Internet DCs when gaming - With odd solution?

September 9, 2010 at 19:13:37
Specs: Windows Vista
The Problem - Okay basically my internet will disconnect when I play games (eg. steam games like Counter-strike Source, and other games like Starcraft 2), and on torrents. Games can be quite tempremental at times but recently it's been getting worse, I updated my wireless adapter drivers and it seemed to make it disconnect more often.. but that could be a coincidence. With torrents it disconnects very often. Sometimes I will be disconnected from the server, sometimes from other things like Steam and Windows Live, sometimes it can go down enough to change the icon in the bottom right of the screen (what a bad description). With a normal download through something like firefox it seems fine so it definately seems to be to do with having to connect to multiple things?

I've tried:
-Updating the wireless adapter drivers (seemed to make it happen a bit more frequently, but could be coincidence).
-Turned off firewall (no use)
-Changed channels on router settings a few times (no use)
-Closed all internet related programs such as Steam, Firefox, Windows Live (no use)
-Disabled allowing the computer to turn off wireless adapter to save power (no use)
-Removed and reapplied all port openings (no use)
And of course resetting router and computer.
I am fairly sure that these disconnects just affect this computer but they may be the whole network, I stumbled onto something when testing that stopped them happening below.

The strange solution - So I went on to try other things and I set cmd line to ping google 10,000 times while I went onto the game to look at when it disconnected... and it didn't. I've been trying to play this one game mode on Starcraft 2 for a few hours and not being able to last more than 5-10mins each time, and I managed to last 2 hours and 35mins while pinging. I then stopped the pinging and went back on and lasted 7mins before being disconnected. Hopefully that could shine some light on the situation?

Just some info if it helps at all:
Vista 32-bit
Netgear WG111v3 Wireless Adapter
Netgear Wireless ADSL Firewall Router DG834G

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September 10, 2010 at 07:41:33
I updated my wireless adapter drivers

This is likely to be your biggest problem right there.

Try plugging your computer in to your router with a network cable and disable the wireless NIC when enabling the wired NIC.

I suspect you'll find an immediate improvement.

Wireless is not a media conducive to good gaming.

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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