Why is my internet connection unstable?

Paul February 3, 2010
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I have win xp and in my system tray, under the internet connection icon, it occasionally switches between “a cable is unplugged” to “you are now connected”(or something to that effect).

Could it be my network adapter?

  1. ænon1mus
    February 4, 2010 at 9:33 am

    There could be several culprits:

    1. Faulty network adapter
    2. Faulty router
    3. Faulty cable

    I may be forced to ask you the usual question:
    Are you sure the network cable is plugged in properly?
    Notice any defects in the cable?
    Notice the same problem while plugged in elsewhere?
    Notice the same problem if another computer uses your cable?

    • paul
      February 4, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      Are you sure the network cable is plugged in properly? YES
      Notice any defects in the cable? NO
      Notice the same problem while plugged in elsewhere? cannot tell (it's a desktop)
      Notice the same problem if another computer uses your cable? (just the desktop)

      it tends to happen heavily with torrents

      • ænon1mus
        February 7, 2010 at 10:12 am

        If you notice that this problem only occurs with torrents, try limiting the number of ports available. By default, most apps will not limit the number of connections. Try changing it to 100-200 (total connections) and see if they problem resolves itself.

  2. Anonymous
    February 4, 2010 at 2:05 am

    It could be your router or even a faulty modem.

    Does it change when your using the Internet heavily. It may "shut down" when there is too much bandwidth going through the router. Thats what happens to mine.