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Internet suddenly became slow (months ago)

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A few months ago (I'm THAT lazy :laugh:), my internet on my PC suddenly became fairly slow (gaming would be a nightmare)-eg. Youtube vids used to load fast, and now they usually must be left for a minimum of 5 mins (for a shorter, non-HQ vid) before playable-which I can't see being caused by anything-seeing as I don't recall doing anything around the time it started. Another thing, is that the signal strength has remained roughly the same.

Anyway, as far as details:

  • ISP: Comcast
  • Router: F5D8236-4v1
  • PC's wireless reciever: Ralink RT61 MIMO card (At least that's what device manager says-the box says LevelOne, and Ralink I beleive too-I don't know if that changes anything)
  • OS: Currently Win7 Ultimate 32bit-problem started on Vista Home Premium 32bit
  • Firmware: As far as I can tell, all FW is up to date, and I don't beleive there were any updates around the problem starting (except maybe windows)

If theres anything else, please just ask.
Thanks in advance
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Some things you can try here, listed in the order you should try them.

  1. For wireless connections, remove all the stored wireless profiles and search for networks. You'll have to enter the encryption key again, which is sometimes the issue for connection problems.
  2. For wireless connections, change the channel on the router, I like channels 1, 6, and 11 in the US.
  3. For wireless connections, try moving either the wireless router/AP or the wireless computer. Even a couple of feet will sometimes make a big difference.
  4. Update the network drivers (wired and wireless) on your computer to the latest available.
  5. Update the firmware to the latest version available on the manufacturer's site.
  6. Reset the router to factory defaults and reconfigure.

Many times these measures will resolve a lot of intermittent issues.
Have you tried a different computer? You need to narrow this down to the computer or the router.
Try moving the computer near the router for a test and connect with a wired connection. See if that solves the issue. If not, it's probably something on the computer and now really the wireless connection.
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