WRT54G v5 WLAN Disappears Constantly

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Hanst, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. Hanst

    Hanst Network Guru Member

    I bought a Linksys router with the hope that my minor problems with lesser brands were behind me. Unfortunately, however, I bought the WRT54G v5.

    After spending countless hours trying to resolve my issue with Linksys and searching the Internet for answers I realized I am not alone.

    The wireless network constantly disappears for random lengths of time.

    After experimenting with settings and using "war driving software" to monitor signals, I knew it was a hardware issue so I returned my router for a new one. Linksys sent me a new router and - I still have the exact same problem. I have read posts on this forum and other websites of many people who also have the same or a very similar problem.

    I have tried running the router with various types of encryption, and various other wireless setting and the result is the same. The wireless side randomly disappears for periods ranging from 30 seconds to 10 minutes.

    I am running the most recent firmware - 1.00.06, but have found rumours suggesting that Linksys is planning another firmware release in March. Hopefully that will solve our problems.

    I have wasted far too much time on a $50 piece of junk.
    My post-purchase research has revealed that I should have bought a WRT54GL or older 54G but it is too late for that. I am resigned to waiting for the next firmware release. In the meantime I will run my old wireless-B router as a secondary access point. It cost me $10(after rebate) 2 years ago and never gave me grief.

    If anyone else has found a different solution to the WRT54Gv5 wireless disappearing problem, please let me know.

  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Yes, contact Linksys TechSupport and let them know you have had many problems, and specifically REQUEST that you get a replacement unit that is Linux-based. WRT54GL, or WRT54Gv4, or whatever. They have been doing this for other people, you just need to ask for it.
  3. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    Don't ask for the v4, ask for the v3 (it has more memory/flash).
  4. Ricardito

    Ricardito Network Guru Member

    Sounds familiar

    I recently switched to the WRT54G v5 from a 2Wire905 router, thinking I might get a better signal throughout my house. (It also had more than one ethernet plug-in, which the 2Wire didn't.) It's been nothing but trouble, losing internet connections at random times. Linksys sent me a replacement, but I'm having the same problems with the new one--updating to latest firmware was no discernable help either. After many hours on the phone with Earthlink and Linksys, I'm about to send it back and ask for a refund. I've been told that the 2.4GHz cordless phone in our house could be causing interference. I find it odd that the 3+ year-old 2Wire NEVER had such problems--even though it sat, literally, next to the phone base--but this latest model by Linksys does. Oh, and the signal strength is no better.
  5. Hanst

    Hanst Network Guru Member

    Potential "Fix" - Disable uPnP

    Based on comments in another thread, I tried disabling uPnP a few days ago. I don't want to say for sure that this has solved the problem, but it seems to be working much better now.

    I don't often use P2P or games that require the uPnP, so I am ok with this solution. It is much less anoying than getting disconnected all the time.
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