Networking freezes up my computer

VillaInPompey

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We have a 1.5MB cable connection shared between 4 computers. I have been trying to host a network game of football manager with my housemates, but for some reason whenever I host, my computer freezes intermittently for about 20 seconds. When it finally goes back to normal, I have been disconnected from the game and my internet connection has totally died. I have to restart to fix the problem.

It still happens to me when other people host (although less often)
I've tried putting the NIC in a different PCI slot but its still the same.

My network card is a netgear FA311 and we are using a belkin router.

Anyone have any ideas of how to get around this problem?
 
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