Wireless router acting weird when Droids are around

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Wireless router acting weird when Droids are around

Postby ekolis » Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:25 pm UTC

For some reason, whenever I enable wifi on my Droid X, the wireless router (Rosewill EasyN-400) decides to reset itself! Any networking gurus have any idea what might be happening here? It used to work when I first got the Droid, but then I didn't use wifi for a while, and now it doesn't work anymore... and I even have to disable wifi on the Droid for my PC to pick up the signal again! :(
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Re: Wireless router acting weird when Droids are around

Postby Kithplana » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:32 am UTC

I've heard of Android devices sometimes doing strange things to wireless, to the point that IIRC one university banned them from the wireless network. I have no idea why, but I have heard of it before.
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Re: Wireless router acting weird when Droids are around

Postby ekolis » Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:58 am UTC

Two of my brothers have Droids, and since we're together for Christmas, I asked around... I have a Motorola DroidX with OS version 2.3.3, and one of my brothers who has one as well has the same problem. The other brother has an HTC something or other with OS version 2.3.4, and he doesn't have the problem, but his wifi reception is very weak. I'm not sure if it's Motorola vs. HTC that's the issue, or if it's the OS version - when I first got my phone, it had OS version 2.2.something, or maybe 2.3.2, and it worked then - but on the other hand, at that time I think the wifi was using WEP instead of WPA like it is now, and I didn't have the secondary SSID set up specifically for the Nintendo DS (since the DS doesn't support WPA)...
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Re: Wireless router acting weird when Droids are around

Postby Garm » Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:19 am UTC

Out of curiosity, what band is your router broadcasting in, 2.4 or 5ghz?

I cannot think of a reason that would cause this problem. Have never heard of it and the google isn't turning up much.
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Re: Wireless router acting weird when Droids are around

Postby ekolis » Sun Dec 25, 2011 8:54 pm UTC

It's on 2.4; there doesn't even seem to be an option for 5 GHz...
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Re: Wireless router acting weird when Droids are around

Postby Proginoskes » Mon Dec 26, 2011 3:59 am UTC

These are not the Droids you are looking for.
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Re: Wireless router acting weird when Droids are around

Postby Garm » Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:18 pm UTC

ekolis wrote:It's on 2.4; there doesn't even seem to be an option for 5 GHz...


Shoot. There goes one theory. :)
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Re: Wireless router acting weird when Droids are around

Postby ekolis » Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:43 pm UTC

I fixed it by switching the security on the router from WPA2/mixed to WPA/TKIP. Though I'll have to check all the other devices - I thought I had it on mixed mode for a reason, like one of them didn't support TKIP or something...
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Re: Wireless router acting weird when Droids are around

Postby Garm » Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:34 pm UTC

That makes approximately zero sense. The router should just reject the association requests if it doesn't like the security. Shitty firmware maybe.
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