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Over the last few days I've been having internet connectivity problems. The connection seems to hang for a random length of time, up to about 1 minute. This happens at random intervals, the shortest being around every 2 minutes and the longest about 10-15.

My wireless icon shows as 5 bars and connected throughout these hangs, then at the end of the hang it flicks down to 4 bars and back to 5 again - this could mean nothing though.

I have contacted my ISP and they remotely logged into the router and after tweaking a few minor settings say they found no issues.

I have updated the drivers for the wireless card (Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN) but this didn't change anything.

In the device manager, I made sure the wireless card power management settings unchecked "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power", so this isn't the problem.

There are 5 other computers in this house connected to the wireless router and having no issues.

I'm running Windows 8 on an Acer laptop and have had no recent hardware or software changes.

Any help or suggestions are much appreciated!

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How do you judge that your internet connection hangs exactly? If no other computer has a problem, this indicates, a hardware problem on the computer in question. –  Ramhound Aug 15 '13 at 16:27
    
Is the computer having trouble resolving DNS entries? –  Darth Android Aug 15 '13 at 16:28
    
@Ramhound I judge the hang because as I'm browsing various websites everything stops and I get the loading icon. Sometimes I get the "cannot load webpage" error too and my webmail gives me a "cannot connect right now" during the hangs –  peacemaker Aug 15 '13 at 16:30
    
@DarthAndroid How would I check if this is the case? –  peacemaker Aug 15 '13 at 16:31
    
@peacemaker - I had a similar issue and turned out my hdd was going bad. –  Ramhound Aug 15 '13 at 16:32

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