I used to have a wireless network that used to be run on a 802.11b router. It was working great until I tried to do some gaming. Every couple of minutes, I would appear to have a freeze/lag/dropoff that could last almost 10 seconds. I could host games, but when i did, the other players would get that lag like I did, which sucked for them.
Notice that this freeze/lag/dropoff only happened in games, not downloading, uploading, or anything else you can think of. Obviously something is not right.
This occurance would also make some multiplayer games crash, such as mods off of halflife (Firearms, Counterstrike, Natural Selection).
I took several suggestions like upgrading the firmware of the router and whatnot, and nothing seemed to work. Then I thought that the whole router itself could be the problem, so I decided to take a trip to the store and pick up the 802.11g router and network card.
After getting the 802.11g router set up, I try gaming, like I did before. And still, I get that [bleep] freeze/lag/dropoff but it only lasts for less than 5 seconds now. It is not because I have a lack of signal because I tried gaming wireless right next to the router, any closer and it would have been in my computer.
I don't believe I have any virus/spyware/adware either. I run Norton, Spybot S&D, and Ad-aware regularly.
Any thoughts on why I might be having this problem? If you need some specs on my comp just tell me.
If this is not a networking thing, but I am pretty sure it is, just tell me where I should have posted it.