I went to cmd and typed in "ping -t 192.168.1.1"
and then it started pinging my router.
it showed this line.. one second at a time
"reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=<1ms TTL=64
occasionaly it would have a request timed out line (every 5-15 lines)
You're right kmote - the thing I noticed was that EXACTLY every 60 lines ... the time would jump from <1ms to around 600-1500 ms.. just for the one line.
I'm guessing this is the spike problem that is ****ing me off.
Based off google searches, I think problem is because of the incompatibility of the ralink rt2561 chipset for my adapter with Windows Vista 64-bit. It's actually a common problem.. called something like the vista 60 second lag spikes (1-3 second lag spikes every 60 seconds.
I say this because I have two other laptops. My laptop has XP. I tried this same cmd command on there... no major spikes...my dad's laptop is Windows Vista 64 bit (only difference is that his is home edition, the PC i just built has business edition) and that did not have any spikes as well.
So that means the only variable that remains is the adapter.. and based off google searches I think it's because it is incompatible with Vista 64-bit (I guess the laptop adapter is not the same chipset).
My friend has this router: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833166020
He has the same problem.. however, after downloading one of the ralink drivers from these forums:
He was able to fix the spikes. He downloaded and installed the driver, and then ran a program called WLAN Optimizer.
WLAN Optimizer .NET
^ That is a fix for my exact problem.
However, I could not manage to install the rlink drivers. It kept saying unsuccessful or whatever when I clicked browse and specified the driver. It worked for him though, and he suggested that I get the same adapter as him.
What do you think?