I have a habit of browsing in Firefox with many open tabs at any time. Lately - and with increasing frequency - when I open the browser, many of the tabs will not load. Constantly hitting refresh will, after reporting eventually load them. Then, intermittently, any particular tab will be unable to follow a link - I get a 404 not found message. Reloading *repeatedly* will, again, eventually fetch the page, but the dead moments seem to be getting longer and longer. (No tabs will actually open links at these times - any link gets a 404 message.)
A few months ago, I made the leap to a wireless home network and bought my first router. The router I am using is the cheapest one I could find, a Belkin MyEssentials Wireless G Router
. The desktop computer that is having the issues is actually attached by wire. My netbook and Palm Pilot connect wirelessly without trouble, and I haven't had the same problem with them - but I browse MUCH less often on either of those. I never had this problem before I got the router - but I also didn't have it for four or five months AFTER I got it too.
Should I go ahead and try a better router? I've never understood the differences in function between cheap routers and more expensive models, and the price range is considerable.
Or should my suspicions focus more on my DSL modem? Or my ISP itself? Or a virus? Or...
Sigh. I want this problem to go away. I'm not real resistant to frustration, and my cat is getting tired of being hollered at for no good reason.