College Internet

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Sep 20th, 2010
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I am a student at the University of Buffalo and i am living on campus in the dorms. I have a little bit of technical knowhow and i have done everything to try and get this figured out and this is my last ditch effort to get it resolved. (Please read and help if possible)

We have 2 ethernet ports for me and my room mate. Both of them work when our computers are directly plugged in (We both have MacBook Pro laptops f.y.i.) When connecting to the internet, there is a one time authentication of the computer with our usernames and passwords for the school, both work fine wired straight from the modem.

We when testing the speed of out internet on i get great results through both ports due to the T1 (i believe) school connection and it reads up as out IP and the ISP is "The State University of New York" (if this helps at all)

Out tech store on campus recommended this router (WRT160N) right in store and on site (along with other linksys routers) and said it is know to work. Others in my hall/friends dorms have other linksys products that connect fine with no problems or settings change needed. I bought on refurbished, i set up according to the instructions and also set up my computer for the "ResNet" with settings that they said helped but weren't necessary. The router will connect both wired and wireless (with full signal.) When i open the browser, it does load the authentication page (slightly slower then the T1 as expected) but still fast. After that, i can load maybe a few page (facebook, ESPN, CNN, Google) at a tolerable speed, but within minutes the connection sleep drops to the point where it will stop loading and give me the "can not find server" window in the browser. The IT place says that you cannot connect Xbox 360's directly to the wall because they need to authenticate (which is why we got the router in addition to being able to wirelessly use our computers.) Once the computer authenticates, the Xbox will connect to LIVE and will load up the menu in games such as COD MW2 and Madden 11 but will sometimes disconnect and other times will make it into the game, (Says NAT is Moderate but i read that wont effect speed) Once in game, it will have 1 bar of 5 in the connection icon (in the scoreboard of COD at the right) and will constantly say connection Interruption and i can move a foot and lag back or in madden, the kickoff lags through the sky and eventually the anger turns off the xbox. I have talked to our IT support, Xbox live and Linksys support both of which with more then 2 operators. Changes port forwards, DMZ, UPnP. Linksys support ran me through so many ideas that they sent me a new router through RMA in suspect of a defect and the new one does the same thing. Both were WRT160Nv3 and i updated the firmware 2 times on each with fresh downloads from the linksys site and nothing has worked. Could it be another Defect or is the new firmware not compatible? I am lost and i need your help. Thank you in advance because i don't have the money for another router (I'm a college kid, you know how it is)

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Antonio Knox Tue, 09/21/2010 - 08:53
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I've had similar issues with a WRT310N wireless router.  I'd suggest installing DD-WRT firmware on the router.  It offers stability that some Linksys router model firmwares can't match (of course this is not the case in all instances, but it was in mine).

enter your router model and go from there.  Good luck.

RobbieWhits Fri, 09/24/2010 - 11:04
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is there any particular one that works better then others. I flashed one on and it improved slightly but not substantially. Still crawls. When i begin a download the download speeds are in the hundreds of KB/s then drops down to double, even single digit speeds

Antonio Knox Fri, 09/24/2010 - 12:34
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Depending on the what you're running, your traffic may be getting policed.  With no visibility to the network, it's hard to say.  From what you're telling me, you start out with 3-digit downloads that drop to two and then single digit speeds.  That really looks like policed traffic to me.


RobbieWhits Fri, 09/24/2010 - 14:17
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most likely, the problem is that one kid in my hall has a linksys 4 port switch, another friend has an e-series router and others have routers from d-link and net gear and all of them seem to work fine on the network, i am currently on the wireless of the kid next door with no problems.

Antonio Knox Mon, 09/27/2010 - 08:45
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One last recommendation for your wireless router... Switch up the channels that you are using to find one that works well.  If you have channel overlap, that will essentially ruin your connectivity.

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mfurnival Wed, 10/06/2010 - 06:56
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If I was facing this problem I would probably break out wireshark and do some captures when you are having the problem. Judging by the back of the WRT160N it has 4 ethernet ports but I don't know if it is a switch or a hub or whether it has any port mirroring options.

Do these linksys partake in spanning tree? If so it could be the upstream switch running BDPU guard which is blocking the port.

RobbieWhits Wed, 10/06/2010 - 12:50
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Im not quite sure what all that means.. But it is not the wireless i am having a problem with. the wireless only mimics the behavior of the wired connection. I cant get the wired connection to run fluently let alone the wireless


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