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Internet Connection

Have a Dell laptop running Windows 8.

Everything's peachy-keen or so it seems. Everything was fine with my home network/internet and laptop. Fire up a browser and hit up any website. No problems. Then, not so much.

No idea what has changed but now whenever I try to get on a site, it's spin-spin-spin-spinning for what seems like forever but at some point I get to where I wanna go.

The funny part is that if I'm anywhere else, as in not my home network, there're no problems. Websites practically throw themselves at me. Fast.

All other devices and computers connected to my home network have no problems getting to where they need to go - except the laptop!

Thoughts on what the hell's happening?

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Time to Do A Couple Of Things...

First, visit your computer manufacturer's website and download, then install the latest wireless adapter driver. If your home network has a current WPA2 security requirement for connection and your computer doesn't, it will have issues. The other locations may be supported by your computer's driver and the home network isn't.

If that doesn't help, then cause the wireless network adapter to "forget" the home network and password, then restart the computer and reconnect to the network.

And if that doesn't get it done, here, we purchase and inexpensive USB wireless dongle and use that for connections instead of the on-board wireless adapter.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Couple Of Things, eh?

Hey, thanks for replying!

As I've before-said, it's so strange. At first, the computer reached a site on my home network in no time. Pull up a browser, hit up an address, and a couple of seconds later - you're on it! Same said for taking the computer elsewhere using other wi-fi networks, no problems. Nice and fast! Then, all-of-the sudden, it's taking forever to get to a website on my home network but everything is still nice and fast on outside networks. So...logic suggests, the wireless adapter can't possible by the problem. Can it?!

On your first option, I'll check into Dell's website for the latest drivers, but I'm pretty sure the computer does a self-diagnostic and calls home from time to time to get the latest goodness.

Tried your second option and it's a no-go. Still just a spinnin' way too long to reach a site. Just opened three tabs in Chrome and it took almost four solid minutes for each site to come up. It's maddening! Curiously though, it almost seems as though once a few initial sites manage to crawl through, the rest seem to pop right up in no time. What gives?!?!

In regards to your third option, I really can't imagine anything being wrong with the wireless adapter in the computer. It's barely two years old! Although anything's possible.

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