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Torrents cause my internet to cut out

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May 22, 2011 5:26:12 PM

Whenever i download something via bit torrent my internet cuts out and reconnects over and over throughout the course of the download. My computer is connected directly to my router with a lan cable so i know its not a wireless issue.

The router is a few years old so maybe it just cant handle the heavy traffic anymore. It's a Linksys WRT54G V8 with everything at the factory default settings. I once tried to update the firmware on it but it wouldn't update. I didn't want to ruin the router so i gave up on trying that.

Maybe there are some settings i can change?

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May 22, 2011 5:42:33 PM

Oh and sometimes it doesn't completely cut out but reaches the point where no websites respond. My Blizzard downloader will be downloading at like 1.7mb/s then slowly go down to 0 (where my internet either cuts out or slows down to a stop). After that it will start to climb back up to speed. This just repeats over and over until the download is complete.
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May 23, 2011 4:03:50 AM

Righto, do you know your VCI and VPI settings?

Are you using PPPoE or PPPoA?

What is your MTU set at?

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May 23, 2011 4:18:39 AM

I don't know what any of those things are haha. I guess i should mention i know next to nothing about networking.
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May 24, 2011 3:26:25 AM

You need to access your Modem/Routers configuration page.
Usually the configuration page is at either:

http://192.168.0.1
http://192.168.2.1
http://192.168.1.1
http://192.168.2.0
http://192.168.1.0

One of the above should work when you type it into your Web Browser, otherwise on your Windows PC, press the Windows Key and R at the same time, the run box should come up, and type "cmd" without the quotes.

Command Prompt should come up, now type "ipconfig" without the quotes and look for your Default Gateway, and then type it into your Web Browser.

Then you may be prompted for a Username and Password:

Try the following:

Username: admin
Password: admin

Username: admin
Password: password

Once your in, find the following information for me.

Your encapsulation: PPPoA or PPPoE

Your MTU size

Your VCI and VPI settings, should all be on the Modem/Routers configuration page.


I hope that helps you, help me, help you :) 

Thanks
Axxeon
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May 24, 2011 6:23:39 AM

MTU = auto (1500)

PPPoA, PPPoE, VCI, and VPI settings are no where to be found. I checked every tab and page within the router settings :/ 
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May 24, 2011 8:24:03 AM

Your connected to the Internet yes?

Where you typed in your accout information for your ISP

When you restored to factory, you had to put some credentials in so you could connect to your ISP, it should be on that page, otherwise it'll be on the router status page.

Also are you only running one modem/router?

Thanks
Axxeon
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May 24, 2011 8:44:59 AM

Your connected to the Internet yes? yes

Where you typed in your accout information for your ISP i never typed in any ISP account info and never have before

When you restored to factory, you had to put some credentials in so you could connect to your ISP, it should be on that page, otherwise it'll be on the router status page. i never have to put in any credentials or anything to connect to my ISP. I can just go out and buy any router, hook it up to my modem, and the internet just works. It's cable internet if that means anything...

Also are you only running one modem/router?
one router and one modem
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May 24, 2011 11:19:15 AM

You could have stated earlier that you have a modem and a router.

Ok, ring you ISP, as this is to difficult to handle over simple text.

I tried my best, I have some ideas, but it's just gonna be too hard to fix without me actually being at your house.

Unfortunately, no offense, but it just may a little to difficult for you to fix this yourself given your limited knowledge with Networking(I say this in the nicest way possible), try getting a call-out technician to come to your house.

Thanks
Axxeon
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May 24, 2011 4:04:42 PM

alright thank you for your help :) 
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May 24, 2011 11:33:09 PM

All good bud
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May 25, 2011 9:46:19 PM

The router you are using is known to cut out during torrent downloads. Basically it can't handle the concurrent connections torrents will create...

Upgrade to a robust router, torrent when you don't need the IC, or turn off the torrents when you want to use the Internet. You could also try and upgrade the firmware.

If you are going to upgrade your router, check out NewEgg and read the "user's reviews". Normally alot of people will post up network statics, and how bad or good it is...
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