OK, for a while now, I've been getting some serious latency issues, and it's been getting more and more frequent, it seems. Normally, everything works great, but intermittently, there are periods of latency. Surfing the web, pages normally load right up, but occasionally, it'll take an extended period of time to load a web page. Other times, it'll load right up. If I'm viewing multiple pages, or trying to load multiple pages, they all stop loading at the same time, until the bout of latency is over with.
This is really an issue as well when it comes to playing online games. Again, you can play normally, but when the lag hits, I can still see everything going on like normal around me, I still see the game chat progressing, messages from things hitting me, people talking to me, but I can't actually do anything, or send any messages back, until the latency goes away. It can last anywhere from 5 seconds to over a minute. I've had it happen to me in both World of Warcraft, and a different older online game as well. It's *very* frustrating.
I have two computers in the house, one desktop, and one laptop. The desktop is a wired connection, hooked right into the router, while the laptop uses a wireless connection. Both computers experience the same problems, and at the same time. Playing the aforementioned online game, on both computers, both players lag at the exact same time.
It's been getting worse over the last few weeks, to the point where it's getting almost unplayable. It's just been getting more frequent, and with some longer periods of lag. I've had it happen multiple times in five minutes, to the point where it seems like I'm lagging more often than I'm not lagging, at its worst.
I was thinking that it might have been an issue with my wireless router, I had a Linksys Wireless-B router, it was a few years old, and we did have to power-cycle the router every so often, because it would stop working from time to time. I had tested it out, by hooking up the desktop computer directly to the cable modem, and it seemed better. There was still a little bit of lag every now and then, but it was a LOT better. So, for the meantime, we hooked the router back up, and I was going to try and buy a new router.
OK, so now I have a Linksys Wireless-G, WRT54G router. Followed the directions by the book to set it up, not taking any chances, and it worked great for the first few days, but now my latency issues are returning once again. I'm not sure if it's an issue with the router, or maybe it's something with the cable modem. The modem is pretty old, ever since we first got broadband, so it could be that possibly. Let me just get the brand and model of the cable modem just in case: Here it is, from the front - Toshiba PCX1100U
My connection used to work perfectly, on both computers, but now, it's getting pretty bad. Any suggestions of something I can do to help correct this or at least figure out what the problem is?
Have exactly the same problem with my Linksys WRT54GS. It lags every minute without fail for between 3 to 45 seconds and yeah online gaming nightmare it is completely unacceptable on first person shooters. Oh and I'm downloading something at the moment, it's going at 25K!!!!!!!! WHAAAAAAAT!!
Don't think it's the age of your router as mines a new g grade and does the same.
I have just wired mine in after spending like 60 quid on the thing. Apparently if your receiving gear isn't Linksys (mines MSI PC54G-BT PCI card with latest drivers) the Linksys wireless routers won't communicate to well with it. I was recommended to get a Linksys dongle or card and told that should solve the problems but personally I won't be touching anything Linksys again, I don't like their tactics.
Anyone got any ideas that avoid spending more money would be greatly appreciated
Having exactly the same issue. I have 2 wireless adapters on two seperate PCs that are experiencing the same issue. I too thought my router was dying and invested in a new one. Unfortunately I ended up having the same issue. I am also noticing this while playing video games and/or browsing the web. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
It's actually been getting a little worse lately for me now as well. Either my ISP's signal is going to crap, or maybe I'm thinking the cable modem. I called them up, and they said it should be fine, but I dunno.
Still, dunno if I want to spend the money on a new modem if I'm still going to have the same problems. *shrug*
I had this problem for a long time as well and browsed many different forums to find a possible solution and the one that worked for me was fairly simple. You have to update the firmware of your router. If you have had your router for more than one year there is a reasonable chance that there may be an update available.
To do this you want to go to the linksys homepage and go to the downloads page or simple type http://www.linksys.com/downloads. Once you are at this page select your model router to continue. You will also need to know what version it is so take note of that as well (the version number is right next to the model number if applicable).
Where this will take you is to the firmware update page for your specific router. You need to scroll down and download the firmware to your computer. Two possible things can happen here, if a .zip file downloads then you need to extract it open it up and follow the directions from there; but if a .bin file downloads you will have to do a bit more work.
From here we are in the home stretch, open your internet browser and type in the default IP address (192.168.1.1) into the address bar to get to the router setup prompt. The default user-name and password are both admin. Once inside click on the tab that says "Administration". Now pretty much right under where you clicked Administration click Firmware upgrade. Then click Browse and find where you downloaded the .bin file to and open it. Once selected hit the Upgrade button and wait until it is done.
The last thing you will need to do is reboot your router manually. To do this you need to unplug the power cable from the back of the router and wait for a moment before plugging it back in (5-10sec). You should never really click the small reset button on the back of the router unless you are rebuilding your network and want to start from scratch.
And that's it, I truly hope that this solves your problem as it worked for me and from one WoW player to another best of luck.