Originally Posted by Hotobu
So my downstairs neighbor who pays for internet lets me leech off of his connection. He's totally cool with it as he offered me the opportunity. It works fine except for when I try to use torrents. Within a short (variable) time after starting up microtorrent the connection just "dries up." It's like someone just pulls the plug. I can't do anything to re-establish the connection except for restarting my laptop. What can I do to correct this?
It sounds like your torrenting is causing the router to hard lock. Depending on how much HP his router has (CPU,RAM) you might simply be overloading it with the traffic. utorrent and most P2P apps open a lot of concurrent connections. When I use Utorrent I ususally have 100+ connections open simultaneously.
You can try all the basics such as making sure WPA2 AES is the encryption method being used, making sure he has the latest firmware on his router, or a router replacement might be in order.