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Wireless stops working after 5 minutes

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by helgeag, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. helgeag

    helgeag Networkin' Nut Member

    Hello,

    I have a Linksys WRT54GL with tomato 1.28 installed, been running this router for about one year with no problems.

    Today while I took a nap I woke up to a faulty internet connection.

    I rebooted the router and I got internet for about 5 minutes, until the connection speed slowed to a crawl and then I lost internet completely.

    The log files doesn't show anything obvious, and if I use a cable via the router everything works fine.

    I tried to change channels to a channel that's not being used by anyone else, but that didn't make a difference.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to proceed?
     
  2. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Use nslookup to test DNS functionality. If it's working, take the IPs from there and us tracert to see if you can get there.
     
  3. helgeag

    helgeag Networkin' Nut Member

    nslookup fails when I'm on wireless. Works when I'm on cable.

    nslookup www.linksysinfo.org
    DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
    Server: UnKnown
    Address: 192.168.1.1

    DNS request timed out.
    timeout was 2 seconds.
    etc++


    Oh, and I don't know if this matters. But loading the router config page while I'm on wireless also takes forever. It's very slow to load.
     
  4. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Sounds like a more fundamental wireless issue, perhaps your radio is failing? Not sure how to test that though.
     
  5. helgeag

    helgeag Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks, you managed to be helpful and a douchebag at the same time.
     
  6. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Yoiu could check your wireless settings although sounds like there is no reason for those to have changed. You could try doing an NVRAM reset and manually entering your settings again in case your NVRAM space somehow filled up. Just guessing here, these are long shots. I'm out of ideas so don't think I can help nor do I really want to after your last post.
     
  7. helgeag

    helgeag Networkin' Nut Member

    I had not changed any settings for about 6 months.

    After updating drivers, checking that the wireless worked on another laptop, I came to the same conclusion as you, that the problem was a windows / PC problem. So I updated drivers, downgraded drivers, restored windows to an earlier state. Tried an Ubuntu live CD which also failed. That made me think it was a hardware problem, so I changed the network card with the laptop that worked. When that failed as well I was at a loss.

    As a last option I reset the router to default again, and as by magic it worked. So it was some weird router problem. The issue has now been resolved.

    About my last post, it was to point out that it's not necessary to be so sarcastic and tell me that my radio might be broken, just because I don't know as much about routers as you do.
     
  8. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Like many devices, a good reset/reboot can work magic. I might have a little more experience than some maybe but still just using basic diagnostics & educated guessing. I wasn't being sarcastic and not sure why it would have looked that way. I was just trying to figure it out and glad you got it working.
     
  9. helgeag

    helgeag Networkin' Nut Member

    It looked sarcastic to me, if it wasn't intended that way, then I apologize for calling you a douchebag.
     
  10. helgeag

    helgeag Networkin' Nut Member

    I just learned that americans call the wireless sender for "radio"...
    I thought you meant an actual radio set... Sorry about that.
     
  11. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    It's all good. Misunderstandings happen. Again, glad you got it working.
     
  12. fubdap

    fubdap Addicted to LI Member

    @TexasFlood,
    I am glad you handled this very well. When I read your post, I could not understand why the name calling. Cultural differences I guess.
     

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