How come I cannot get all my devices to connect to my wireless network at the same time?

by on December 12, 2010

Q: I am having trouble with my wireless network. I have multiple devices on my network, computers, laptops, TV and blu-ray. They cannot all seem to connect at the same time. When I want to connect to the TV, sometimes I have to reset the router and cable modem and then I can connect. But then at the same time, I lose my connection to my laptop. I’m connected to the router but have no internet access. So I’ll reboot again and then I’ll lose connection to my blu-ray. This is a pattern that has been going on for some time. Does anyone know how to fix?

4 Responses to “How come I cannot get all my devices to connect to my wireless network at the same time?”
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    What brand/model router are you using? It seems like you may not be giving out enough DHCP addresses. Are you familiar with logging into the device to check settings?


    My cable Modem is Zoom model #5241 and my wireless router is Linksys model # WRT546. It’s been a long time since I’ve logged on to my router but I could probably figure it out. I woudn’t say no to a few tips, if you’ve got them. Thanks.


    You were correct, my router was only allowing 5 DHCP addresses and as we added more devices to the network, we would bump off others. So I did bump that up to 10 and so far problem solved! Do you know what is the maximum I can set that to? Thanks!


    Ramoja, Awesome to hear! Glad you were able to get it figured out. If you are referring to IP addresses, the maximum that you would be able to set would be about 254 but there could be more or less depending on the subnet mask of your internal network. Let me know if anything else.