Sorry to hear about the difficulties you are having with your Ethernet connection.
Yes, as you said, 18.104.22.168 is the latest driver.
I am not aware of any driver bugs that would cause this issue. I have seen problems caused by the power supply that could cause this. Sometimes adding the adapter puts too much strain on one of the outputs to the original power supply, especially if you have added other adapters to the computer. I have a desktop computer that is like this. If I add in too many cards, then I have seen problems with network connectivity and sometimes problems with restarting my computer. Also, I believe that longer cables result in more power consumption. So you could work good on a shorter distanc3e, but see intermittent issues with a longer distance. If you have add in devices that you can temporarily remove, you could troubleshoot the issue by removing devices and testing to see if the issue remains or goes away.
An updated driver should be available soon, which you can try. However, I do not know of any bug fix that matches your report. You should try the new driver in case the update helps, but I do not expect a driver change to help you.