Just put together a new home network. Using mostly new equipment for everything. The wireless router is a D-Link DIR-825. The wireless network is working well for the most part, but one of my notebooks is having sporadic issues. More concerning is that I have one ethernet cable connected tot the router which is plugged into port 1 of a 16 port gigabit switch. From that switch I have one port connected to a desktop system, one port connected to a docking station for a notebook, one prt connected to a network printer and one port connected to a VOIP phone. Most everything seems to be working fine except that the desktop system running Windows 7 Ultimate, keeps dropping the internet connection. It will function when I log in, but then at some point I will click on a web link and it will time out. I have to wait for minute or 2 before it re-establishes connection. Not sure what could be causing this. I want to connect my newly built Windows home server, but I want to make sure it has a constant cnnection. Any suggestions.
I did try another port on the switch and another port directly on the router and the connection keeps dropping. I have to assume it's something with the embedded NIC on the new system. I do not know why it would be dropping the connection. Anyone know how to diagnose a bad NIC, or could it be a setting?
Thanks for the advice. I forgot to update the thread, but I updated the firmware on the router and that seemed to fix the issue. In the list of fixes the firmware corrected, there was an entry pertaining to IPV6.