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Wireless network pings are different for 2 different machines

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We have a desktop Dell 8200 and a Asus laptop W2. Both run windows XP SP2 and are connected to a wireless network (using a netgear DG834G). Reception is on the whole good or excellent for both machines. Also we use a 64bit WEP security key on the network.

My brother and I would like to play games together online or via our network. The dell has no problems with ping while wireless. However, the laptop has a undulating wave like ping profile (i.e. ping is fine around 30-50 and then it shoots up into the hundreds) I have noticed this isn't limited to gaming but also when surfing the net. When I ping websites through the command window the pings can be very low or extremely high. I have tried disabling norton anti-virus but this doesn't seem to make a difference. I don't think there is any adware as I have scanned with adaware and spybot S&D and also the laptop is only about 2 weeks old.

Also when we connect the laptop to the network via ethernet(100) the pings are fine. I am usually very good with sorting out computers but this really has me stumped. My only theory is that maybe the traffic in the air is clashing but that wouldnt explain why the desktop is fine.

Any help is much appreciated. If you need more info just ask. Take care,

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im having a hard time kind of understanding what you are saying? I think you are wondering why the speeds may differ on the 2 computers? For starters when pinging something over the net you will get different responses. Try to do a trace route, this will allow you to see any potential bog downs..ie gateways...and such.
From both computers trace route to the same place and see if results are similiar, are they going via same ip's? to do this:

start--->run--->cmd----> type in command line: tracert www.somedestination..
here is an example: i did have to take out some work information, but intact is results.
This will give you speed from your p.c to destination. Try to see where the bog down is happening. How long does it take to go from p.c to router? This may indicate NIC is going, if the speed is fine, keep looking to see where speed is slowing down to determine the difference.
Hope this helps :tazz:

tracert www.yahoo.com

Tracing route to www.yahoo.akadns.net []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms corp5e8601-vid1100..com []
2 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms nokia1260-1-corp..com []
3 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms expedientrouter..com []
4 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms v312.cas1.nsmrb.bstnma.e-xpedient.com [66.230.77
5 3 ms 2 ms 3 ms v309.cs2.300bn.bstnma.e-xpedient.com [66.230.77.
6 3 ms 2 ms 2 ms g0-2-0-316.cr2.300bn.bstnma.e-xpedient.com [66.2
7 3 ms 3 ms 3 ms unknown.Level3.net []
8 4 ms 3 ms 3 ms ae-2-52.mp2.Boston1.Level3.net []
9 12 ms 12 ms 12 ms as-3-0.bbr2.Washington1.Level3.net [
10 13 ms 15 ms 14 ms ge-4-0-0-54.gar1.Washington1.Level3.net [4.68.12
11 14 ms 14 ms 15 ms
12 14 ms 14 ms 15 ms t-3-1.bas2.re2.yahoo.com []
13 16 ms 14 ms 14 ms p23.www.re2.yahoo.com []

Trace complete.
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