|I am running Windows XP with the latest service pack. The machine is a bit old, but came installed with Windows XP and has run fine for years. I access the internet using a cable-modem with our local cable provider and a Linksys wireless router (connected via cable, nor wireless card). I have a virus checker and a spyware remover installed.|
Over the past few months I have noticed problems with the internet. Though still able to connect and browse, once I restart the modem/router, things quickly slow down. For example, internet explorer consistently refused to let me upload a 1.5 MB zip file… it timed out and aborted the upload. I tried the same thing on Firefox and it did eventually upload, but it took almost 45-minutes for the upload to complete. That is COMPLETELY ridiculous.
My wife tried to bid on something on eBay last night. When she hit the bid button, it took between 5 and 7 minutes for the next page to come up.
I’ll be working with my internet provider’s tech support tonight to see if it’s a cable modem problem, but is it possibly the operating system that is causing the problem?
I don’t THINK it is, because I have my work laptop that accesses the internet fine from the network at the office, but experiences the same slowdown at home (via wireless card). But I’ve been wrong before, and it could be some kind of network setup issue at home.