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Downloads keep stalling on my laptop using wifi.

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Pretty much any download on my laptop that takes more than 1-2 minutes will stall no matter what unless I'm using something like downthemall which lets me continue the download. The problem is some things download through an exe, and if the download stalls through an exe, I'm totally screwed. I think there is some severe packet loss happening, and I can't isolate exactly what is causing the problem. Occasionally browsing web pages will give me a "connection was reset while loading" error.

This isn't a browser issue either, because this happens regardless of the browser. That was the first thing I tried was switching to a different browser.

I looked to see if there was a device that could cause interference somewhere near the router or the laptop, but that would cause issues for any other device receiving connection through that router, and my phone doesn't have any stalling issues with downloads through that router.

I'm looking for some possible solutions that don't involve hooking up a hard connection or getting a new router.

Are there any settings I can tweak either on the laptop or the router to fix or at least dramatically improve this? Its a linksys router, only about 6 months old. The laptop has Windows 7. I'm not well versed in troubleshooting network issues, especially stuff like this.
Edited by chaosblade02 - 1/5/15 at 10:09pm
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I think the first question is...does this issue occur when you are wired?

If you can isolate this to a wireless issue, then the next stage is to update the device drivers for the wireless card.

Completely uninstall all drivers for the wireless card before installing new ones. That way you get a fresh start.

Does this issue happen if you use a liveCD using wireless. Try to eliminate the OS and your browsers as the culprits.

If that fails, I would say possibly try a USB wireless dongle and see if anything changes. If you happen to have one. I know I do, and most of us loonies here have them since we can't help but mess around with anything technical -_- (They are $10 on Amazon)


Testing Packet Loss:
Open Command Prompt --> Start --> CMD

Ping 8.8.8.8 -t

The -t makes the ping continuous instead of the default of 4 replies
Let that go for about 5 minutes and then hit Ctrl+C

This will give you an indication if you are getting packet loss.

HTH,
-NN
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 1/6/15 at 11:11am
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I assume you did the basic stuff like rebooting the laptop and router?
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Try the program "Internet Download Manager" it awesome for recovering download sessions.
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There's a free Android app, wifi analyzer. Put that on your phone, and check to see if you're using a congested wireless channel or not. I had that issue with my setup (Netgear Nighthawk and wireless AC adapters), only to find out somebody moved in since I set mine up, and was using the same channel for their 5GHz band. I live in an apartment, so that's why it was an issue for me.
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