Connection Problems


i just built a new system with the help of a friend, and everything is running smoothly except for one thing: the connection.

now, i have a LAN cable plugged in to a wireless router which is plugged into a modem. here's everything i've done...

1) plugged LAN into the router. internet was barely there. it would fuzz in and out, but mostly out.
2) plugged LAN directly into the modem. same problem. reset the modem, and things then worked great
3) plugged back into the router, and reset the modem again. things seemed to be working great...

but then stuff stated going odd
- startup programs get about 90%, then fail to connect in certain parts (i.e. thunderbird will load IMAP to gmail, but not POP3 to hotmail; rainlendar will load my gmail calendar, but not the weather, etc)
- chrome, ff, and ie are all timing out when i try to visit a page, but then load it at blazing speeds when i hit reload (sometimes take a few times to reload)
- and through all this i can play TF2 without so much as a hiccupp [knock on wood]

all through this, i've tried a wireless card, but gotten the same results. and another bit of information is that tyhe ethernet cable i'm using is about 10 years old. but i'm not sure if that makes a

i'm freelancing from home, and a flakey connection is the last thing i want.

any help? and thanks in advance
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  1. I presume you have 2 Ethernet cables, 1 that goes from the modem to the router and another that goes from the router to the PC...

    Test out the cables. Use one and plug the PC directly to the modem and run extended pings to for about 20 minutes (start>run>cmd>ping -t), then do the same with the other cable.
  2. thanks for the advice, but it actually turned out to be the router's firmware. it had not been configured for win 7. a quick update, and things are running smoothly.

  3. What did you configure for windows 7? I have Win 7 64 bit and didn't have to do anything. Internet and games worked just fine from the getgo.
  4. it had something to do with the router; it was constantly trying to redirect the DNS or something along those lines.

    it wasn't so much a windows 7 thing, but a router thing (linksys cisco router, model WRT160N). apparently others in my area have been having the same problems. not some massive onslaught, but just spotty connection issues like mine.

    i couldn't find anything on google about it, so maybe it's just a comcast thing (minneapolis provider). i'm not sure how far their reach spreads, but i'm also sure other people would've updated their firmware more recently than my house-mates have :)
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