Problem with slow Internet access going thru router

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Doomster, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Doomster

    Doomster LI Guru Member

    Newbie here who just joined. Trying to find some answers.

    I have a Linksys BEFSR41 wired router. I have 3 PCs hooked up to the router. I have a DSL service that gives me the standard 384Kb/s download speed.

    2 of the PCs are running WinXP. 1 is running Win98.

    I'm having Internet access speed problems from the Win98 *if* I go thru the router. The other problem is that if I want to copy/move large files from a WinXP to the Win98 thru Microsoft's Network Neighborhood, I time out. Not surprisingly, I can copy/move large files if I'm copying/moving from the Win98 to one of the WinXPs without any problem.

    I did some troubleshooting. I accessed the website to test my Internet access speed.

    From a WinXP thru the router (to Dallas), I get 323Kb/s download & 316Kb/s upload speed.

    From a WinXP directly thru the DSL modem (without going thru the router), I get 327Kb/s & 316Kb/s respectively.

    From the Win98 directly thru the DSL modem, 321Kb/s and 312Kb/s.

    From the Win98 thru the router, the speedtest times out.

    If I visit websites on the WinXP, I have no problems whether they go thru the router or not. If I visit websites on the Win98 and it's on the router, the download times out. I've tried this with Netscape, IE, and Firefox. Browsers aren't the problem. If I connect the Win98 directly to the DSL modem, I have no problems downloading websites. It's just the router that's the variable.

    Since the problem "goes away" when I'm not connected to the router, I don't think it's a NIC card or CAT-5 cable problem. I've also tried connecting the Win98 to the different ports on the router but the problem still exists.

    I think I'm doing something wrong wrt configuration of the router for the Win98. Is there some configuration I have to set for a Win98 host? Has anybody else seen this? I've tried searching for this topic but couldn't find anything useful.
  2. Doomster

    Doomster LI Guru Member

    Problem with slow Internet access going thru...

  3. ang123

    ang123 LI Guru Member

    timed out problem

    I think you should test your LAN without connecting to the internet. You don't
    need your DSL modem to share files on your network. It is not your router,but
    some settings in your Windows 98 installation. Remove your network and reinstall
    it again on windows 98 and run a windows registry cleaner program .
    Remove the network components and allow windows 98 to install them again. It
    may correct and refresh the settings .

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