WRT54GS v6 dropped wireless connection

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by squirsier, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. squirsier

    squirsier LI Guru Member

    Greetings :)

    I have a problem with my WRT54GS v6 (firmware v1.50.9) that I have had ever since I bought it a month ago (which back then was using firmware v1.50.5).

    What happen is, the wireless just suddenly dies on the router, and need a complete reboot (unplug/plug it back in) to work again. No matter if I try to change the broadcasting channel, do a disable/enable... Nothing works.

    Meanwhile, the ethernet connections will continue to work as normal.

    I have had a month to try to fix this thing, tried all the different broadcasting channels several times, changed the router position twice, made sure the wireless was blocked to accept only connections from the MAC Addresses in our house (3 laptops) and still the wireless connection would just die.

    I noted that this also seems to happen during the evening most of the time... But then I had a problem with a 2.4ghz phone before, that was fixed by changing both broadcasting channels (as soon as the 2.4ghz phone would be in use, the wireless, on another router I owned before, would die, only to come back immediatly after the phone call was done. That was on a second line, not the same as the modem was using). I thought it could be the same problem but since 1) I didn't notice this when our phone is in use and 2) if I just do a reboot everything comes back to normal, I assume it's not a signal blocking the router...

    Has anyone every experienced this, and is there a way to fix this?

    I connected my girlfriend back to ethernet, she talks a lot with her family during the evening and this was bugging her to death and also pissing me off :)

    Thank you! :)
  2. squirsier

    squirsier LI Guru Member

    Okay, I noticed some people having issues with this router and WPA... Not the same version but nonetheless, I'm gonna have a go at using WEP then...

    Wish me luck :D
  3. mealto

    mealto LI Guru Member

    Going to WEP does fix some of the wireless drop issues. In WPA, the router "re-encodes" the password at set intervals and hence there is a quick drop & connect again. It should be pretty seemless.Having said that, there are also other issues with wireless drops when using WPA and disabling SSID broadcast. Turn broadcast on again and use WPA to see if this helps. If you have good wireless signal, I am willing to bet this might fix the drop issues.

    Wireless drops can get frsutrating. I hope the broadcast SSID fix works for you. Good luck!
  4. squirsier

    squirsier LI Guru Member

    Thank you for your answer mealto :)

    SSID broadcast has always been enabled, and we have a very small home so the connection is always Excellent, according to Windows anyway :)

    I wouldn't mind a quick drop once in a while, but a complete lock-up of the wireless signal is just weird, considering the router still works fine in ethernet mode all the time!

    I haven't got dropped yet so I haven't changed to WEP... We'll see the next time it happens :)
  5. squirsier

    squirsier LI Guru Member

    Alright, changed to WEP when I got disconnected this afternoon... Same thing, keep getting disconnects, especially during the evening...

    Right now my gf is on the 2.4ghz phone so I know it's not coming from our phone...

    Anymore ideas? :(

  6. mealto

    mealto LI Guru Member

    That is too bad. Almost anything can be causing the wireless drops. Check these things:

    1. Microwave not interfering with signal
    2. You have good signal strength? What decibals are you reading?
    3. What adapter do you have? Ensure firmware of adapter is updated with the latest version.
    4. If signal strenght is not optimum, you can look into increasing signal strength by building your own homemade antenna. This is a whole topic in itself so let's wait till we deal with teh above issues first.
    5. Worst case scenario, exchange it for a new unit. If possible, this is the easiest method to ensure the unit is in working order. The chances of both units being a lemon is unliekly.
  7. squirsier

    squirsier LI Guru Member

    Thanks a lot for the suggestions, I'll try them one by one during the next few weeks see if there's any progress. The microwave thing, yeah someone told me about that before but I forgot about it. It's not close to the Router but who knows, might wanna try positioning the router somewhere else again :)

    Thanks again, very helpful :)
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