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One possible fix for dropping wireless connections Network
On reboot or after long periods of inactivity, my client's OS X 10.4.10 Mac would lose its network connection to his home's wireless network, and he'd have to re-select the network name from the AirPort icon in the menu bar. He had set a 40-bit password, and the non-Apple router was configured with the same 40-bit password.

By changing the router password to a 128-bit password, and changing the password on the Mac to the same, it's now able to restart or go to sleep and re-establish its connection to the wireless router without any problems.
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One possible fix for dropping wireless connections
Authored by: tojo1 on Jan 14, '08 12:15:09PM

For a complete newbie, how do I create or know if my password is 128 bit?

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Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 15, '08 09:53:48AM

Dropped connections can occur through interference from nearby routers. To counteract this problem change the channel to a different number, usually try 2 or 3 channels difference...

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One possible fix for dropping wireless connections
Authored by: icondaemon on Jan 17, '08 07:00:02AM

The technical staff at a NYC private school discovered that AirPort cards are going to sleep without warning in 10.4.10 and lower builds. The bug was reported to Apple, who fixed the problem and rolled the solution into the 10.4.11 update. Have your customer update all AirPort-using Macs to 10.4.11. It greatly increased the reliability of our school's iBook connections.

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