Windows 7 Wireless Loses Connection
I am having some problems with the laptop computer disconnecting every 5 - 10 minutes. It is connected by way of the Linksys wireless router and everything seems to work alright, except for the disconnections. I have tried a few different settings on the Atheros adapter, but nothing seems to really help. Are there any tricks to streamlining & cutting out the crap that I probably don't need for the most basic internet browsing?
There is one thing that I have noticed and is very annoying, and it might be the problem. On my modem log, I continue to see the report that the following outbound connection is being blocked by my firewall settings (intentionally by me):
352 Aug 27 10:12:51 Outbound PacketBlocked
Src IP: 192.168.1.10 Port: 49533 (my router IP)
Dest IP: 126.96.36.199 Port: 3544 (Microsoft)
Proto: UDP Len: 69
The IP destination resolves to Microsoft. It is obviously the Windows 7 operating system trying to "Phone Home!" I would prefer NOT to allow ET to phone home continuously to the Microsoft mother creature/ship. Does anyone know if there is a way for me to shut this annoying little rascal down? Will the Microsoft Storm Troopers come after me if I do?
10 years ago, we used to call this malware/spyware.
The connection to MS could be Windows checking for updates. You can disable that so you'd have to manually check to see if updates are available.
As for the wireless connection dropping, have you tried different channels on your router. I think the default is channel 9. I've had better success using other than the default channel....especially if there are other wireless routers in range. Another thing to check is while the wifi connection drops do you have a computer connected wired that still works?