Problem w/ Internet -Please Help-

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by maicowchoy, Apr 8, 2004.

  1. maicowchoy

    maicowchoy Guest

    I currently have a 1.4ghz Compaq Presario running Windows XP. It's hooked up to a 3Com SharkFin cable modem and a brand new D-Link Wireless router, and I share the cable connection with three other roommates.

    The internet speeds are decent when viewing web pages. But when I'm playing Counter-Strike, the pings range from 70ms-175ms. Sometimes, it is a steady connection... but every 5-8 minutes the connection freezes up for 20 seconds, shows the "Warning Connection Problem!" and returns to normal again. Just recently it has been quite annoying, and it will even cut out more than four times in one minute. (These vary, and can be just 1-2 second outages).

    I talked to the head-admin of the server and he says it's on my side of the connection. But I'm not sure if its my cable modem or ISP. Ocasionally, both me and my other roommate will play CS together and it will happen to both of our systems at the same time. (This also occurs when I'm playing CS by myself or any of us when we are surfing the web) So, I'm almost positive that it is not our computers and mainly the internet connection.

    Now I've come up with two conclusions...

    1. My cable modem or router needs replacing.
    2. My ISP just sucks. (Charter Pipeline)

    Can anyone help me? :wiggle:
     
  2. col_panic

    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    since it happens to both of you it is probably the router
     
  3. Wolf68k

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    Are you connected to the router using WiFi or CAT5 cable?
    If it's the WiFi, that could be the problem. I don't think WiFi is all that great for gaming.

    Check with D-link's website and see if there are any new firmware updates that may help as well.

    There might be some setting that needs to be made in the router. Ask around the CS forums, they should know something more.
     
  4. maicowchoy

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    Well, we had a CompUSA router hooked up with CAT5 cables. I thought it was the router, so I went ahead and bought the wireless router yesterday. Plus, we had about 200ft of wires laying around the apartment.

    After I got the new router, I still get the same outages. But my internet browsing speed is much faster than before.

    BTW: These outages occur both in Counter-Strike AND during web browsing.
     
  5. tumultuous tumor

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    Is the other roommate downloading porn off of kazaa or anything?
     
  6. maicowchoy

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    Haha, naw man. I've experimented with this for awhile. We tested the situation in a lot of different scenarios....and still same results.

    I was thinking about switching to DSL because of the constant flow of bandwidth instead of the sharing of cable. But, I really don't want to go through the hastle of new fees/bills. I would rather stick to cable and fix the problem, unless it IS the ISP.
     
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    tumultuous tumor Single and loooooooooooonely.

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    Constant flow of bandwidth? Down here DSL is retricted big time. They charge you much more just to get a little more bandwidth. I'm on cable and don't have any complaints. Shit, now my cable is going to go out.
     
  8. maicowchoy

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    I would actually be paying less per month for DSL, but I would have to pay for the start up fees and what not.
     

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