Thanks for the reply and sorry for my extremely delayed response! I was home for the holidays with family (and away from this computer) so I haven't had a chance to monitor the issue.
Right before I left for the holidays I purchased
TP-LINK TL-ANT2408C, Indoor 8dBi Omni Directional Antenna
(Upgraded the tiny default antenna to this)
I know get full signal strength on my desktop PC that was dropping the connection (as described in my original post above) but the connection still drops. I used to not receive full signal strength so I was hoping this would resolve the issue, but it did not fix it.
- Connection drops whenever I try and do something on my browser (a page will be loading and it will take an abnormal amount of time, it will load up the default 'page cannot be displayed' in Chrome, and then I will see the wireless icon grey out)
- Immediately after the connection drops, it will reconnect within a split second
and I can go about my browsing.
- I have a Macbook Pro running on wireless right beside my desktop that does NOT drop connection when my desktop does, so the issue appears to be isolated to this computer.
Any one else have any other ideas? Could it be an issue with my Network card? Should I get a new one? (It would be nice if it was just a software issue I could go about fixing though)