My old Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop has been chugging along nicely for the last three years, being subject to a hand full of upgrades in the process. I’ve already burned through three batteries, two hard drives, and one memory stick, but overall it’s been the most reliable laptop I’ve owned in the last decade.
Despite its seemingly antiquated technology, my computing needs haven’t exceeded its capabilities. My most recent hardware upgrade to Wireless-N, coincidentally timed with a software upgrade to Windows 7, left me with intermittent wireless connectivity to the point of ridiculous frustration. Luckily, I was able to eliminate my upgrades as the culprits after being connected error-free to a neighboring router without issue.
My Linksys WRT600N dual band wireless-N gigabit router with storage link was the only thing left to test. The router wasn’t cheap; I was concerned I’d have to replace it until I found the following information:
If you’re using an 802.11N router, there might be issues with WPA-TKIP security. [Apparently] the final version of 802.11N dropped support for WPA-TKIP. [Switch to] WPA2-AES.
This worked flawlessly for me and I’ve had uninterrupted wireless connectivity since I made the change.
Implementing the change was hassle free, if you know your way around your own wireless network. If some cable company d-bag set it up, or, God forbid, Best Buy’s Geek Squad, you’re SOL.ShareThis