Instable Wireless Connection

Discussion in 'Online Security' started by kirab, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. kirab


    Sep 23, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Unstable Wireless Connection

    Hey everyone, here is a bit of information before I start:

    Dell Inspiron 5150
    P4 3.06GHz
    512MB RAM
    Dell Wireless WLAN 1350 Adapter

    and wireless router:

    Linksys WRT54G (802.11b/g router)

    My wireless connection to my laptop was perfectly fine, but then I reformatted my hard drive and have been having problems ever since. It's quite strange because either the connection is really good/fast or it's really bad. There's no mid-range. For example; downloads are fast, games ping low but sometimes ping super-high, and also I can't ping most sites using 'ping x' on ms-dos.

    I was just wondering if anyone had any insights as to why this was happening?

    Edit: Some more information

    - packet loss in games
    - can't ping sites outside of ISP
    - fast but unstable, high ping spikes
    - downloads can go very fast (like normal) but is unstable sometimes making it go slow, but then picking up again (very unstable)

    Anyone have any ideas?
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2005
  2. mbossman2

    mbossman2 I am, in reality, a moose Staff Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    RTP, NC
    step 1: make sure that you have the most current drivers installed for your wireless card.