Got a technology question...
My home "network" consists of a cable modem, a wireless router, a desktop Mac with a hard line connection to the router, and a laptop PC with a wireless connection to the router. My Internet service plan provides me with a 3 MBPS line, so downloads should be moving along, right?
Recently, I've noticed that some streaming connections, like mySpace music were getting severed abruptly and for no apparent reason. At first, I assumed the problem was on their end, but then I started have the same problem with different downloads, like YouTube and other video hosting sites. It seemed odd that a strong connection like 3 MBPS would have bandwidth issues, so I ran a connection speed
test to see if I was indeed getting all 3 Megs of my connection. The results were really odd.
I ran the test over and over again, and I got different results each time, but the range was clear. Depending on some random factor, my connection is oscillating between 600 KB and ~2 Megs at any given time. I was doing those tests with only the Mac online and with no Internet activity occurring. I was curious if the router was the problem, so I took it out of the stream and ran the cable modem directly to the desktop. All of the sudden, my connection speed was right at 3 Megs without fail. Same held true if I ran the line directly to my laptop.So my question is this:
Do I need a new router, or is there something else going on here?
I should mention that my wireless router is secured. I'm not concerned about anyone leeching my service.