When I’ve posted tech issues here, some folks have been very helpful in giving me some good tips to resolve them. So I’m trying again. I’ve previously written about how insane my home internet set-up is. Some nights things are worse than others and tonight is one of those nights.
Very often, that little symbol in the task bar that shows the state of my internet connectivity has a little yellow warning sign that means “none.” What’s weird about this is that I can get to the TP-Link TL-MR3420 router through my browser. And when checking on the status, it says it’s connected to the Internet. I go downstairs and outside and all the lights that should be on and green are on and green. And the light is a steady blue on the USB 4G modem.
Bringing up a command window and trying ipconfig /release and /renew and all that has no effect. Sometimes I need to reboot the router and things are okay. Other times, even after rebooting the router, things are still not okay but they get fixed by rebooting my PC.
I’m thinking that there must be some alternate settings for the router, or some other commands I could enter into a command window, or some utility program I could get that would give me more control here and save me from time wasted on rebooting my PC and 5 devices every time I run into a problem? Any suggestions? (I’ve got Auslogics Boost Speed program and it looks at my registry and at my internet settings but it’s not coming up with anything.)
Also tonight my Internet is insanely slow. Speedtest is showing a download speed of 0.47 Mbps, whereas often I’ll get speeds of 15 Mbps or greater. Testing against a Hong Kong server, ping is reasonable at 71 ms but I’d get better download speeds with two Dixie cups and a thread. My upload speed is actually faster than my download speed!
Sometimes I assume it’s because Smartone is throttling me because I’ve hit my 5 gig limit, but it’s after midnight, almost everyone in my village except me is asleep (and my dipshit can’t-sing-to-save-her-life upstairs neighbor, who always belts out a couple of songs after midnight before going to bed), things should be quicker than this, shouldn’t they? Sometimes this is solved by yet another PC reboot, tonight so far not.
Or is the answer that I need to replace my TP-Link router with something else? A lot of dealers I talk to like to disparage TP-Link, saying it’s China-made and that Taiwan-made stuff like D-Link would be better. I don’t want to go out and spend a thousand bucks on a new router based on speculation or the word of dealers who may simply be looking to make a sale.
Oh, and on a slightly related subject, has anyone ever bought a USB 3.0 hub that works? I’ve tried a couple of ’em and they always seem to die after a short period, even when I buy a “name” one like Lacie.