07-21-2010 08:05 PM
I have a Thinkpad Z60t, running Windows XP.
I have the physical wireless switch on the side panel set to the on position (i.e. to the right).
Initially, I am able to connect to any wireless network without a problem. However, after about 2 minutes of not actively using the internet, the green "wireless radio" status light on the front panel turns off and I lose my internet connection. I then have to do "Fn + F5" (or ThinkVantage button -> Manage My Connections -> Power On/Off Wireless Radios) to turn it back on (and get the status light to be green again). I then have to reconnect to the wireless network.
I believe this is a common issue. I have tried several suggestions I found on other forums, including ThinkVantage button -> Manage My Connections -> Select Location Profiles -> Open Access Connections -> Configure -> Location Switching -> UNSELECT "Enable automatic location switching". This method actually seemed to work for a few hours, but then stopped.
I am certain that my wireless network is stable - my roommate's laptop does not lose the signal every 2 minutes like I do. I think my laptop's wireless radio automatically shuts off after 2 minutes of no use, and this feature needs to be disabled somehow.
Please help. I am getting frustrated of having to manually reconnect every 2 minutes.
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07-22-2010 06:29 AM
make sure under wireless card property in system property (control panel, system) that you switch off any power saving feature and reduce the roaming aggressiveness.
07-23-2010 08:15 PM
System or Power Options do not have any settings specifically related to the wireless connection. I turned up my power settings to max but that has no effect on the wireless turning off every 2 minutes.
My Thinkpad Type is 2511-E6U.
07-23-2010 09:34 PM
open control panel, go under system, hardware/system property, then go into the device manager.
Under the wireless card property (right click on the wireless card and select property), there are settings for roaming aggressiveness, power saving and power output.
09-17-2010 07:19 AM
I know it's two months later, but thanks for the info on the wireless properties. I'll give this a go and see if the "Roaming agreesiveness" helps the dropped wifi connection issue.