Solved Internet connection intermittent on PC only.

Tp link / Tl-wr340gd
September 23, 2012 at 02:23:58
Specs: Windows XP SP3, AMD Phenom II X4 955 - 3.21ghz, 4GB RAM
Hi all

I have a TPLink TL-WR340GD router to which I connect my PC, my PS3, two wireless laptops and my smartphone.

The PC is connected via ethernet cable, and for the past few days, the connection has been dropping every few minutes for up to an hour at a time, whereas the other devices will continue without any problems.

I have tried changing the cable, updating the network card drivers, am never using too many at one time (max one other laptop) and yet it systematically ceases to work every few minutes on the PC with everything else just fine...


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September 24, 2012 at 06:00:13
Double check your computer's TCP/IP settings. Ensure the "default gateway" IP and the DNS IP are the same as the LAN IP of your router.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***



#1
September 23, 2012 at 05:05:43
If you haven't yet, try plugging the computer into a different LAN port on the router. If the issue persists, the NIC on your computer is likely the problem and in need of replacing.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
September 23, 2012 at 05:05:52
Does the router have a spare LAN port that you might be able to try? Are any of the other devices connected by cable or are they all wireless?
Just trying to work out whether the problem is in the router or the PC since you say you've tried a different cable already without result.

edit... Beaten by CurtR by 9 seconds.

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#3
September 23, 2012 at 05:13:24
Thanks gents.

I have tried a different LAN port on the router, and no change was apparent.

One things that might be of interest is that before I realised that the other computers (all connected wirelessly, except the PS3 which doesn't really suffer) work fine when my PC's connection is lost, I would switch off the router and restart it and that would resolve the problem for a while... before resuming again.

Whereas if it were the NIC at fault, perhaps restarting the router wouldn't (albeit temporarily) solve the problem?


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#4
September 23, 2012 at 06:48:34
edit... Beaten by CurtR by 9 seconds.

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tomsk2

One thing you can try is ensuring your router has the most recent firmware. I forgot to mention that before. So check with the manufacturer's website and if there is newer, apply it and see if that doesn't fix the issue. If it doesn't, then it's likely your computer's NIC is on the fritz.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#5
September 23, 2012 at 12:43:22
Firmware is the latest, unfortunately... was also something I thought to check.

Interesting thing, though... can stream video from my PC to my PS3 via the cables and router, without any loss of connection, whilst the internet goes down from time to time still.

Could it still be the NIC if traffic is seemingly fine but internet is not?


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#6
September 24, 2012 at 06:00:13
✔ Best Answer
Double check your computer's TCP/IP settings. Ensure the "default gateway" IP and the DNS IP are the same as the LAN IP of your router.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
September 29, 2012 at 12:10:40
Thanks Curt R, that appears to have fixed it!!

No clue WHY that wasn't a problem beforehand, when the DNS settings were on default, but it seems to have solved the current problem.

Thanks a million!


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