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Old 03-20-2008, 06:51 PM   #1
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Why does youtube appear to drop my wireless connection?

Hi there, I am new to Linux (on my home machines at least) and so far the transition has gone very well indeed. However I am having a rather annoying and seemingly "silly" problem with my wireless connection. The connection works flawlessly, except when I try to visit youtube. When visiting youtube the connection drops out completely and the only way to get it back is to remove my USB wireless stick and re-insert it. This makes no sense to me whatsoever, I can stream videos from other websites and download large files without any problems so whats wrong? I am using Ubuntu 7.10 and have a D-Link DWL-G122 Wireless G USB Adapter. I have searched both the internet and linuxquestions for a solution but as yet have been unable to find anyone sharing my problem, let alone a solution.

Any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance, Luke.
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are you on an internet connection from your home or are you connected to some larger network. Maybe you are experiencing some issues from QoS (quality of service) prioritizing.
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Please describe all the details of your internet connection--eg cable, DSL, router--yes/no, DHCP or static IP, etc.

When you first notice a problem, immediately open a terminal and enter "ping". If you get no reply, and you have a router, try pinging the router at

I'm having trouble understanding how a web site could cause a wireless connection to drop out. But then, there is an ever-increasing backlog of things I don't understand...
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This can be due to a combination of a Router and a certain kind of web traffic. I've seen this sometimes in combination with Microsoft MSN and some WhoIsWho-style high traffic sites. It is known that certain ADSL modem and Router combinations can have redial problems, in some way this is maybe influenced by certain web traffic from certain websites.

This is a bit of Voodoo magic, I never really found out the real cause. ISP's sometimes suggest to change the router or connect to the ADSL modem directly if Internet is only needed on a single PC (unlikely in a family environment).

I never saw this problem with Vigor Routers, though. Maybe that explains why they are so expensive.


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Old 03-21-2008, 06:06 AM   #5
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Thank you all for your prompt replies,

My setup is as follows:

I am running a Belkin router which is connected to a DSL internet connection via a D-Link modem. This setup serves 5 machines (4 of which are windows) and allocates IP addresses via DHCP with unlimited lease times.
This is a standalone setup (i.e. it is not part of a larger network). The problem first occurs when I attempt to visit youtube, however the interesting thing is the page partially loads, however after the page has loaded a few images my wireless connection completely bottoms out. All attempts to ping remote servers ( and my local router fail. The connection has completely gone. After this I must remove my USB stick and reinsert it to regain my wireless connection (which works perfectly as long as I stay clear of youtube). I to am having trouble understanding how a website can have such drastic effects on a wireless connection, but for now at least, that appears to be the case. I do not think it a problem with my router as all other machines in the house can connect and stream from youtube without any problems (even simultaneously). Simplicissimus, I am also concerned that this is a case of voodoo magic as it is a very strange problem indeed. I just cannot see how or why this is happening .

Thanks again,

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I'm in way over my head....all I can offer at this point is generic.

I heard that this could be a router issue, whereas the original question is stated as a wireless issue. The first thing to do might be to connect that same computer to the router with a wired connection---see if the problem stays with the computer or the wireless. The next thing popping into my head is cookies.

I ran a quick test:
HP Laptop
Slackware 12
Intel iwl4965 wireless
Westell dsl modem/router

Connects with You tube and displays videos with no problem.
Yes, You tube puts cookies on the computer.
Cleared all cookies, disabled cookies: You tube still works fine.

There is hope.......
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Ok progress...

But firstly thankyou pixellany for your idea reagarding cookies and the time you have taken to run those tests. Unfortunatley when I repeated your experiment it did not solve my problem. I also tried, Installing no script on firefox and blocking all youtube scripts, changing more router settings than I care to remember and even reinstallin Ubuntu! But none of these approches worked. I then installed the browser Evolution (as opposed to my browser of choice firefox) and used that to try and view youtube, and to my suprise it worked! Youtube loaded completely and I could stream videos to my hearts content, no dead wireless! So this leads me to beleive that the culprit in all of this is firefox. I am still no closer to resolving the issue, but at least now I know where to concentrate my efforts. Ideas anyone?

As always any insight is greatly appreciated,



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