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Laptop losing connection with wireless router

by Jane917 / December 3, 2008 11:13 PM PST

I have a Linksys router that is a couple of years old. Several times/day I lose internet connection with my router. I unplug the router, and plug it back in, and my connection is restored. Is my router "wearing out?" Do they need to be replaced every couple of years? Thanks.

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Or it's not setup per our forum sticky.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 12:52 AM PST

The top post in this forum offers how we like to see the router setup.

Your post didn't tell if the firmware is current, the security and such.

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I think I am connected correctly
by Jane917 / December 4, 2008 2:56 AM PST

I went to the sticky about connection, and I am connected correctly. The connection works MOST of the time. When I re-set by unplugging, I am always re-connected. The connection is secure.

I am not sure what you mean by "if the firmware is current."

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That's troubling.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 4:15 AM PST

If you can't tell if the firmware is current in the router then it is not setup per the forum sticky.

Go to, find your model and compare what they offer with the version in your router's setup screens.

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I found the firmware on Linksys
by Jane917 / December 4, 2008 11:13 PM PST
In reply to: That's troubling.

I found the correct firmware for my WRT54G ver.5 router. Should I download it to my desktop, which is connected to the router, or is it OK to download it to my laptop? I tried opening the link to the firmware, but I guess it is not a file that can be opened.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2008 12:23 AM PST

But if you check my posts on this, I never tell anyone how to update firmware. The key word is "how."

To update firmware I always follow the maker's instructions. If you could give a link to the instructions and tell me which step is eluding you I may be able to write it another way but because the maker can change these instructions I dare not tell how.

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I am following the directions....
by Jane917 / December 9, 2008 11:07 PM PST
In reply to: Sorry.

I have found the firmware link for my router, and have followed the directions to open it. However, it is a .bin file and won't open on my machine. I think I may have to call tech support at my internet provider.

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Found the manual.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2008 12:01 AM PST
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