Networking & wireless forum: Wireless speed fluctuates and I don't know why...

by: DeamonFruba November 17, 2011 8:10 PM PST

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by DeamonFruba - 11/17/11 8:10 PM

So I'm a little technologically uneducated so bear with me. At the beginning of summer 2011 I moved into a new apartment and bought a wireless router. It worked quite well for a little while then I moved from one apartment to the next door apartment. That's when things started getting bad. My internet started doing this thing where it would slow down to an absolute crawl, making it impossible to get anything done at all unless I unplugged then replugged the router. Sometimes it would go a long time without doing this but eventually it started doing it once every 20 minutes so I bought a brand new router from a different company. The router is called "Medialink - Wireless N Router - 802.11n - 150 Mbps - 2.4 Ghz - NEW Design w/ Internal Antenna"

At first things were great again. Except now it's starting to act up - although to a lesser extent than the last one - and I'm getting very frustrated. I don't think it's my computer because it's brand new and whenever I go up to campus and use the university wireless I've got no problems at all. The apartment I live in has internet that is used in the whole complex although using your own wireless is faster than just plugging into the wall with an ethernet cable. I have also been forced to share with a roommate. Is that something that might slow down my internet?

(And, as a side question, there isn't a way to put a password on plugging into my router with a cable, is there? If there is I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me how to do that.)

If anybody has a suggestion I would REALLY appreciate it. This is very frustrating for me and it makes doing research papers disgustingly difficult.

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