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Sony Vaio freezes on 5ghz network

By delta6k ·
Running a Sony Vaio, windows XP, 1GB Ram.
Just upgraded network to Dual Band N. Linksys WRT610N, everything fine on that end. All computers run just fine with it. Then I put a Linksys WPC600N Network card in the Vaio. It works fine on the 2.4ghz band, but freezes within minutes of switching to the 5ghz band. Doesn't matter if I switch to the 5ghz band or reboot to it. Still locks up the computer, to the point I have to hit the power button to shut it down so I can reboot. Tech support at Linksys installed the newest drivers, themselves. Any ideas is the Vaio not capaable of digesting data at that speed? Wouldn't that be sad.

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WHICH Vaio ?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Sony Vaio freezes on 5ghz ...

There's quite a few of them.

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PCG-K45

by delta6k In reply to WHICH Vaio ?...

It's a PCG-K45, running XP Home Edition w/SP3. Mobile Intel Pentium 4 - 3.20ghz w/960MB Ram. Sorry, should have included that information in the first post.

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2.4GHz / 5GHz is NOT a difference of speed ! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to PCG-K45

It is a difference of transmission frequency, just like tuning a radio.

"It works fine on the 2.4ghz band, but freezes within minutes of switching to the 5ghz band.. .. Any ideas is the Vaio not capaable of digesting data at that speed? Wouldn't that be sad."

According to the Linksys WPC600N instructions:
Operates in the 2.4 and 5 GHz radio bands--choose the one with least congestion in your area. Clearly you have too much local radio traffic in the 5GHz frequency band.

You should also be aware that although the logo emblazoned on this unit may specify '802.11N' is it defined by Linksys as Draft-N - as such it is not defined that it WILL achieve that speed.

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I feel silly

by delta6k In reply to 2.4GHz / 5GHz is NOT a di ...

As soon as I read your reply, I thought well duh, he's right, I should have realized that. I just got caught up in the different connection speeds they show in wireless connection properties. Of course, you are exactly right, it is just tuning a radio. So do you think it is congestion on the 5ghz band? I guess I'll try moving things around a bit, get the wireless phones much farther away from the router. Wireless keyboard, wifi capable cell phones, wireless home theater speakers, etc. Thanks for pointing out what I was totally overlooking.

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Don't knock yourself too much ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I feel silly

I myself have been known to place my size nines in my mouth on occasion.

It comes with the territory.

As for the frequency and any interference on 5GHz it could be down to local radio traffic, it might just be that 5GHz is more susceptible to the environment it resides within - it's not a frequency I've had much dealings with.

But if your unit performs adequately on the 2.4GHz wave band, I'd simply settle for that setting. You're not losing out in any way after all. :)

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