I have a very annoying problem at the moment in that my wireless broadband connection operates very sporadically. I have have the connection now for just over a year with TPG internet, and for the first 6 months it was fine and I experienced no problems whatsoever. However about 6 months ago I could not get online. THe wireless network appeared to be connected and everythin looked normal, just that internet sites would not load.
I phoned TPG thinking their network was down or something and they told me to try unplugging the modem and then turning it back on, which I did. THis worked at the time and I thought it was just a small glitch.
However since then I have been having the same problem over and over again where I go to use the internet and there is no connection (again everything looks normal, the wireless network is connected and with good signal strength but web pages don't load), then I restart the modem and after about 30 seconds the wireless network connects and then 5minutes later approximately I can usually access the web again. This usually works for an hour or two and then I have to repeat.
Lately it has been getting worse and often the connection will jump in and out every few minutes, so sometimes a web page will half load and then stop and I have to keep refreshing to get things to load.
I have called my ISP about it and they tell me that from their end everything looks ok and that my modem is connected to the network, so it looks like a wireless problem.
I haven't added any other devices to my house that may cause interference, nor have I changed the location of the modem or the receiver on the computer and everything is the same as it was 6 months ago when it worked fine.
I wondered if it could be malware or virus related but I have been through the malware 'how to" guide and ran all the programs, though I have not yet posted a hijack this log which I will do tonight.
I have ran the winsock fix many times, it does not help really.
Any help on this would be appreciated, I am running XP, on a 3GHz machine, with a USB wireless adaptor and a D-Link 4 port wireless modem. The broadband is 512kbit/s ADSL.
Is there any way of telling if the modem is stuffed, or is something else causing this, could it be the wireless settings? I don't understand, as it does work sometimes, just not reliably! But iit is getting too annoying to put up with as my broadband is now feeling slower than dial up at times.
Any help would be very much appreciated.
Newcastle - Australia