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BEFSX41 problems - random disconnects

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by rhyz, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. rhyz

    rhyz LI Guru Member

    I had a WRT54GX4 wireless router that was having problems with connections - they would randomly drop. Flashed to the newer firmware and it "bricked". So I went out and got a BEFSX41 router to start my network with and it has dropped connections also. Last night it just stopped working till I reset it.

    I've been reading up on networking but just seem to get more confused with it, all I want to do is get 3 pcs, and the 360 to have a stable connection to the net. And will add a wireless router later for the wifes laptop.

    Is there a general guide on what basic options I need checked off to get a stable connection without the resets?
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    firstly what ISP do you use? and what device, Cablemodem or ADSL?
  3. rhyz

    rhyz LI Guru Member

    I use Comcast with a Terayon TJ715 modem, 2 pcs running Win XP Pro SP2, 1 using MCE 2005 SP2. All using onboard Nvidia nics.
  4. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Which firmware version are you using? Most likely you need to use a stable firmware version and there are really ONLY two stable versions: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,11329487

    Be sure to long reset to factory defaults BOTH before and after flashing to a stable firmware. The long reset beforehand avoids bricking the router. The long reset afterwards improves the stability and prevents strange functionality problems.

    Also to prevent spontaneous resets, all of the Web Filters (aka Additional Filters on the Firewall page) must be set to disable (or be unchecked).
  5. rhyz

    rhyz LI Guru Member

    It came with the 1.50.18 firmware installed, so I should upgrade the firmware to to the 1.51.00? As in the long reset is that the 30/30/30 second reset?
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    i dont know where ALL the falacies of 30/30/30 come from.

    Just press the reset button for 30 seconds, allow router to reboot. full stop.
  7. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Believe it or not most people find that 1.45.7 is more stable, especially if they are using DSL, but I think 1.51.00 is about equally as stable for those using cable.

    30 seconds on the reset button is all that is needed for a simple restoration of factory defaults. This isn't a resurrection of a bricked router. :)
  8. rhyz

    rhyz LI Guru Member

    Okay, thanks alot for the help. I will try it and let you know how it pans out. :)
  9. rhyz

    rhyz LI Guru Member

    Ok, the BEFSX41 work good since I bought it, had Azuteus port forwared and was nice. Then about 3 days ago I get a firewall error (red unhappy face) the firewall is disable on the router. DHT is a yellow face, NAT was green. I could still upload and download and browse the net. Then about a day ago, I couldn't upload, same faces on Azureus.

    So today I got to flash the firmware to the the newest version BEFSX41_v1.52.10_code%2C0.bin

    Held in the reset for 30 seconds before flashing, connect to the router, go to the admin and firmware section, browse for the file and upgrade it. Firefox immediately goes to the page not found page. Okay that happened before on the last router. I let it sit for an hour, come back and reset it. Firmware is the same version as it was before.

    So I disconnect the router from the modem and do it all over again, same thing. Getting pissed now so I try the older version sx41_v1.45.7_001_code.bin

    Reset the router again, with the same 30 second hold on the button, admin, upgrade firmware.....Firefox does it's page not found and I wait for about an hour again. Reset the router, and now I can't connect to it, nice....same as the last router I tried to upgrade....so what the heck is going on? Am I doing something wrong trying to upgrade this?
  10. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Mozilla-based browsers sometimes have problems with the built-in upgrade page in the GUI. Use IE instead for flashing if you are using that upgrade page. I should have mentioned that before, but everytime I warn someone about that problem they say they they had no problems. I believe it is something about the way the Javascript applet is handled differently in IE vs. Mozilla that causes this.

    If you don't want to use IE, you must then flash with the SX41 TFTP program.
  11. rhyz

    rhyz LI Guru Member

    Okay I will try that, but is this bricked now?
  12. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    So you can't access it at all? There is a sequence of escalating steps to take to regain access to the router for a flash attempt. Try these in increasing order:

    1. http://www.dslreports.com/faq/4020
    2. http://www.dslreports.com/faq/2289
    3. http://www.dslreports.com/faq/8160

    ... and if none of those work, then this extreme measure: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,12703000 Remember if you are pin shorting the router, be sure to use the SX41 TFTP software for the flashing. It's source is linked in the thread.
  13. rhyz

    rhyz LI Guru Member

    Yeah it kept timing out on me, but I will try this and hopefully fix it.


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