Do laptop network connections fail over time?
May 11, 2012 6:23 AM Subscribe
Do laptop network connections fail over time? WIFI and Ethernet cards? If so, is it time to replace my current computer?
posted by Che boludo! to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have Dell Latitude D630 laptop. I’m estimating it to be about 4 years old. I’m having various problems with internet connectivity lately. I apologize if my description of the problems are not clear and a bit vague, but this is part of the problem. The symptoms are not very consistent.
To connect direct through Ethernet my computer is using Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller.
For WI-FI Intel(R) Wireless Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN
Here is what’s happening.
The problem first started when I was staying in a hostel in Spain. The WI-FI would connect and I could surf the internet for a few minutes before I got the “problem loading page” message. Sometimes after getting the “problem loading page” message, the wireless network connection would show it was still connected and sometimes I would get the “limited or no connectivity message”
At my apartment, sometimes I simply cannot connect over the WI-FI. Sometimes when I do the connection will last an hour or two and then I would lose the connection. Sometimes when I have bit torrent open, the torrents will continue to download but webpages won’t load. Sometimes everything stops.
Usually the next step is to connect directly into the router. Sometimes I have the same problems described above.
In addition, I connect get a steady connection in my room, a mere 25 feet away from the router.
On the other hand, I have found that at my local Starbucks and another local coffee shop that I never have these problems.
Is it possible that the laptop is failing? The WI-FI and Ethernet controllers are two different components. It is improbable that both would fail at the same time. IS the problem software related? Virus (I run MacAfee and Malware bytes frequently. I use sandboxie always when online or downloading through bit torrent.)
Is it time to replace the laptop?
Let me know if anybody has any ideas and thanks in advance.