Actually, I think wonky would be a nice way to put my internet problems.
The more accurate term would be completely fucked up.
ok, here is the happenings. I have two computers hooked up to a nice linksys router which is in turn hooked up to a nice Comcast cable modem. I've been living here for almost two years with this setup/service and my internet has been nothing less than lightning fast.
Until a last thursday.
First, I guess, a little info.
I've tried all the usual suspects (virus, cache, etc.)
I've run Avast Antivirus (current) with not so much as a single virus on either computer. Ad Aware on both (newest version) CCleaner on both (newest version).
Both comps have their most recent mobo drivers. both are running the most recent version of Firefox and both have full windows updates.
I can see in the task manager, and having turned off junk in msconfig that, no weird processes are running in the background (that I can see anyway).
so. Last Thursday (game night!) I get on Skype with 7 friends (like I have for the past year) and we play WC3: TFT custom maps. we play a few games and decide to play some new TD map I've never played. I DL it and get in the game and POW. My internet slows to a crawl. The game is completely unplayable. Skype goes dead (I'm still in the program, but no sound at all). I restart and same problem. I try to browse websites and no dice (making the new post here took about 2 minutes to load).
I reset my router and the cable modem (unplugged and let sit for 5 minutes etc.) and turned them back on. No change. I then unplugged the router and hooked one comp directly to the cable modem. Also, no change. I called Comcast to see if it was on their end. I talked to some lady who I feel probably couldn't even spell computer. Even though, I did everything she asked me to do (which I had already done, but I humored her). She also reset the modem from her work station (or so she claimed) (the lights went out and gradually came back, so I guess she told the truth). No change. She said it must be my computers. I personally doubt that both computers would be stricken by the same malady on the same night (especially since one wasn't even on at the time).
In frustration, I said a lot of four letter words, turned them off and went to bed. The next day, I decided to try a test. I got on Skype and it worked fine. I then tried to access facebook. It slowed to a crawl and eventually timed out. I then loaded up Steam and joined a game of Day of Defeat. My ping was 28 and the server claims to be in Texas (I live in Maryland). Then I tried to access my gmail (no dice).
Which brings us to today. This morning (and indeed about 4 hours ago) my internet was MOVING. I was over joyed! However, about half an hour ago it's back to crawling =/
I just pinged google and it doesn't seem so bad.
(184.108.40.206) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from iy-in-f147.google.com (220.127.116.11): icmp_seq=0 ttl=242 time=18.2 ms
64 bytes from iy-in-f147.google.com (18.104.22.168): icmp_seq=1 ttl=242 time=18.5 ms
64 bytes from iy-in-f147.google.com (22.214.171.124): icmp_seq=2 ttl=242 time=18.2 ms
64 bytes from iy-in-f147.google.com (126.96.36.199): icmp_seq=3 ttl=242 time=18.0 ms
ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3002ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 18.093/18.294/18.587/0.206 ms, pipe 2
then again, I have no idea what that even means =/
help me H/A
I'm at a loss.