Originally Posted by hellrazor
There are a few
threads on the subject, this
is one of my favorites.
I'm getting the distinct feeling that you're mixing terminology.
Latency: time between sending and receiving signals
Ping: measure of time between sending and receiving computer signals
So, on wireless you can ping another device, and measure the latency between those devices. A ping time that is higher means more delay, and dropped packets means a poor signal.
So, I'm going to extrapolate here:
You have a high latency on the neighbor's wifi. This is reasonable, considering both distance and signal strength. This latency will make browsing the internet slow.
If you've got a bunch of background programs that want to access the internet, they will consume resources until they've completed contact. A high latency internet connection will cause these programs to access data slowly, which will slow down windows because resources are not being freed up.
My advice still stands. Kill auto-updaters, so that the computer doesn't spend too many resources there. As you're leeching off the neighbor's wifi, you don't have room to complain there. The router from your telecom needs a good hard reboot.