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are my usb ports going bad?

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New Member
Dec 15, 2016
hello, I have noticed than with 2 different wireless adapters, i keep having to switch usb ports in order to keep a good signal. it will start out excellent, then in about 3 days will go down to fair, if i switch usb ports and put it in one right next to it, the signal will reach excellent again, then after a few days the same thing will happen. what would cause this? could both the wireless adapters just be going bad?


Senior Member
Dec 27, 2008
More likely it is a driver issue rather than a hardware port issue. What you describe is actually not uncommon with some WIFI adapters. What OS are you running?

I have experienced this myself. Some WIFI adapters have drivers that are just buggy with some operating systems. I can have this issue with an adapter when using it in Linux but it will work just fine in Windows or visa versa.

I have had good results with this adapter across the board: https://www.amazon.com/Panda-300Mbp...815063&sr=1-1&keywords=panda+usb+wifi+adapter