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Packet loss over home network - two routers

Discussion in 'Networking' started by AlexEllis, Aug 9, 2010.

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  1. AlexEllis

    AlexEllis Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I am experiencing packet loss over my home network in the following configuration:

    I have two wireless routers:
    1) D-Link 615 connected to a cable modem via WAN port.192.168.0.1
    2) Belkin Wireless N router with "Act as access point enabled" 192.168.0.254

    A wireless laptop connects to either access point or a PC connects directly into router 2 or into router 2 via a switch plugged into one of the ports on router 2.

    A 25 meter cable runs between the two routers on a LAN port.

    When the cable is connected I experience some packet loss when pinging youtube.com and a slowing down when accessing secure http sites from either router. Youtube.com malfunctions when playing videos -- but most other web usage appears to work. If I disconnect the uplink cable, then I have none of the above symptoms.

    I'm currently using a patch cable to link the routers.
    Update: I have just borrowed a brand-new 10 meter cross-over cable and I'm getting the same packet loss with that as the uplink cable in at least two scenarios:

    150 pings to youtube.com via a PC plugged directly into router 2 gives 0% packet loss.

    A wireless client connected to either access point gives Lost = 9 (6% loss).

    Then a PC plugged into the switch which is also plugged into router 2 router gives Lost = 12 (8% loss)



    What I'm doing seems to be quite common and I've read of successful setups on this forum.

    Please could someone advise?
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Check the wiring of the cable, it would be my top suspect.
     
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