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Problems with Connection


I've been having some issues with my connection lately. I have a Windows PC and a G4. The other day I connected them both online using a Netgear router. The setup was very easy and I got online in a minute. However, after a few hours I lost connection. Then I connected my PC directly to my modem and got back online. I did the same with the G4. In order to have them both reconnected I have to reset my modem & router and/or reboot both computers. Sometimes reseting modem and router will help, sometimes it won't.
Do you know what might be the problem and what I need to do to have this fixed?

Thanks a lot!

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Find what part failed.

I usually work this in a methodical way. You pulled the plug on the entire setup without sharing if you rebooted the router, then a PC...

And there's that nutty issue that all the router makers expect us to update their firmware.


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agree with R. Proffitt

Be methodical. I would try using just one of the computers for a while and see if the problem reoccurs. If not, hook second computer up and take careful note of exactly what happens and when. This will help to identify the nature of the problem. More specs on your system would be helpful as well.

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Thank you guys for your replies. I have done what you said and here is what's happening:

Regardless of what computer is connected (they can be connected both at the same time or just one of them), as long as they are connected via router, connection disappears after a while. "After a while" translates into one hour or five hours. If any of them is connected directly to the modem, connection never disappears. Someone told me this could have something to do with my dynamic IP, and that I should probably change it to static IP. As I understand it, dynamic IP, by default, expires after some time, but should also by default renew itself. If that's the case then my dynamic IP won't do it, or can't do it. So then I changed it to Static IP, hoping his would solve it. Well, it hasn't. I'm still experiencing the same problem.

Some specs:

Netgear router MR814 v3

PC OS: w2k
AMD Athlon 1 GHz
Memory 512MB

PowerMac G4 OS: OS X 10.3 Panther
Machine Model: Power Mac G4 (AGP graphics)
CPU Speed: 500 MHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 1 MB
Memory: 512 MB
Bus Speed: 100 MHz

Any thoughts?


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