Home Network Nightmare

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Bob26104, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. Bob26104

    Bob26104 Guest

    Hi folks, If anybody can help me I'd sure appreciate it. I'm somewhat of a novice at networking. For about the last 2 yrs. I've had my little home network set-up rather strangely I guess. I used my wife's computer with 2 network cards to share the internet connection to 3 other hard wired computers using a a cheapo linksys switch box. I know it sounds funny but it worked excellent.

    I decided that I wanted to go wireless for my laptop. I started out about 2 weeks ago with a Belkin router, went to the next model belkin, then to the WRT54G V.5 router, and finally to a WRT54G V.4. All four of these routers have had the same problem. The internet connection may work fine to start with and eventually slows to a crawl, (usually within minutes). When I say a crawl I'm talking about 200kbps to 600kbps download speed for a connection that is 2 to 3 mbps when connected directly to the modem.

    I have charter internet and have even tried a new modem. Most recently I've been experimenting with a 3rd party firmware. I flashed DD-WRT last night and I thought I was in heaven. It worked great for aobut 2 hours then all I did was go to the web interface and change the administrator password. WAM! the connection speed immediately dropped after saving settings. I should also point out that with each one of these I have changed MTU settings in all different kinds of increments. I've found the ideal setting I think at 1400 but that still only helps the problem for a few minutes at best.

    Does anybody know what might be going on here?

    thanks in advance,
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