Wireless Networks Interfering with Unix Servers

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I have a customer who has a Unix Server running UnixWare 7.1.3. He bought a 3Com wireless access point from a catalogue, but when he switched it on the Unix Server would reboot. This only happened twice before the unit was thrown at me to fins solution. He has in the offices an access point from Netgear that seems to work fine. Yesterday he switched on a brand new Blackberry and the same thing happened. He waited until every one had gone home to switch the Blackberry on again, but when he did, the problem did not reoccur. He also has an old 802.11 Frequensy Hpooing network in the warehouse next door and I thought this mey interfer with the Netgrear of 3Com 802.11b access points, but not with the Unix Server. Anyone got any ideas Mozza

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UNIX usually is more “thick-skinned” than that. Maybe there are other issues with the UNIX server. Remote possibility that the new access point is also a DHCP server which conflicts with a UNIX DHCP server. You can only have one per segment.

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  • Larrythethird
    The DHCP server is probably part of the problem. It may also be that the IP address of the wireless device conflicts with something else on the network.
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  • 3wsparky
    i think it to be very unlightly that another dhcp server would cause your server to REBOOT , i would look more at power consumpsion in that room , are you using the same outlet ? are you flicking a switch on the wall to turn the wifi unit on ? unlightly that any network protocol should reboot the server , may be even try unplugging the server network cable and run the same tests ,
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