Erratic conduct of browsing over internet with a dsl moden and a router
Posted on 2004-04-06
Hi there, I hope you can help me figure out a solution for this annoying problem. I have the following setup: 256 kbps>>dsl modem>>SMC router>>switch>>7 PCs. The machines work fine when it comes to downloading files and information. But the browsing is very erratic. Some pages wont show and if they do they lack elements (package loss maybe?). Others open very quickly and others just wont open at all. At first the problem seemed to be caused by a communication mismatch between the router and the NICs on the computer. I manually set the NICs to 100 Fullduplex and the problem seemed to dissapear for one or two days. I realize the setup must be the same on the router port and the NICs but there is no way for me to verify the router port configuration. The thing is my LAN started working beautifully for a while but then dropped again. Again, the downloading has no problem, but the browsing is back to normal (that is lousy). When I connect the dsl modem directly to a computer the problem dissapears and when I connect to the internet using the router and a dialup connection using a different modem the machine works fine (except for the constant disconnecting). Could the problem be between the router and the modem? I tried resetting the router a few times to no avail. All the machines have the 100 fullduplex configuration. This is the second SMC router I buy. The other one went to warranty. It seems the latest firmware is somehow defective (according to the technician) and there is no way to go back to the default version. I reaaly doubt this one is defective. Any idea pleasssee. This is killing me.