Internet connection constantly breaks
by N.T.Gray - 4/26/12 7:33 PM
For the past couple of months my desktop's internet connection has been extremely fragile. It breaks constantly, necessitating either a cable modem and router reboot or a computer reboot, or both. My daughter can watch TV on the Roku for hours, but it is common for me to surf the net for five to fifteen minutes and have the connection vanish.
The desktop is a Dell Inspiron running Win 8. It is connected by ethernet wire to the Netgear router. Also on the network since Christmas is a wireless Roku and from time to time two wireless laptops. The problem did not suddenly begin right after Christmas, although it was not an issue before Christmas.
Each laptop has on a single instance (not at the same time) displayed a message saying that there was an IP address conflict, which was cleared by rebooting the laptop.
I was recently having a problem with a non-functioning CD drive in the desktop, which Bob Proffitt helped me fix by deleting upper and lower filters in the registry. At that time I also experimented with a registry cleaner that claimed to find a whole lot of problems, but which failed to complete its mission and did not actually change anything.
Some time back I called my cable company several different times, and they could restore service. But one time the modem was indeed bad and was replaced, but that replacement does not seem to have increased or decreased the frequency of connection outages compared to before the death of the modem.