Alliteration not intentional.
- The Basic Problem
Every so often, I stop having proper internet access, despite the connection still being functional.
Web pages stick on "waiting for x" or "transferring data from x" forever, games won't make a connection, skype logs out, etc.
This condition can last hours and either suddenly be fixed, or slowly get better.
There doesn't seem to be a specific pattern, and this only happens to this desktop as far as I can tell, other wireless devices can still function properly.
During this time I have the same difficulty accessing the router's web interface from the desktop as well, evidence that it's not a net/ISP issue.
- Strange Symptoms
Pinging through the command prompt still works for the duration of the problem. I can ping a domain, an ipv4 IP, -4, -6, -t (to a log), the works.
This is part of why this issue is so strange, the connection itself appears to work, but most forms of useful communication do not.
If I have an active Skype call running, the problem will usually not present itself. However sometimes upon ending the call, the problem will suddenly happen.
Literally today I was on an MMO with a friend while Skyping. We were playing for a while, while also browsing heavy pages and sharing links in the background.
However the moment we hung up, all movement in the game on my end stopped and web pages ceased loading, and the problem did not vanish for a while.
Purposely initiating a skype call to stop the issue (once it appears) doesn't work, because Skype doesn't work properly while the issue is already happening.
Maxing out CPU usage (say, via crappily-made games that have no framerate cap) seems to have a detrimental effect on connectivity as well, giving some
of the same symptoms... however when the issue is happening "naturally", CPU usage can be as low as reasonably attainable but fix nothing.
I know the last two things are strange descriptions, but I'm really at a loss to find any sort of pattern or cause, and those two have happened multiple times.
- The Machine
Windows 10 Home
OS Build 10586.218
Clean install of 10 from USB using Microsoft's Media Creation Toolkit.
Home built machine, can grab more part info on demand if needed.
- Troubleshooting Attempts So Far
- A different wireless device. I have tried two PCI-E x1 cards and the current USB (3.0 in a 3.0 slot) device with the same symptoms. Currently-used device being the USB one for ease of "reseating". Have tried both front and back USB 3.0 ports.
- A wired connection. Unfortunately this is just not possible due to pesky things like the laws of physics.
- Restarting the computer doesn't seem to do much of anything.
- Wiping the partition and installing Windows again from official media, still happening.
- Disabling and re-enabling the wireless device from the device manager or network/sharing center doesn't fix it.
- Various router troubleshooting steps just in case like factory resets, channel changes, and firmware upgrades (not possible, ISP-issued gateway with "automatic" updates).