That's probably a good step but I have to find a time when none of the family is around so I dont have to contend with thier phones either. But I've had it blink out when every phone was in another room, farther away from the laptop then the router. I'll add another possibility to my list above: cheap components. The old and new routers and wireless cards were all under $50. Maybe I just get what I pay for. And one more possibility is I've piqued the interest of the NSA and it's their surveillance equipment that's causing all the trouble.
Hi Rubberman. No, no radios. But not a bad guess. I'm thinking 1) Software, 2) The laptop is more sensative to glitches from my cable company than other devices, or 3) My cell phone is transmitting at high poer to reach the nearest cell tower, which is pretty far away.
Do you have other radios on the farm that might interfer with the frequencies that the access point and laptop use (2.4GHz and 5GHz)? If you are using 2.4GHz, and your gear supports 5GHz, you might want to try the higher frequency, though distance will suffer. Since you say that the laptop is only 12 feet from the router/access point then this is not likely to be a problem.
FWIW, both 802.11a and 802.11n support the higher frequency, but you will need to configure your laptop and/or router wifi devices accordingly most likely.
Recent web based file transferring solutions are getting more popular. Additionally, you have a choice of using a cloud-based file sharing solution or a private-cloud solution.
Using cloud-based solution is a two step problem. First, you have to upload the file(s) to the cloud and then the actual recipient will download it from the cloud. There are several solutional in this category, such as Box, DropBox, Google Drive, etc.
Private-cloud solution are a bit better in terms of features but require a bit more work on your part. The benefit of using a private-cloud solution is that it is a one-step process - meaning the actual recipient will download/upload file(s) from your server. Additionally, there are no privacy issue. Example of a private-cloud file sharing solution is SynaMan.
Usually a few times a day, but sometimes a couple of times an hour, I loose connectivity, and my wireless icon displays a yellow exclamation point. I changed my wireless card from a Broadcom to a Atheros, which improved things because the old one never reconnected by itself but the new one reconnects after a minute or so. Still it's frustrating. Not only did I change my card,
- I replaced the router
- I had the cable company change the cable modem
- I have no transmitting devices between my laptop and the router
- My laptop is no more than 12 feet from the router, and in line-of-site.
- I live on a farm, with no towers, buildings, or even neighbors nearby.
- The power saving option to allow the laptop to turn off the connection is unchecked.
Well, this is an interesting discussion that will continue for some time. The jury is still out as to whether cloud vs. premises systems are more secure. In my "not so" humble opinion, is that they are about equal, and a similar amount of effort is required to secure either. If you have really valuable "family jewels", then you should probably trust them to a bank vault, and not to a wall safe behind your cheap copy of a Rembrandt! In the case of data, a 4K public key encryption policy is probably the equivalent of the bank vault...