I’ve been fighting a real battle the last two weeks to get and hold a stable internet connection. I thought at first it was the cable connection, but that doesn’t seem to be the problem.

With university starting and all new neighbors, I think that my wide open wireless router has been getting several customers, so this week I’ve secured the wireless connection; filtering access to only those MAC addresses of the three computers in the household. Still, my router has been dropping the wireless connection about every one to two hours.

I’ve updated the firmware, and this afternoon the connection seems to actually be holding. I’m also running a ping to the router, in hopes that this will help maintain the connection. But there is one entry in the DHCP table for the router that doesn’t make sense–to a computer named Chris.

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