Router dropouts

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  1. John Corn

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    From time to time I lose my internet connection for a few brief minutes, does this sound like a defective router?
     
  2. Kevin

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    Is your router wireless? If so, there could be devices in your household, such as cordless phones, interfering with your router's signal. Try changing the channel that your router is broadcasting on. Common channels include 1, 6, and 11.

    After all, there may be nothing wrong with your router. It just might be your broadband ISP crapping out. My cable loses connection from time to time, some times more than others. Just unplug your modem and plug it back in.
     
  3. Sandman

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    I have ben using a Lynksys router with Zone Alarm and a wireless 802.11b built in card and I have found out occasionally the IP address on the wireless will change and then it wont talk to the router, I have yet to figure out why this is happening, others I have talked to have not experienced this problem

    Bob
     
  4. John Corn

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    I'm trying out different channels, so far with no success.
     
  5. firephoto

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    I did extensive research into routers (consumer) and the most common thing was that most of the new ones on the market need to be restarted ocaisionally. I have an SMC and it was this way, would work for many hours but then just be dead to the internet till I rebooted it. Finally bought an old Dell Optiplex and some Intel Pro100/S NICs and made it into a Smoothwall box. The only problem I am having now is with my ISP having a flakey radio (wisp) or router that makes the connections ping all screwy till they do something (reboot something I think.)

    On the 802.11b part, someone mentioned channels 1, 6, and 11 and I believe these are the only channels that don't overlap others or something like that and are the ones that my ISP uses on their wireless network.

    If you have an old PC you can put 2 nics (3 to use your wireless AP part of the router) and set it up with Smoothwall or IPcop or some other Firewall/router distros.
    http://www.smoothwall.org
    http://www.ipcop.org/
    http://www.clarkconnect.org/

    It could be that your router just needs a firmware update too, check the manufacurer website and/or do some searching over at http://www.dslreports.com/ and you might find some good/bad news about your router.

    good luck!
     
  6. JBKing

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    Do you have 2.4GHz phones? That can cause problems, as will running the microwave.
     
  7. John Corn

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    No, I don't have any 2.4 ghz phones, Ill keep an eye on the connection if the microwave gets used.
     
  8. Mike123abc

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    Might also check to see if there is a software update for the router.
     
  9. bills976

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    My POS Netgear wireless router will drop spontaneously in my dorm room, and only when I use the WEP. Try using it for awhile without the WEP, and see if that makes a difference. If so, the router might be defective.
     
  10. John Corn

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  11. John Corn

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    It appears the latest firmware update may have solved my problem. :righton:
     

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