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Modem Losing Performance?


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I have a problem with my internet suddenly going on and off, such as, occasionally receiving no internet access on Wireless Network Connections, latency and high ping when playing games online, and videos stop buffering. I am wondering if it is my modem that is doing this. I recently changed my router but I haven't messed with the modem. My modem is approximately 8 years old, and I cannot tell if it's my modem's problem or something else.

Edited by Xtreme930, 23 July 2012 - 02:03 AM.

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Hi Xtreme930,

I would definitely replace the modem if it is 8 years old. I find it extremely rare for a modem to even last that long.

However before you go ahead with that, you may want to give your ISP a call and see if there are any known issues with your internet connection. That wouldn't explain the wireless issue but maybe the high ping and video buffer etc...

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Wait, but then what would explain the wireless issue?

Edited by Xtreme930, 26 July 2012 - 01:57 AM.

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And what about gateways? Are they more reliable than having a modem and a router (which, combined with both, costs more money)?
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A gateway is defined as:

http://searchnetwork...inition/gateway

A gateway is a network point that acts as an entrance to another network


So considering the internet is an "interconnected network", your modem is a gateway that lets your computer gain access to another network (the world wide web).

I suggest to replace the modem. For simplicity, I recommend a modem that has network ports and wireless all-in-one. If you need more ports, add an unmanaged switch.
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Okay thanks.
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