Help a Router-Stupid Person
My internet's running agonizingly slow, again. I have a router, but I don't really speak its language beyond the basics.
I went for a time with the router unsecured. I know that's dumb, so there is no need to tell me that. During that time, hooked up to it almost always were me, Natalie, and the Wii. At 9:00 PM every night, the internet would slow down horribly. Netflix Wii movies were impossible to watch, nothing loaded, etc. I was advised that someone was probably riding our network and that I should protect it. I secured it and BAM, fast internet again. The 9:00 problem was no more. Some douche was logging on every night and stealing my nets, but not anymore.
This period of fast internet only saw my computer and the Wii hooked up though. Natalie's computer kicked the bucket a while ago. Today, she finally got a new one and is breaking it in as I type. She had been hooked up to our network for about 20 minutes when the Wii Netflix suddenly had to buffer forever. My internet slowed down drastically as well. Our network is still protected, but it suddenly sucks again. What is happening?
I have a Linksys wireless G 24 GHz router, and all three of us are hooked up wirelessly. I am protected with a WEP, which I hear is not as secure, but it's the only way I can wifi with my DS, which I do often. I'm aware that this could be just our cable company sucking for the night, but the fact that it happened so soon after Natalie's computer hooked up has me a little worried. Plus, I am so bad with figuring out router problems. I had trouble even securing this one. :[ Can anyone advise me?