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by feliciadm / March 14, 2007 2:04 AM PDT

Not sure where to post this question so starting here first. I have a Dell p4 desktop computer running xp and recently upgraded to IE7. I have Cable Internet connection and also have the Linksis WRT54GS Wireless-G Router. For about a week, I have been experiencing internet connection problems. I can connect and be working when BAM I get dropped. I also have a laptop with wireless connection. I've called my cable company, and after going through their reset procedure, I get connected again. Basically, it's to unplug the cable box and router and wait for a minute and plug everything back in. Unfortunately, I just don't think I have to go through this procedure a few times a day so that I can use the internet. I know this is very vague information, but this is driving me nuts. Also, I recently replaced my cable modem box. Does it sound like I need a new router? This router I have isn't even 1 year old. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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(NT) Is the router firmware the latest?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2007 2:17 AM PDT
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Re: Network Headaches
by feliciadm / March 14, 2007 10:38 AM PDT

Yes, downloaded their latest firmware just last week when I first started having this problem. Seems to have gotten worse since.

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Tell more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2007 11:40 AM PDT
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Did you enable SSID broadcast?

There is some Dell issue with Intel's wifi manager. Tell which you use.

Did you do a site survey and pick a channel no one else is using?


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check for wireless phone interference
by glennlee / March 14, 2007 2:31 AM PDT
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Have you checked to see if you are having wireless phone interference? Most of them run on the same frequency band that wireless routers share. Most wireless phones allow you to select from at least 10 channels, and choosing another band for your phone may solve your problem.

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Could be the router
by jackson dougless / March 14, 2007 4:42 AM PDT
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That particular router is infamous for having a "bug" in the firmware that can cause this. Without getting into a lot of details, for some insane reason, the router tries to keep track of every single connection you make on the Internet for like 4 weeks. The router only has about 8MB of internal RAM, maybe less if you have a newer model, so as you can imagine, it will run out of space really quick.

The nice thing about that router, is there are several custom firmwares you can use. My favorite being the Tomato firmware. Stupid name, excellent firmware. It has a more sensible period of time for that setting, and it's adjustable as well. Drawback is, you'll void your warranty by using this firmware, there's no official support, and I'm not sure if it works on some of the latest hardware revisions.

If you don't want to use a custom firmware, the only real option is rebooting it a few times a day to manually flush the logs that are eating up all the free memory. Unless you know someone with an EE degree who could graft a serial port onto it, and you don't mind learning a little bit about Unix commands.

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