Extremely slow wireless connection.

Canada
March 8, 2011 11:12am CST
Since yesterday, my wireless connection has been extremely slow. In short, I'm not getting what I'm paying for and I'm not amused by it. I went to my ISP's website yesterday and checked out the community forum. It turns out that the router we use is just a giant paperweight, absolutely useless for the money we rent it for every month. I'm going to be telling my roommate to downgrade to the service we used to have, since my other roommate who caused the virus on my computer is not allowed on it anymore. We don't use as much bandwidth, so there's no point of paying for something we don't use anymore. However, to keep this idiot of my laptop, I've had to move into my bedroom with it, so I can get some privacy and continue to work online. He thinks that I'm still having problems with the virus and wonders what he can do to help. I tell him that I'll get it figured out, and he hasn't clued into the fact that it's working just fine. As long as he doesn't know that, I will be fine. My biggest issue right now is password protecting my laptop, which I'd like to do, but I have a horrible feeling that if I do, for some reason I'll be locked out of my laptop for good. When I went to protect the network on this router, it threw me out when I did that, so I can't protect it. That makes it more vulnerable to viruses and other issues, which I found out the other day. So if by downgrading the service I can protect the system, then maybe I'll allow him to use it again, but I'm still debating that option. The virus I got came through his email, it has been around for a long time I found out, and has infected a huge amount of the computer world. I don't want to deal with this again. If I downgrade the service, it may be a little slower than the 15mbps that we were promised, but don't even get, but at least it will be consistent, unlike right now when it goes from 11mbps all the way down to 1mbps, up to 5.5, down to 2 and up and down like that constantly. The older service with the older router never gave us issues like this one, and if it's only me online, then we wont be reaching any usage caps before the month is over.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
8 Mar 11
I wonder if it would be possible for you to get separate internet service for each roommate. That way, each would have his own modem and his own bandwidth and you wouldn't be infecting each other if one of you downloaded a virus. I don't like password protecting things because there is too much chance of forgetting the password. I don't do it on my laptop because I am the only one that uses it most of the time.
• Canada
8 Mar 11
He doesn't have his own computer, that's the problem. But he seems to be ok with the fact that he can't get online anymore.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
8 Mar 11
If he doesn't have his own computer then he should just go to the public library or something in order to use the internet. There is no reason for him to use your machine.