It appears to be a network problem, and we suspect the Belkin router. Periodically (and this just started today), the sunburst icon and then the little green circle appears over the network access icon on the taskbar, indicating I'm about to lose connection. Then I lose connection, but only for a few seconds, while the no network access yellow triangle with an exclamation mark over it on the network access symbol shows up. When I hover over it while it's happening, it says identifying....no network access. We saw the light out on the router one time when we were checking it during an episode, and we unplugged the router for a little while and plugged it back in, but this didn't help at all. Sometimes it does it when another device on the network is logging in, and sometimes it appears to do so for no reason whatsoever. I scanned with malwarebytes (but the free trial thing is up so I dunno if that did any good) and then a full Avast virus scan and Avast boot scan. All that found was a few corrupted zip files, but I doubt that's relevant. And it's getting rather annoying since I can't game while this is going on.
It isn't a regular set disconnect either. It varied between 5 mins between disconnects, and half an hour, and everything in between.
Just now, I lost the connection and the router's light was red instead of blue. Now it frequently goes red-light. (as of around 12:10 pm PST) and then i have to unplug it for like 30 seconds and plug it back in.
Could it have something to do with the most recent updates to the router's firmware? Or does this mean we should probably get a new router? Or maybe something to do with Mac addresses (since there's both PC and apple devices on teh same network)? It only started after someone backed up their apple based phone on their pc laptop (those two devices are wireless but I'm hardwired in by ethernet to my desktop PC) for the first time ever.
Edited by whyrouterwhy, 06 October 2014 - 02:36 AM.