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Ok, so up until about a half a year ago, I'd been having no problems with our internet. Then all of a sudden, more and more problems kept showing up. I started to get frequent random disconnects from the internet (however not from the network, I could still access other computers such as my sister's laptop from my own) and then sometimes I would be able to go on skype or an irc program but not websites. Sometimes it just stopped working all together. Other times it would work fine but I'd get high ping (999 absolutely unplayable high, not like 200 high), or the internet would be fine for me (LAN) but not my sister (Wireless). After maybe an hour left alone it would sometimes go back to normal, but usually I would have to reset it manually by unplugging it and plugging it back in. In addition there seems to be no real reason for the problems or a consistency, some days everything's fine and others it happens 4 times an hour. I can't honestly pin any of these things down, but I've seen some similar stories with other people also using my router:
linksys wrt54gx2

EDIT: In addition a lot of the time I'll be playing black ops, and the server ping is normal, ~20-60, but in game the latency is 999 with connection interrupted appearing all the time.
Edited by t3haxle - 5/5/11 at 1:43pm
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Is there any way for you to directly connect to the Modem that way you can rule out the router?
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Is there any way for you to directly connect to the Modem that way you can rule out the router?
I tried
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Go to the cmd prompt and enter the following

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset [log_file_name]

Note: the log_file_name needs to be specified, e.g. netsh int ip reset reset.log

Then go back to cmd prompt and enter

ipcinfig /all

Copy and paste it here. Just xxx your mac adress.

If you got any other pcs on the network you got acess to do the same and copy and paste it here aswell. Remeber to xx the mac adresses of each
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Go to the cmd prompt and enter the following

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset [log_file_name]

Note: the log_file_name needs to be specified, e.g. netsh int ip reset reset.log

Then go back to cmd prompt and enter

ipcinfig /all

Copy and paste it here. Just xxx your mac adress.

If you got any other pcs on the network you got acess to do the same and copy and paste it here aswell. Remeber to xx the mac adresses of each

What the hell does the local computer have to do with a router where the problems are being seen on 2 different computers a workstation and a laptop..


OP try and firmware update on your router, but you also have to remember you have a consumer grade router which could be going out. Easiest solution go pick up a new router, updatable to DD-WRT. That will probably solve your issue.
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Sounds like your router is bad. Many of your programs, such as skype and such working while websites do not is a simple matter of DNS. Skype resolved its' connection or remembered the previous IP, like ventrilo does, and connected. Websites, however, will need to be resolved.

Net dropping while LAN stays active is normal when routers start to fail. This is because the ports on the router are technically a separate switch that then talks to the router hardware.

Wireless issues can easily be caused by a poor quality router that suffers from buffer issues. Many routers will prioritize LAN over Wireless and wifi just have to suck it up.

When you start to have an issue of Skype working but websites not. Do ping tests. Ping some known IP's and ping some websites. Test your DNS. Getting known IP's is as simple as doing ping's while your net is working.

NOTE: Issues like this can sometimes be caused by a nic on any device connected to the switch that is sending junk data but almost always you can tell these by the activity light being heavily active even when the machine isn't using the net.
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I just had an issue of Black Ops not working, but the internet was, so I decided to ping some websites. They were all fairly normal. Overclock.net had 80ms, Youtube had 100ms, and gameservers.com had 15ms. What kind of router would you guys recommend to replace my current one?
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High probability that your router is dying, but try this:
1. Go to your router settings, and then change the DNS servers from your ISP's default to google's
2. Go to your router settings and give all the routers or your network a static IP

I have a Netgear WNDR3700 which dropped connection on all the wireless computers but not the LAN computers and changing the default DNS servers from "auto-get" to a set IP worked for me.
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I just had an issue of Black Ops not working, but the internet was, so I decided to ping some websites. They were all fairly normal. Overclock.net had 80ms, Youtube had 100ms, and gameservers.com had 15ms. What kind of router would you guys recommend to replace my current one?
Depends on what your budget would be... you could be paying up to something like $200 for a top-end Wireless-N router... or as low as $40 for a Linksys WRT54GL... In any case, I personally would suggest you pick a model that's on the DD-WRT list of compatible routers...
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I just had an issue of Black Ops not working, but the internet was, so I decided to ping some websites. They were all fairly normal. Overclock.net had 80ms, Youtube had 100ms, and gameservers.com had 15ms. What kind of router would you guys recommend to replace my current one?
How much money do you have to spend on it? Are you interested in possibly adding networked storage or some kind of home server/media server on it? Will you be streaming video through it?
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