I have a PC connected to internet via ethernet, and 2 WiFi laptops.
The connection on all 3 is somewhat unstable, but is definitely worse on the laptops, especially in the evenings. The main message IE cannot display the webpage keeps coming up and it is so annoying. It's causing a terrible Skype connection amongst other things. Both laptops are Vista but the main PC with ethernet is XP.
My main concern are the laptops. Is there anything I can do to try and get a more reliable connection?
Yes I've tried phoning Orange, they say they can't see anything wrong with the signal so the problem must be to do with the computers! They're not much help TBH.
Another thought is that we have an unstable electrical connection (until Weds), the power keeps surging up and down, we can see lights brighten and then dim and this goes on all the time. Could this have anything to do with the internet strength?
"we have an unstable electrical connection (until Weds), the power keeps surging up and down"
I hope you're using a surge protector, else you could blow your computer. I don't know how good or bad is in France, but over here I have migrated quite a few local users away from them because of unstable and inadequate connections. The Lengthening of the phone line and the power problems you're having at the moment doesn't bode well for your connections stability, it should all be checked out by professionals.
Just had a thought, any recommendations on surge protectors please? I thought the one I had was a surge protector, but in fact each time the electricity suddenly cuts off so does the PC which isn't WiFi. I have already had problems with the hard drive I believe, because of this electrical problem.
If you are connecting all 3 via a router,it could be that the signal strength is not high enough to feed all computers at the same time. This info may help. click here or maybe this click here or you may find something on this page to help. click here Terry