I'm having a weird slow internet issue from time to time. I'm not sure if it's the problem with my wireless router or ISP or what's going on. Here's the symptoms:
From time to time, my internet connection becomes very very slow. I turn off the router(wireless cisco Linksys ea4500) and the DSL modem (as in unplug every cord, wait 15 minutes, plug back in). That does not solve the problem. The internet will just stay super slow until I do the following: I disconnect the network cable going from the modem from the router and plug it into my laptop. This causes my ISP to ask me for my username and password agin (because a different piece of hardware has been plugged in). This changes my IP address (I think that's the key here). Once the IP address is changed I can then plug the network cable back into the wireless router (it often asks me to re-authenticate again switching the IP address again). After this the internet (wireless and all) works at acceptable speeds for about 3 weeks to a month. Then I have to do the whole dance over again. I also do "netsh i i r r" that my ISP's customer service told me to do. I don't know if that makes a difference or if it's just connecting to a new device and switching IP that does it.
I know that the usual advice is to not do wireless or router and see if the problem happens on wired internet. But my house is not wired for network. Since the problem takes about 3 weeks to a month to arise after I plug something new in, I can't really be tripping over wires and stuff for a month. I don't want to buy another router if the problem is most likely not the router. I mean just restarting the router doesn't fix anything.
Do you think it's a router problem or no?
(sorry if it's a n00bish question. As you can see, I don't know anything about networking. I did some internet searches and they all say to see if the problem persists with wired network. But since the problem does not appear again until 3-4 weeks after you plug the internet into something new, that would be difficult to do.)
As far as how slow it is during the bad times, yesterday when I did the speed test it was 0.13mbps download speed. During the fast times it's about 5.something download speed.
EDIT: here's the traceroute:
C:\Users\myuser>tracert www.superuser.com Tracing route to superuser.com [188.8.131.52] over a maximum of 30 hops: 1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms Astral-Net [192.168.1.1] 2 * * * Request timed out. 3 45 ms 44 ms 47 ms 184.108.40.206.sta.southslope.net [108.160.233. 161] 4 75 ms 62 ms 50 ms ins-kb3-et-0-6-0-0.kmrr.netins.net [220.127.116.11 8] 5 91 ms 77 ms 258 ms ins-kc1-et-9-3.kmrr.netins.net [18.104.22.168] 6 58 ms 57 ms 57 ms sl-crs2-chi-lc1-.sprintlink.net [22.214.171.124] 7 57 ms 58 ms 57 ms 126.96.36.199 8 61 ms 61 ms 61 ms 188.8.131.52 9 76 ms 98 ms 75 ms 0.so-1-0-1.XT1.NYC4.ALTER.NET [184.108.40.206] 10 97 ms 86 ms 87 ms GigabitEthernet6-0-0.GW18.NYC4.ALTER.NET [152.63 .22.225] 11 77 ms 75 ms 76 ms internap-gw.customer.alter.net [220.127.116.11] 12 77 ms 74 ms 76 ms border1.po1-20g-bbnet1.nym008.pnap.net [216.52.9 5.1] 13 91 ms 129 ms 74 ms stackexchange-1.border1.nym008.pnap.net [74.201. 252.22] 14 96 ms 75 ms 127 ms stackoverflow.com [18.104.22.168]