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Online gaming cuts out my internet connection

Discussion in 'Games' started by Kamanda, Jan 20, 2006.

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  1. Kamanda

    Kamanda Thread Starter

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    Hi guys, I just want to thank you in advance for any help you can give.

    Right now I'm running a PC which has:
    P4 processor at 2.66Ghz
    512MBRAM
    128 Nvidia Graphics card...but most importantly:

    Cable broadband internet (isp=cogeco) and I have an RCA digital broadband modem.

    Now the modem has 5 lights:
    message / cable activity / cable link / PC link / Internet

    note: the message button never comes on.

    When the internet is ON all the lights come on (minus message) with the cable activity and PC lin one flickering and everything runs fine. When it is OFF only cable and PC link stay on wit hthe PC one flickering. NOW heres my problem:

    Whenever doing online gaming, after 20min or so all the lights go off except for the internet one, then they all start flashing (including message) then the internet one flashes, then internet and PC link etc and then a couple seconds later BAM its all good. Not I checked the manual and it seems the modem is like "reseting" itself, whats the hell can be causeing this so I can play online for more than 20min at a time!
     
  2. MrGlim

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    Do you know what your signal strength there is? If not, check with your ISP and have them take a reading. Low signal strength can cut your bandwidth drastically... meaning your online game will eventually cause the modem to choke and have to reset itself. Often the cable company has to come replace a section of bad cable(degraded from lightning strikes, kinks, chafing, etc) that is gimping your connection... or it may be as simple as swapping in a bandwidth amplifier from radio shack on the coax line.

    If your signal strength is strong, your cable modem may be at the end of its life. If you have a friend with a cable modem handy, you could borrow it and plug it up to see how it runs... but before testing you have to call your ISP tech desk and tell them the MAC address and, I believe, the serial number of the modem(usually on the back of the cable modem near the connectors).

    As a side note, different cable modems have different signal strength requirements to maintain a decent connection. Another modem may work even if your signal strength is a little weak for your current modem. So I'd have the signal strength checked either way.

    I don't know about RCA, but Motorola cable modems have pretty good signal strength requirements.

    Hope that helps.
     
  3. Kamanda

    Kamanda Thread Starter

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    Awsome, I'll check the signal strength.
     
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