Your comment about routers not changing or not requiring firmware updates was off target.
This fact has already panned out on multiple occasions. Probably best not to put down the advice of others in the first place, especially when you aren't very sure.
In this case I believe the outdated ISP modem/router may be part of the problem, as I've seen many problems with these in the past.
Good luck Kasjiiik. I hope you get your problems sorted.
chev65, good luck in your endeavors...
... ignoring the feud...
Okay, so I've just updated the driver. Didn't help. Tried downloading java so I could run ICSI Netalyzr but it's going to take me 8 hours. Plugged in ethernet and it downloaded in a blink.
Results: ICSI Netalyzr ? Results
After changing my DNS to google's DNS: ICSI Netalyzr ? Results
On a different laptop, same network: ICSI Netalyzr ? Results (for comparison)
Note that I ran this during a time that there were no apparent problems. Ironically enough, when I'm having extremely slow wifi again, it's impossible to load the page...
Haven't been able to contact the ISP yet, since it's a sunday.
I will try to find a different router somewhere and see if I can connect. That might take some time though. In the meantime, any suggestions are welcome.
Just to clarify a few things:
- I did not upgrade to windows 8, it was already installed. I only updated to 8.1 *after* having this issue.
- This is the only device on the network running windows 8. The other computers are running windows 7 and windows XP.
- The router is a B-Box 2, which I think is based on a Sagem F@st 3464 but with custom firmware to support their own flavour of digital TV.
The 3 Netalyzr checks indicate that there is little wrong at all with the WiFi from the point of view of the different laptop, but something wrong regarding the Windows 8 machine. I don't think that you need to worry about ISP or the Router.
So it is either the Toshiba or the Windows 8 installation. It could be as simple as a loose internal connection - which would require opening up the case, and reseating the module and antenna connections. I've seen laptops with single antenna connections, which improve greatly when a second antenna is fitted. It could be a defective wireless adapter module.
In any case it should be under warranty, and Toshiba are pretty good regarding repairs, especially if you are near a service centre. If brand new, I would reject the laptop as faulty, and demand a replacement from the supplier.
I don't know if you could run a live CD of a Linux distro to see if the hardware on the Toshiba has a problem, or if it is solely the Windows 8/8.1 wireless networking that is broken. If the wireless hardware proves OK, but the Windows problem persists then the next step is either reinstall Windows or to attempt repair:
The usual routine is to perform a disk cleanup, run SFC /scannow, to run Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth. Failing that a system Reset.
I returned the laptop to the shop and they've streamed for 2 days without any problems. So yeah, lost 1 week without making any progress because it's still not working at home.
I can't seem to run linux because I think it's on some kind of fast booting, and it goes straight to windows in mere seconds. I can't even access the bios to enable booting from cd or usb.
I'll try a different wifi access point tomorrow and contact my ISP. Until then, I'm afraid I can't make any progress. It's really starting to get on my nerves though. If this turns out to be a router problem after all it might be the last drop needed to screw Belgacom to oblivion.
The test with the other network basically proves that it's a router problem. These ISP issued modem/routers are not very good at all and often times you can't even update the firmware without jumping through ISP hoops. You would be much better off with a regular modem and router instead of using a combo unit but maybe this one can be made to work.
You could even purchase another router and plug it into a LAN port on the BBox, disable DHCP on the secondary router and then use the wireless on the secondary router.
As for the slow wireless problem, WPA2 personal and try using AES encryption and not TKIP which is outdated, in fact the drivers for Windows 8 won't even work with TKIP as it's before the final 802.11n draft.
Okay, so the isp gave me a replacement router (different model) and now everything works. They had never heard of the problem before...
I still don't know what caused the problem, but as long as things work I'm fine I guess. Thanks for the help though.