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Linksys WRT54G Problems

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Phixion, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. Phixion

    Phixion LI Guru Member

    Hello, I am having issues with my WRT54G v2 router, every few days I become unconnectable (on torrent sites) and usually have a hell of a game trying to get myself connectable again - this usually involves turning off my cable modem/router and resetting the router to factory defaults.

    I have 4 PC's connected to the router, 2 wired and 2 wireless, and 2 xbox360s wired.

    I've had alot of trouble with this router ever since I had it, I shouldn't have to forward ports manually, so why is this happening and what can I do to fix it? Maybe try some other firmware? Or is there a setting I should be changing after a factory reset? I usually just add a wireless security key and leave the other settings...

    Many thanks.
     
  2. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    If you want your applications to be able to forward the ports automatically, you would need to at least enable upnp on the router. This is usually disabled by default.
    As far as losing connection after a few days of torrents, this probably comes from the contrack setting. Router track open connections. The linksys by default can track 2000 connections and track them for 7 days (!). As torrents open a lot of connections, this saturates that tracking table quickly. 3rd party software allow you to increase the table and limit the tracking time to 10 minutes. If you want a 3rd party firmware close to the official one, try hyperWRT thibor (15c for the GL). If you feel more adventurous, try DDWRT or tomato.
     
  3. Phixion

    Phixion LI Guru Member

    I have uPnP enabled, the problem isn't that my router or connection stops working, it just becomes "unconnectable" in utorrent.

    I have changed to DD-WRT and hopefully it'll fix it, so far I really like the new features.
     
  4. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    I'm not sure what "unconnectable" means under utorrent. I would guess it means that you cannot be reached from outside, which means your port forwarding would be disabled.

    Do you have a fixed IP or a dynamic IP on your internet connection?
    is your PC on a fixed IP or on DHCP? if dhcp, how long are the lease time?

    If you want people to connect to you on utorrent, you DO need to forward the right ports. Either this is donme automatically using upnp or you do it by hand, but it is necessary... It is possible that the upnp forwarding only lasts a while... I'm not sure as all my forwarding is done manually...
     

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