View Full Version : Internet Connection Problems
10-31-2007, 10:50 PM
Hey all, I can't figure this one out, so maybe some of you have an idea of what is going on.
The problem is I can't connect onto the internet on my home computer. Basically the setup is I am connected to a router, which is in my roommate's room. I've done a bunch of tests to try to narrow down what could be causing the issue, but some very odd stuff are happening.
I don't think it could be the network drive, because I can see my roommate's shared folders, AND I can actually access them no problem.
The internet itself and cables shouldn't be a problem because my roommate can connect on with no issues at all. I took my tower over to his room and connected all his stuff onto mine, but it was a no go.
I've went through dos, released and renew the ip, but no luck.
I checked out a file called 'host' in windows/system32, which showed a bunch of information that shouldn't be there. So I did a system restore to see if I could go back to a point before this all happened, but again, no luck.
I reformatted yesterday, no luck!
This is the first time I've had a problem connecting onto the internet with this computer, as it was working perfectly in residence. If anyone has even a slightest idea of what is going on, that would be awesome! Thanks!
I assume you have the following setup:
[Internet] -> router -> roomate computer
-> Your computer
If so, when the internet was setup, was it setup with your roomate's computer?
Also to be clear, do you have an IP address (given to you by the router)? When you connect to shared files on your roomate's computer, do you use the computer's name or IP address?
11-02-2007, 08:13 AM
For IP numbers, a general example:
In the router:
There is an external IP number, DNS address, which is provided by the ISP.
Internally, the router has its own IP number that is generally static and can provide the IP number to everyone else.
In each PC:
Your IP number should be within your network address range of X.Y.Z.#. #, should be some number between 1 and 254.
For your gateway address, point it to your router's IP address.
For your DNS, point it to your router's IP address. (mistyping this can prevent internet access - the case for me when I had network shares working but no internet)
But it is kind of odd since you did an IP renewal .... but did you look to see if you got the correct IP's? Windows has some default IP addresses it uses if it cannot properly renew. sometimes you get all 0 but on occasion, you can get some funny numbers that may look legit, but are just fillers.... check the IP's on your roommate's computer to see what they have - try to assign a similar set to yourself manually as a last resort.
Generally Windows is supposed to assign itself an IP like 164.x.y.z. This is so that if there are multiple Windows machines on the same network switch, they all assign themselves some random IP address in this range, and filesharing and other communications between Windows machines will still work, though nothing else will.
That is what is supposed to happen anyway :) I find it doesn't usually :P
11-04-2007, 06:14 PM
I managed to get back on the internet, but it's very slow. I had to go through the router, and reset it. The reason I know it's slow is because my roommate's connection is much faster. This router has been bugging out alot, and we both know it's not a very good one. We're suppose to be receiving another router from telus, but they are taking forever.
Anyways, as a result, I'm still not completely sure if this is the cause from the router, or my computer. Through the whole process I was still able to connect onto my roomate's computer, and everything else seemed to be operating fine.
11-05-2007, 07:49 AM
Although normally not necessary, I would check the settings on ur network card - set them all to default if possible, or change the settings to be for throughput. Also, Windows XP dynamically adjusts your data receive windows, but just in case they are out of whack, you might want to go to www.speedguide.net (http://www.speedguide.net) to lookup their Doctor TCP IP tool (as well as their othe tools) to diagnose what your issues may be. And it may not be your problem at all - maybe u just hit sites that are slow to begin with?
11-06-2007, 11:45 AM
Who set up the router initially. Maybe your roommate has a lot of downloads running which makes your connection slover. Is there some kind of traffic restriction configured. Try to ping your roommates IP and see if it's slov, too which would indicate that the connection between both PCs and the router is bad.
11-06-2007, 11:45 AM
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