Our Internet (a 10Mbps line), is a cable line to the modem which, in turn, is connected via a patch cable to a wireless router (Linksys e4200). The router broadcasts two networks, one on a 2.4Ghz channel and one on a 5Ghz channel. Away from the router, we have a wireless bridge (Linksys WRT610) connected to the router on the 5Ghz channel. The bridge is wired into a switch which branches off to two PCs.
When we ping the bridge, the speed is always less than 1ms. When we ping the router, the speed is always less than 4ms. When we check our Internet Speed, it's between 7 and 10.5Mbps.
The problem is, one of the two PCs can't seem to stream video from the net without skipping. The other PC, which connects to the Inernet via the same switch, bridge, router, modem path works just fine.
I said all of that so we could rule out a networking issue. On the PC having issues, the video card rates a 6.9 and the memory rates a 7.2. In short, the PC is pretty beefy and runs all websites, programs, etc. with extreme ease.
It's just that when it tries to play video from the web, it always lags. It happens on all streaming video - Youtube, Hulu, ABC, Fox, etc. Now that we've ruled out a wifi issue and proved that the hardware is up to par, I can also tell you that we've updated the players (flash, etc.) and tried different browsers (pretty much everything but Safari).
We flushed the DNS and cleared the history on the machine and still nothing. We swapped the bridge from the 5Ghz channel to the 2.4Ghz channel. I can't think of anything else to try but am quite certain it's a software issue on the problematic machine.
Edited by magusbuckley, 29 April 2012 - 10:36 PM.