Big lag spikes and packet loss every few minutes.

I am in a house with 5 other people and connected wirelessly to a Sagecom f@st 2864 router using my Windows 8 laptop. I know that it isn't just my housemates torenting or something causing me to lag because it happens sometimes even when I know everybody is asleep or out. And a lot of the time it goes for hours with no problems at all. The router was replaced a couple of months ago because it stopped working, but this happened with the previous router as well.




Connecting directly with an ethernet cable isn't really an option as I can't drill holes through the walls and floors. What can I do to fix this?
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  1. Need some wifi connection info...
    What's the speed/signal strength, does it vary?

    It sounds like a poor connection. Options are a range extender etc, or an external wifi adapter plugged into the laptop.
  2. mrmez said:
    Need some wifi connection info...
    What's the speed/signal strength, does it vary?

    It sounds like a poor connection. Options are a range extender etc, or an external wifi adapter plugged into the laptop.


    My laptop has full bars and it happens to other people in the house so I know it's not my laptop. Like when I am playing a game with my house mate and skyping him every minute or so skype and the game will get heavy lag then stop and it's the same time for both of us. I also use this same laptop at other houses and it works perfectly.

    Our plan is 25down 10up with Bell




    This is when I'm sitting 4 feet away from the router, so it's not a signal issue

  3. If it's happening to multiple users at the same time, it's more likely an internet connection issue than wifi.
    Still... you gotta isolate it.

    I don't use windows any more so I can't tell yo what buttons to click, but OSX has a network utility which logs errors etc. Even if you have full bars, interference could be causing troubles. Connection speed usually isn't an issue, but as signal strength varies (even when sitting still), renegotiating a new speed can cause momentary ping spikes. Usually only noticeable in reaction critical online games.

    Best way to test longer term stability, disconnect all users, connect with ethernet, download something that will take an hour or so with a DL manager from a site you know can maintain max speed.
    My ISP for example doesn't count Apple data, so I'd download a bunch of the older OS X updates.
    The download speed graph from there should shed a little light.
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