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26 June 2010 @ 08:58 pm
I hate everything  
Mostly though i hate Sony and LinkSys.

When i first got my PS3 i tried hooking it up to my wireless internet. It seemed to work, but the connection speed was crap. Downloading games would frequently take 30 minutes or more. I think Burnout Paradise ended up taking a day or something insane like that. (Actually, here are some posts i made about the problem at the time.)

So i dug up an ethernet cable to plug the PS3 directly into the back of the router, and everything was better. Right up until my PS3 died a couple months ago and i got a new one. The new one absolutely refuses to connect via the cable. Well, not absolutely. It will sometimes connect at a really incredibly painful speed. I tried switching back to wireless, and got only moderately painful speeds. I tried downloading Flower wirelessly. It claimed it would take about 30 minutes for the 628 megs to download, so a rate of about 20 megs a minute or 1/3rd of a meg a second. (If it could maintain that rate it ought to be able to download the Burnout Paradise install in "only" 3 hours, unlike the multiple days it claimed before.) When i tried doing the wired connection, on the one time where it didn't totally fail to connect at all, the estimate for downloading the same 628 meg file kept jumping between about 10,000 minutes and 30,000 minutes.

I've been searching around on the net and found a lot of people having issues with my model of router (LinkSys BEFW11S4 V2) but just about all of them seem to be having trouble with the wireless connection, not the wired. Still, i decided to try some of the solutions. Unfortunately i'd forgotten what the password to my router was so i had to reset it to the factory defaults, and figuring out how to get just the regular internet working again probably took about 30 minutes. Then i spent an hour or so fiddling with various setting according to various suggestions people had suggested on the internet. So far nothing seems to have made any significant difference whatsoever.

So the issue with the wireless signal is consistent between both the old and new PS3, but only the new PS3 can't get a good wired connection. So is the new PS3 broken somehow? Or is there just some change to the firmware or something that has aggravated the incompatibilites with the already flaky router? I could just go out and get a new router. This one is almost ten years old by this point. And the Wii has issues with it as well, and doesn't even have the option of using a wired connection.

I don't suppose anyone can suggest a newer model of wireless router that has wired out ports as well (i'd think that would be standard, but i don't know that for a fact) and is known to play happily with the PS3 and/or the Wii?
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on June 27th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
It sounds to me just like a flaky ethernet port on either the router or the PS3. Can you try plugging that particular port of the router into a known working computer port and see if it gets a good connection speed? That'd at least tell you whether a new router would fix that part of the problem.

We're currently using an AirPort for wireless (probably not exactly ideal for you, and doesn't have wired ports either), so I can't really help with suggestions.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 28th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Well it's the exact same cable as the old PS3 was using and plugged into the exact same port on the router, so unless something really strange happened if anything is physically busted it's probably the PS3 =P
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on June 28th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
It'd be awfully coincidental, yeah, but it'd also be far from the first time I've seen a cheap router spontaneously develop hard-to-diagnose hardware failures.
DonAithnendonaithnen on June 28th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Well a little while later last night i tried swapping the router ports for my computer and the PS3. My computer seemed to continue accessing the internet at full capacity. The PS3 failed to connect to the internet a couple times, then connected with a d/l speed of about 800 kbps (about 1/2-1/3rd the speed of the already slow wireless connection.)

So it's definitely not the router port. Next thing to try i suppose is swapping back in the old PS3 temporarily to see if can connect fine using the same cable. But is there any kind of normal hardware problem that wouldn't prevent the PS3 from connecting but would limit it to a fraction of the speed it should be getting?
Kirinkirinn on June 28th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I guess it may just be the ethernet port in the PS3 dying. I did have a router go that way... still could make connections, but got miserable speed (in my case it was more like 1/10 normal). My best guess would be something in the hardware had gotten extremely noisy, and thus is was just losing and re-requesting like 90% of the packets going through it. Sucks if it is in fact the port hardware in your PS3 doing that, since I dunno if it's remotely possible/practical to replace. Is the new PS3 under warranty?