networking gurus: router or internet service provider problem?

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  1. ohgod123

    ohgod123 OT Supporter

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    Hi everyone,
    I use the Road Runner standard cable modem service(7 mbps down/512 up) in a house with 5 other college students. I have been disconnecting and getting high latency frequently, and have been looking everywhere to find the culprit. 3 of of the house members(including me) are using wireless, while the other 3 are wired.

    The wired computers hardly lag or disconnect, while the wireless comps(even the ones relatively close to the router) will frequently disconnect. What's weird is this problem never happened last year -- both the wired and wireless connections were perfect. I am the furthest from the comp, and although I have 4/5 bars under Windows Wireless, the Linksys WRT54GL software shows that I have 18% signal strength. My other two wireless roommates have 54% and 34%.

    I have already gone through 4 wireless adapters this last week, and the problem is still there. I am thinking that this might be a router problem -- any thoughts? And any recommendations on a new router?
     
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    get a new router. I have the d-link xtream n router with the optional anntena and I get perfect signal with no disconnects no matter where i am in the house.
     
  3. ohgod123

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    the n routers will work with any cable modem right? and will my other roommates using wireless g adapters be able to use it?
     
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    it might be that several people are leeching wireless from you, and as a result, there's no room for your connections on the router.

    Think of a wireless router as a concert hall, with wireless being the front door and wired being the back stage. If there aren't many people, you'll be able to get a good seat. If there's a lot of people, you'll have to wait a long time and probably won't get a good seat.

    Are you computer savvy? Can you limit the number of DHCP connections over wireless on your router?
     
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    Those routers WILL work with any cable modem.
    The N routers should also handle B, G, B/G and probably A.

    You will only get N speeds if you are using an N wireless device along with it. From what you said you are not, you are using G devices, so you will get G speeds.

    Having said ALL that about the router.

    Okay. It is possible.... no likely... that the router is going bad and causing this problem.

    But there are other possibilities as well.

    A microwave or a cordless phone from a nearby location (not necessarily your residence) could be impacting performance. Someone may have changed a setting in there computer that is causing it to flood the router. Someone may be flooding your network intentionally or unintentionally.

    The easiest thing you can do is go into your routers settings and try changing the channel it operates on. This should help for interference problems.

    Aside from that maybe sweet talk someone that is network savvy into coming over and looking over your network.

    If that isn't an option then maybe a new router and a fresh start isn't such a bad option.
     
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    i used to have a disconnect problem when I had my bluetooth enabled on my pda/phone. I know that sounds stupid but for some reason when I had the bluetooth enabled on my phone my wireless would shit out.
     
  7. ohgod123

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    HardTech: our wireless is password protected.

    Stilgar: I have already tried changing channels a few times -- and that has not worked. Also, we don't have any cordless phones around(or many other electronics for that matter).

    Based on your responses, I'm starting to really think that it's the router. Any suggestions for wireless G routers? the linksys one that we're currently using is a top rated router on newegg.com
     
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    According to the linksys software, one of my roommate's is using wireless right next to the router and is receiving 53% signal...so that seems a little odd to me. My other roommate 10 ft away has 24%, and I am probably 40-50 ft(maybe more) away downstairs with a 9%-19% signal. As mentioned earlier, the windows wireless program shows that i have 4/5 bars.

    Would like to hear a few more thoughts before I go ahead and purchase another router.
     
  9. BOTLD92Z

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    If you've changed the channels and it's not helping that at least helps to tell you it's probably not an interference problem. Likely that it is just the router. Mine crapped out on me last night. I was having to reset it 2-3 times a day.... then 4-5... then about 10 times yesterday and finally about 7pm last night I could not connect to it at all and could not hardwire in and get into the configuration anymore, even after a complete reset. Bought a new one, haven't been disconnected yet regardless of where I go and how much porn I'm downloading from OTAH.
     
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    yeah if you are going to get a new router I would go ahead and get an n router just for the added benifit of being able to use n later. g and all other's connect to it just fine. I also like the d-link one becasue the wired side of it is gigabit so your wired roomates will be faster between eachother.
     
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    if you get a new router, remember that WEP can be cracked in under ten minutes. use the routers attached devices or a monitoring program that shows connected users on your network and block non-authorized users.
     

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