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Cable modem + Belkin Router occasional problems

by Joliet Eddie / November 11, 2008 12:13 AM PST

Internet access is via Time Warner Roadrunner using a Motorola cable modem. Have a Belkin wireless router set up to broadcast WiFi. My wife and I access from Toshiba laptops with internal WiFi cards. Usually all is well with pretty good speed.

Then every once and awhile (once every two weeks or so, sometimes weekly) the wireless connection remains okay, but we get "local access" only over the wireless network. We can see each other's machine, but can't get on the net.

This is solved by rebooting the modem and router and we're back surfing the web. I have to reboot both devices to regain Internet access. Neither laptop needs to be rebooted however. They just reconnect automatically to the wireless router.

What causes the internet connection to drop out like this? Although this is a minor annoyance, is there anyway to prevent this?

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What causes the internet connection to drop out like this?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2008 12:34 AM PST

Bugs. The bug could be code in the router which you check on Belkin's web site for updated "firmware."

Another issue is that not all features work in all routers. In our forum sticky we offer a suggested setup. Did you try that?

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Belkin firmware
by Joliet Eddie / November 11, 2008 3:11 AM PST

When I bought the router a few years ago, I had checked reviews on line. The Belkin got pretty good reviews and was a cinch to set up, but there were a few negative comments about the firmware not following good code writing or something or other. When it runs, it's solid, but as I described sometimes it loses the Internet connection through the cable modem. Screwy. Seems like a firmware to me.

I have not checked lately for firmware updates from Belkin. Last time, some time ago, that I checked, it seemed like they had moved onto newer models and weren't upgrading older firmware. But I'll check again.

I did set up the hardware as described on the forum sticky. Looking through this forum, my problem is pretty lightweight compared to those experienced by others.

Perhaps I need to simply get a newer model router.

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Then I agree.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2008 3:54 AM PST
In reply to: Belkin firmware

If the firmware is current and you have it setup exactly like we propose then it's time to replace it.

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