Belkin N+ router random drops in connection
I apologise in advance for the around the world story but I'm not sure how to explain this problem without being specific...
We've had a Belkin N+ router since September 2009 now, and up until 5-6 months ago there was no issues, we have three computers in the household using the router, the main computer on the top floor which is connected directly to the router, a computer on the middle floor (which is what I'm using) and a laptop on the bottom floor, both are using belkin wireless adapters
The other two computers really only get used for browsing and what not, where as I frequently have several programs going that are using the internet (online games, skype, browser). Up until recently I thought it was actually just skype that was having some issue, for months now when I have been talking to friends, I get random disconnects from skype then instantly reconnect after, and during this time I wouldn't actually be disconnecting from the online game (apparently they can't hear me for around 10 seconds on skype before I disconnect, where as I can still hear them)
However just a few days ago while browsing and also on skype with a friend, my browser hung for around 10-15 seconds and sure enough my skype call disconnected and reconnected as usual just after. So I figured then it was a problem with my entire connection, not just with skype (still doesn't explain why I wasn't disconnecting from the game, but there is obviously some sort of drop in speed or something :/ )
This is completely random, sometimes it can not happen for a few hours, other times, it can go off 3-4 times in a row and up to 15 times in an hour if its bad. On top of this though, for about the same length of time now (several months) sometimes I completely lose connection to the internet and until I reboot the router it just won't come back at all, this is random too, but happens on average at least once a week...im not really clued up much on internet connections so I didn't know if this definitely meant it was the router, or if it could also be a problem with my ISP
if it is a router problem however, is there any way to fix this? or does it just sound like the router has gone iffy and I should consider replacing it?
many thanks in advance