Windows 8.1 network keeps dropping

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When I'm in the office, whether plugged in or using wireless, the network drops several times an hour. It also takes a while (1 minute or more) to re-identify the network (identifying the network when first connecting takes a while but I'm not aware of anyone that has the problem with the network dropping out).

Specs: "Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 2230" and "Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30)" network adapters.

I updated the wired network drivers to the latest before I realized that it was happening with wireless too…

The interesting thing is that the problem is specific to the office network and doesn't happen at home (wired or wireless).

Edit I've added some screenshots below

This is what my system tray looks like when a disconnect happens.


When I click on the network icon, I see that it is identifying the network and this lasts some time.


Then it goes back to being connected until the next time it disconnects.


Best Answer

I just thought that I'd follow up on this as I did get a resolution for my network constantly dropping.

My adapter was set to auto negotiate the speed by default (it is burried away in Ethernet Properties / Configure / Advanced tab and Speed & Duplex property). Since changing this to "100 Mbps Full Duplex" a month or two ago I haven't seen a dropout again.

It is not a perfect solution as I am not getting the gigabit ethernet speed, but it is better than the way it was before.

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