The boss got a new laptop several months ago. It came with a wireless network card, broadcom or something. I knew I was doomed as soon as he told me about it.
I finally got around to putting in a Linksys 802.11g access point in our office so he can use the damn thing.
He kept complaining that his e-mail would freeze up periodically, and that he would couldn't get to the Internet.
I told him he was imagining things. Maybe it was the power. I told him I'd get a better UPS for his office.
Well, the other day I put in some encryption because we've been running naked these past few weeks. As soon as I did that, all hell broke loose. The boss could not get on the network at all.
I bought my own wireless card, a Linksys 54g. Damned if I don't drop off periodically.
I can set up a continuous ping, and I'll get maybe 100-200 replies. Then, for no reason, I'll get 2 or 3 timeouts, and then suddenly I'll get about
10,000 destination host unreachables. And then, it starts coming back to life with a couple of reply time outs. And then some good solid replies. Lather, rinse, repeat.
I had a guy that works with me plug in an 802.11b card, and he got the same thing.
Linksys tech support was less than worthless, intimating that the problem lies with every piece of my equipment besides their stupid WAP. Which may be, but they aren't very convincing.
Since it's happening to three different machines with three different cards, I figured I must have a bad WAP.
So I went to the store and bought another one.
Still does the same thing.
Does anyone have any idea what this could be? I've got the WAP plugged into a Cisco switch, and we pump everything through a PIX 515 firewall.
But the fact that it's regular and consistent worries me. It's as if the WAP reboots itself every 10 minutes or so. But it's not, because I can stay logged on to it through the management console.