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu May 18, 2006 at 04:31:33 PM EST
nobody answering at the advertised address. Today's prob was caused by the computer going to sleep after 3 hrs, as we's suggested it should. That should be fixed also. Some other evening, I'll upgrade the router's firmware; I remember seeing the procedure in the manual (which I read last week).

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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