Ok, so I have had this ongoing problem with my network. Before today, I was running a dual boot of Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7. I have only just recently got rid of Ubuntu and installed Mint 14 because I was unable to access certain websites in Ubuntu.
Here is a full description of my problem that I posted in the ubuntu forums.
Since I could not find a good solution to this problem, I decided to install Mint to see if I would have the same issues. Turns out nothing has changed. I still have no real idea what is causing this to happen so I was hoping I could get some feedback from the Mint community. Since that thread from Ubuntu forums died, I tried to go to my university's library to try to use their connection. I am able to access all of the sites I had problems with on the school's network so I can narrow down the source of the issue as being my network at home.
However, since I have no problem accessing the internet using Windows 7, it most likely has to deal with my network settings in Linux rather than the network itself.
If anyone has any ideas, they would be much appreciated. If you need me to post any of my settings or anything like that just ask. Thanks.