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A few days ago I started having strange problems with my internet connection. It disconnected at seemingly random times, and I had to restart my router to bring it back up. I also noticed that it didn't crash when I pulled the UTP cable from the PC I use the most(please note that this doesn't mean I'm certain it can't crash when that PC was disconnected, it just seemed to happen more when it wasn't). I tried switch UTP cable to no success.

I thought it was some kind of problem with my router, so I connected another one and now I have a similar, but maybe even stranger problem: it doesn't totally disconnect me from the internet(only happened once so far, so might be a coincidence) but I do lose some packets every minute or so(in fact, I'm beginning to think it happens EXACTLY every minute, especially if I believe my "ping -t google.com"). When I keep testing on pingtest.net a few times in a row, at like 1/5th of the tries it has packet loss, that packet loss is ALWAYS exactly 12 packets out of 250(5%).

I also tested my network speed using speedtest.net and Steam downloads, it's a quite consistent 90-100mbit down and 60-90mbit upspeed, which is quite normal.

Does anyone know what could cause this problem? The consistency of it baffles me.

Some specs of my PC/Network:

  • Router: TP-Link TL-WR1043ND
  • Network Card: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
  • OS: Windows 8 Pro
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