Gooday Dear Geek: :)
I have a networking problem which is driving me insane. This is the situation:
I have two computers: An ASUS laptop which has Win Vista Home Premium and it is connected to the internet thorough a LAN cable to the Router; and a desktop which has Win XP Pro SP3 and it is connected to internet through a router via wireless.
The Router Modem is a Belkin model F5D8635-4 v1. It has 4 ports for physical connection and two antennas for wireless connection.
The problem is the Asus laptop internet connection is intermittent. Sometimes work and sometimes not. Sometimes take ages to fully load a web-page. On the Tray, the network indicator shows “Access: Local and internet” and other times shows “Access: Only Local”. I have made all possible measures to fix it, such as: disabling the power management feature to turn it off; turning off the router (5 minutes or more) and reconnecting it; clicking on “diagnose and repair” option and sometimes it shows a problem with the DNS; optimizing HTTP1 with the application “Tune Up Utilities” for all possible internet connection speeds; restarting the laptop; I have called to the Belkin helpdesk to reconfigure it several times.... and the problem is still there: the internet connection suddenly drops.
I’m in Melbourne, Australia and my ISP is AAPT, my speed (according ZDNet and Sppedtest.net) is between 1 Mb/s and 7 Mb/s. I have called AAPT and they have told me my speed is variable and it depends of the hour (time) I connect to the internet (my wife made the contract).
Well, while the laptop has intermittent connection and annoys as hell, the COMPAQ DESKTOP WORKS AS A CHARM WITHOUT A SINGLE PROBLEM OF CONNECTIVITY. I find this unacceptable because Vista should be better than XP.
Additionally, I have the two machines fully updated and optimized; my default browser is Firefox and sometimes I use Opera.
So, dear Geek, PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS ISSUE, I have been tempted to take a hammer and hit the laptop, the router and the neighbour.... :)