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Wrt54-G v6 Router Suddenly Loosing Connection

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rev. Michael L. Burns, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. Rev. Michael L. Burns

    Rev. Michael L. Burns LI Guru Member

    I have been using a Linksys Wireless-G 2.4 GHz router model WRT54G v6 for well over a year now with virtually no problems until recently. It now looses connection between my wired pc's as well as my wireless notebook and also looses internet connect at the same time.

    It initially started happening every few days but now happens every day and sometimes several times a day. The only way to get the connections and the internet working again is the unplug it and plug it back in.

    Any ideas what may be causing this and why it suddenly started doing this after working fine for so long.

  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Are you running torrents, games, or other software that could be making a lot of connections? The v5/6 have limited memory, and you may be flooding it.
  3. Rev. Michael L. Burns

    Rev. Michael L. Burns LI Guru Member

    Thanks for your quick reply.

    Never run any games and such. It seldon stops working while I'm actually doing something on either my notebook or desktops although I have on rare occassions lost the internet connection. Most of the time it seems to be while they are idle.

    For instance, I may be using my notebook to access the internet through the wireless router connection and at the same time transfering files between my notebook and my two desktops that use the wired connections of the router and I experience no problems. I then might shut down my notebook and go run some errands or something and come back only to find that I can't access the internet from either the notebook or the desktops and the systems can't communicate. Only solution was to power down the router and bring it back up. Then everything works fine. I might add that when using te notebook, the desktops are not being used unless I have to access files stored on them. No one else is using them as I am the only user in the house.

    There have been numerous occasions that I've never turned on my notebook and only used the desktops and gotten the same problems. Twice this past week I was using one of the desktops and had no problem with the internet or communicating with the other desktop. When I close down for the day or to go out (desktops are never powered off - applications just closed) and come back later that day or the next day, the desktops can't communicate nor is there internet access. Have to once again recycle the router.

    I noted yesterday morning that there was a firmware update for the router so I installed it since the router still had the same firmware that it had when new. I don't expect this to make a difference since the router was working perfectly until just recently but thought it would be best to have the latest anyway. That was at 8:30 yesterday morning and so far the router has stayed up. I can only hope! It's already up longer this time than at anytime last week.

  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Hope that firmware upgrade solved it for you.

    If not, you might want to start looking for spyware or viruses on the desktops. It seems possible IMO, that your desktops are continually making connections via the router, which may be doing the flooding.

    As a further precaution, I suggest you turn off UPnP on the router, if that's on. This might render some instant messaging or other apps broken, if you use such.
  5. Rev. Michael L. Burns

    Rev. Michael L. Burns LI Guru Member

    Thanks for your reply.

    So far no problems since upgrading the firmware but since the problem didn't happen everyday, although it was getting more and more frequent, I can only wait and see and hope and pray that it resolved the problem.

    I have run anti-virus scans on all computers, desktops and laptop, with no errors Also have run numerous anti-spyware applications and haven't turned up anything other than a few tracking cookies which were quickly deleted.

    I've tried McAfee's and Symantec security suites for Anti-virus, anti-spam and firewalls and still had the problem. I am currently using Microsoft's Live OneCare and have been satisfied with it although up until the firmware update I was still geting the problems.

    I use instant messaging several times a week to communicate with church members and I use remote desktop sometimes to access my home comuters from my notebook when away from home (at the church or traveling) so I'll try UPnP as a last resort.


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