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July 14, 2010 at 05:09:54
Specs: Windows XP
I have seen this problem posted before on this
site, so I will not repeat too much, but have
exactly the same problem as in a previous
post. I am definitely connected to the internet
(Netgear wirelss router) but can access only
certain sites - Google , all of the BBC site,
Yahoo on and off, but nothing else (I imagine
there may well be some sites that could also
be accessed if I tried more). I have cleared all
histories and turned off all f/walls and AV. The
problem unexpectedly cleared last night, but
has now re-emerged hours later (me having
made no changes at all). I mention the
Netgear router, as a previous post also
(coincidentally?!?) had the same router. I have
also read somewhere that someone found the
problem disappeared when they wired up the
PC to the router, but I have not got the cable
to try this at the moment. Any thoughts or
similar experiences?

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July 14, 2010 at 07:42:11
Try static DNS IP addresses. Use the ISP's servers.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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July 14, 2010 at 08:27:38
post the results of an ipconfig /all for review.

Since you are connecting wirelessly are you POSITIVE you are connected to YOUR router when you have issues.

Not uncommon for wireless cards to grab a closer stronger signal from someone else's router.

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July 14, 2010 at 11:32:31
Yes I am definitely connected wirelessly as I can connect to
some websites, (eg google, but not others. And my
iphone is connected and is fine. Some more research has led
me to reduce the MTU setting on my router (I reduced it from
1458 to 1448) and the problem appears to be solved. How long it
will remain to be solved for I'm not sure. Would appreciate any
thoughts as to whether this seems like the right thing to do, and
also as to why this might have suddenly happened, having been
working fine for years.

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July 14, 2010 at 11:57:03
MTU effects all traffic not some.

You should ask your isp what the recommended MTU should be set to since compatablity is the important issue with MTU [pc to router to isp should all be the same]

The point I was making concerning wireless is that if you are really connecting to a neighbors wireless signal and they have filtering in place it would explain why some times it works and other times it doesn't.

Next time it doesn't work CONFIRM you are attached to YOUR router by going to the routers web page via web browser. If you can't logon the router it would mean you are on your neighbors not yours [assuming you set a password on the router and had windows remember it for you]

It would be nice to see that ipconfig /all to confirm you have the proper ip settings and they are not the issue.

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November 16, 2010 at 16:07:53
One possible reason for this problem flairing up after years of working fine is another wireless device/system on the SAME WIRELESS CHANNEL may have become activated.

I have recently developed the same problem about a month ago and have been frantically trying to fix it. I have read a lot of posts on this sort of thing and been searching hard for a problem, and am convinced it is my neighbours wireless channel, (security WPA2-PK and channel 802.11n, exactly the same as mine, although the security doesn't really matter in this case). And yes I have done what (many but not all) other posts said and fiddled around with IE, antiviruse, etc settings.

Why I think its a wireless channel issue (In my case, tho it may not be in your case):

If 2 signals regardless of content are sent on the same frequency, they have the potential to conflict or jam each other. Just think of your favourite radio station and what would happen if your neighbour started his own station on that same freq channel. This would eqplain why a lot of users (not just in this post but all the other ppl in other forums exp'ing same prob) aren't getting any results from tweaking this internet explorer or antivirus.

Your neighbours wireless is something you cannot control and unless u spy on ur neighbours, u won't get any warning about if they set up a wireless channel.

I have full net access at time of typing this and guess what, this neighbour's signal is not being detected.

Here are a few websites that served as the 'bibliography' of this post:

P.S. the purpose of this post is to help anyone else who was in my predicament a month ago so they don't have to waste time trying to figure it out for themselves, not just to help m1kee (although I do hope this is helpful to you). I know this might not be the difinitive answer in all cases but I stumbled upon this answer myself, not by searching thorugh the countless forums that I did.

Getting back ot the main Question of why Google works in this case but not other websites, I still have no idea, so would be appreciative if somebody else could eqplain this (i.e. does google have a different net coding or something)?

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