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WRT160N drops wifi and wired connection

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by RhesusPieces, May 11, 2008.

  1. RhesusPieces

    RhesusPieces LI Guru Member

    Initially, my Wrt160N was working great but after a week it started dropping the wifi
    connection sometimes several times a day. A power-off was required to get the connection back. Sometimes the wired side stopped working.

    After looking and thinking for a while I decided to do several things. I didn't do them one at a time and we've only gone a couple of days without a drop.

    Here's what I did:

    1. turn off UPnP - maybe the lone Windows machines was talking to the router.
    2. turn off QoS - we weren't doing anything that QoS would help.
    3. went wide with 40MHz channels - I don't think this made any difference.

    Originally, I saw comment here that said that the router would do the wrong thing is it detected too much interference. I don't think that's the case but I don't know.

    At any rate, I believe the first two changes helped. I'll know in a couple of days.
  2. beatngu

    beatngu Guest

    hey, did u have any luck? found the source of the problem?

    i have the exact same problem, and my mother, for whom i bought the same router, is also having the exact same problem. and they both worked well in the beginning. now 3 daily resets is not uncommon!
  3. peppersteak

    peppersteak Addicted to LI Member


    can you give an update on the status?

    I am having the same problems with the WRT160N.


  4. gambling

    gambling Guest

    the Cisco acquisition of Linksys would make them better, but they haven't changed the Linksys division one bit. Still the same bland router with the cookie cutter WebUI and no advanced options to tweak as needed. Do yourself a favor and go with, well, ANYTHING else in this price range. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.
  5. RhesusPieces

    RhesusPieces LI Guru Member

    Just an update. I still have the same wireless dropout problem. I've upgraded to DD-WRT and still have the problem. I can't make a connection on channel 1 or 6 at all. I can see other routers but none have strong signals. I suppose there could be a microwave or cordless phone that comes on every day or two and breaks my connection.

    I'm beginning to think the router is broken.

    I've spent a good while on the Linksys chat support line trying to get a newer version of the WRT16nv1 firmware. The best I've been able to get is a pointer to the ftp site where there is source. There are three newer versions out there but I haven't tried to compile my own copies yet.

    I needed the router so I haven't sent it in to be replaced or repaired. That would really require me to buy another router until this one was fixed.
  6. Manuel_A

    Manuel_A Addicted to LI Member

    I Have the Linksys WRT610N Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router

    Try this. Go into the routers settings.

    On the Wireless Tab and change the settings:

    5GHz Wireless Settings:

    Network Mode: Mixed
    Network Name (SSID): You name this
    Channel Width: 40MHz only
    Wide Channel: 151
    Standard Channel: 153-5.765GHz
    SSID Broadcast: That's upto you

    2.4GHz Wireless Settings

    Network Mode: Mixed
    Network Name (SSID): You name this
    Channel Width: 40MHz only
    Wide Channel: 6
    Standard Channel: 8-2.447GHz
    SSID Broadcast: That's upto you

    I hope this helps you
  7. OldPhil

    OldPhil Addicted to LI Member

    I have had WRT160Nv2 for over a year now, at first I had some issues which were cleared by down grading the software. The last time I set it up I used the Lela software and only had minor glitches, about a month ago Linksys put out an update. It has run flawlessly since, according to the applet it updated the software and security, I would try the update you may be Ok with it.


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