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Wireless Issue

by Mrdonuthead / July 7, 2007 5:21 PM PDT

Over 2 years ago I purchased a Linksys WRT 54G and it has never worked properly. The problem is that it disconnects after around an hour. The internet page will say page can?t be displayed and a error message in the bottom right hand corner will say something about being unable to find the network. Other times it appears to be connected but has a dns issue. I find that sometimes I need to restart the router and other times right click on the connection to select repair. Of course the problem just comes back again approximately an hour later. The problem gets weirder, to get the router to work again I have to do a factory reset and put the settings in again. What?s up with that! The router sits less than 10 metres away form my computer and there is no walls between them. I am running XP SP2 and my connection is cable with Telstra who use something called a heartbeat server.

To fix it I have tried the following.

Disconnected my portable phone.
Tried a laptop computer and it also disconnects after an hour.
Research ? Went to sites such as this to check if I have done anything wrong, I found nothing wrong with my configuration or anything else.
Spoken to Linksys about 10 times (In the technical support Instant messaging as I?m in Australia)
Linksys tried some different configurations and some other settings but it did not help. They would get me to try something and that would be it.
Did firmware upgrades but it did not help.

My question is Am I the only one this is happening to?
and Is there a resolution.

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Makes me wonder. . .
by Coryphaeus / July 7, 2007 9:35 PM PDT
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why you haven't replaced it. You've put up with more than I would have. Sounds like you've exhausted the options. Get a new one.

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new router
by Mrdonuthead / July 7, 2007 10:41 PM PDT
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At the moment I'm not using it, I'm connected directly to the modem and there is no problem, this is ok for now but this will have to change. Soon I will buy a wireless N router and see how that goes. I just wanted to mention that when the internet would stop working I could still ping the router. Maybe I'll try Netgear.

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"Did firmware upgrades but it did not help."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2007 11:16 PM PDT
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Time to void the warranty. I know it's all geek to most everyone but the OpenWRT firmware is what I'd use next unless the following helps.

1. Enable SSID.

There are many that complain about drops and a recurring setting is they disabled SSID broadcast because of a security advisor. I've written far too much on this and will sum it up with this. "Do you want it to work?"

2. Get to WPA-PSK.

WEP is dead and "script kiddies" will use your connection and mess up your connection in just minutes. I wrote about that at this link: http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?forumID=32&threadID=242736&messageID=2457489

Yes, I have OpenWRT running on a Buffalo and for those that are at the end of the rope, it's usually a fix or at least "more rope."

Bob

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