Ground Control to Major Tom, Your Circuit's Dead, There's Something Wrong
April 9, 2006 11:12 AM Subscribe
I receive a weak wireless signal in my dorm room. With this connection I can use AIM, send and receive e-mail, and upload and download from my FTP site, but I can never view web pages - everything always times out. Am I missing some solution that will let me get on the web? I'm using WinXP.
posted by ludwig_van to computers & internet (17 answers total)
Technically my hall has no internet access, but I realized soon after I got here that I can usually pick up a weak signal from another nearby hall. I had been assuming that I couldn't use the web since the signal wasn't strong enough. However, pinging google.com takes an average of 25ms, and last week I found that I was able to download a file hosted on the web at around 130 kb/sec. And yet I still can't view any web pages. Why would this be? What am I missing here? I'm computer savvy, but I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to network stuff.