Wireless Connections drop when Wired computer active

By Corytherapy
Apr 6, 2007
  1. Hey there,
    I am at my parents house trying to figure out a problem they are having.
    Basically, me and my dad both have wireless macbooks, and my sister has a wireless laptop of some sort. My brothers computer is a wired desktop and is attched right to their router. It is a wrt54 G router.
    It seems sometimes that all of us can be connected at the same time, but most of the time, if the desktop is plugged into the router, no one else can connect. It does work sometimes, it deffinetly does not work if he is using a bit torrent client. But it is weird since I can be using a bit torrent client on my macbook, and my sister can on her pc laptop, and have no bad effects.
    Have any of you heard anything about a router giving priority to the wired connections, over the wireless? We can all connect to the router when this happens, but we cannot get on the net, or transfer stuff around.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    You need to update the firmware of the Linksys wrt54G.

    Make sure ALL wireless systems are accessing in the same mode,
    either B or G, but don't allow a mix.

    bit torrent access is always a problem -- the router starts to drown in traffic.
    When it's only your wireless systems, you're limited by the wireless rates,
    and the router gets a chance to 'come up for air'. When the desktop starts
    bit torrents, it consumes as much of the router bandwidth as possible and ...
    glub-glub, you need a lifegurard :(

    There is no cheap means to control which systems get how much of the bandwidth!

    One alternative would be to get a wireless adaptor for the desktop and let
    everyone have their fair share of the pool.
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

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