OK strange computer question.
I've used wireless internet for like 6 years with this same PC and it's always worked perfectly.
Just moved into a friend's house and now the wireless network connection is always coming and going. It either works perfectly, or I get the message that my PC is unable to connect to the wireless network. At best, the web will work most of the time, while still cutting out every 30 sec. or so, but then comes back in a few more seconds. Other times (like now), I have no wireless internet connection for days. (I've been using a direct cable to router, which works fine, but I'd much rather have wireless working right.)
Strangely, my PC picks up the router's wireless signal as very strong, all the time, even when I can't connect to the wireless network for days.
Now here's what the problem is NOT:
--It's NOT a problem with the router itself. It's a brand-new dual-band Netgear. I bought it when these problems started. The older router worked worse than the new one.
--My PC uses a wireless adapter (USB plug), and that is also brand-new (CISCO).
--The cable company has replaced their modem that we use; They've also replaced the wire going to our house from the telephone pole, and ran a new ground wire in the basement.
--My PC is OLD but everything usually runs fast and perfect. And I've used wireless internet for 6 years, even right before I moved into this house. I've also reinstalled absolutely everything on my PC -- WinXP plus all software. Plus like I've said, the wired internet connection works perfectly, even when I can't get wireless network connection for days.
At this point there's almost nothing to blame except the internet service itself -- I've started to wonder if somehow, the strength of the internet service is fading in and out, to the point that my wireless connection is lost, although the wired connection is fine. I don't know if that makes sense, but there's not much else to blame...
My friend who owns the house said that over the years, there have been similar complaints from friends who lived here, about the wireless internet cutting in and out. The cable company can't find a problem so far, and they don't know what to do.
Any ideas? Could the internet service itself really be fading in and out to cause such a problem???
Also I have a couple housemates who have had problems connecting wirelessly a couple times, but not as bad as with my PC. Maybe mine is more sensitive, but I don't see how the problem could be on my PC...