Ahh, another mystery.. Here's the scoop:
1 month old PC running windows7. brand new wireless router (belkin surf N). brand new cat5 cabling. Installed wireless router, connected pc via ethernet. Purchased a gaming adapter to connect blu-ray to internet. gaming adapter connects to router wirelessly, then blu-ray is hooked up via ethernet from gaming adapter. So, all is well and everything is playing nicely. PC and Blu-Ray both get ip's via the routers dhcp.
About a week later, the computer (wired) lost connection to internet. However, the wireless/blu-ray were still connected and working fine.. can stream netflix, etc.
Looked in error log on PC, and it seems that it is randomly losing connectivity every few hours, then it fixes itself and gets back online. It's giving an IP conflict error message, which I will relay the exact details of next time i'm able to connect to view it. (not at that location right now, but will be later today) For example, 3am today the computer was "offline". Around 7:30a, it came back online. A few minutes ago, it's off again.
The devices listed are the only ones on the network.. Each seems to be properly getting a unique ip from DHCP.
Initial thoughts with sporadic issues like this are to check cat5 cabling and/or nic card, but this is a brand new PC and cabling. Doesn't mean it couldn't be bad, but much less likely.
Those things aside, any suggestions on where to start? Friday i went ahead and assigned a static ip to the computer and it connected and recevied the ip fine - but over the weekend, it randomly disconnected again. It's very annoying because when you try to look at it, it'll be working fine - so running ipconfig, etc, is useless. I need to see it when it's NOT working - but that's difficult at a remote location.
Sorry to be vague, but this is one of those on again off again problems that driving me crazy.
thanks in advance..