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WRT54G v. 3.2: just started acting strange--why?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Telecommuter, Feb 3, 2006.

  1. Telecommuter

    Telecommuter Network Guru Member

    I am a newbie--though I did install my router myself, I understand very little about how it works, so please bear with me.

    I have a WRT54G version 3.2.

    I installed it with the setup wizard, following all of Linksys's instructions, and it has worked fine for the past several months.

    I have a Tivo connected wirelessly, a PC laptop running XP, and a Mac laptop--all pretty much OK.

    Because the wireless signal sometimes fluctuates and my VPN would get cut off more frequently than I like, I wired my primary laptop (the PC) to the router. This worked great for a while--the signal hardly ever got dropped.

    Recently, for no apparent reason, I've been having trouble with the WIRED connection. It gets dropped and won't reconnect, even if I reboot...then a few hours later, maybe it does reconnect, but I don't know why. Sometimes, I can get onto the Web but not my VPN (even though the VPN says it is connected.) Meanwhile, I can connect WIRELESSLY and get onto the Web and the VPN with no problem, usually. I tried using a new ethernet cable and connecting to a different port on the router, which seemed to improve things temporarily, but now the problem has come back. The wireless connection has become more dependable than the wired connection. I don't get it!

    Any advice? Is this a hardware problem with the router, or with my computer? It is a Dell Inspiron 600M, for what it's worth. Is the router just worn out? (It's less than a year old.)

    If you do have any advice, please remember I am a "dummy" in this department. Thank you!
     
  2. Telecommuter

    Telecommuter Network Guru Member

    More information--maybe this explains it??!

    After posting the above, I realized I was forgetting about another piece of hardware that could be to blame--my dell docking station/monitor stand. I plug all the peripherals into this (printer, keyboard, monitor, mouse, and router) and dock the laptop in it. I've taken the computer off the dock and plugged the ethnet cable directly into it--and now it is working.

    Of course, it sometimes works while docked, too, so this isn't enough to prove anything.

    But I'll have to keep testing it out and see if it continues to connect while undocked and not while docked....

    Has anyone else experienced loss of functionality in an ethernet port on a docking station?
     
  3. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    YOU SHOULD CHECK THE ROUTER SPECIFICATIONS IF IT COMPLIES WITH YOUR DELL'S MEMORY,CPU, AND HARDRIVE STANDARDS.

    IF THEY MATCH OR YOUR PC IS MORE OPTIMAL THEN YOUR FINE.

    SINCE YOUR NEW UTP CABLES HAVE MADE THE CONNECTION TEMPORARILY BETTER THEN IT MUST BE THE DATA FLOW.
    YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR COMPUTER'S NIC(REPLACE IT or HAVE A TECHNICIAN FIX IT).

    IF THE CONNECTION IS STILL DROPPED AND HAS PROBLEMS THEN IT MAY VERY BE YOUR ROUTER IN MOST CASES. TRY UPGRADING IT AND HAVE A TECHNICIAN PROPERLY INSTALL IT ON YOUR NETWORK.
     
  4. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    Those docking stations can sometimes have flakey connections to the PC, give the direct connection method a try for a while..
    When you get disconnected does the computer say Netwrk cable unplugged or anything (and does the light go off on the linksys router for the port your plugged into)
    If your still having trouble with the computer without the docking station you might have a bad network card... if thats the case, go to your favorite electornics retailer (best buy, futureshop, compusa, frys) and pick up a PCMCIA network card (steer clear of USB if you want reliability the can be finnickey at times) if it works for you great, if not take it back...

    don't worry about incompatability with the router, thats not the problem...
     

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