WRT54GX version 2.0 strange connectivity issues

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Nomad60, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. Nomad60

    Nomad60 Network Guru Member

    This is a really strange problem I'm having with my WRT54GX version 2.0 router:

    I bought it about 2 months ago and it's been working ok up until 2 weeks ago. I do a lot of downloading from usenet and subscribe to 2 different pay servers, Usenetserver and Newshosting. About 2 weeks ago, I started having issues where the downloads from either server would stop for up to 10 minutes at a time, and then start up again. This happens every 20 minutes or so. BUT - while this is happening, I can ping both serves just fine, and also receive and send email, browse the web etc with no problems. My motherboard has 2 built in NICs, an Intel and an Nvidia and I tried both of them, same results but if I plug my modem directly into either one, bypassing the router, I get good, steady downloads from usenet. I haven't changed anything in the router setup so I can't imagine what could be causing this.
    I have the router connected via RJ45 cable to my computer, and it's also set to mixed mode for my daughter's wirelss NIC. It's not an issue of bandwidth because I have a 12Mb VDSL line and even when downloading from usenet, I can only utilize around 6Mb of that.
    One other minor issue with this router, every 4th or 5th time I turn on the computer, I have no internet connection and have to power the router off and then back on, then my connection is ok.
    Any ideas what the problem could be?
  2. Nomad60

    Nomad60 Network Guru Member

    Well, it's definitely the router that's causing the problem. This afternoon I hooked up my old WRT54G to test and everything went smooth - as a matter of fact, my download speeds increased by around 1Mb and I had none of the stalling I experienced with the other router. Just to make sure, I hooked up the WRT54GX again and sure enough, after 15 minutes, donloading stalled for almost 10 minutes, then picked up again.
    Now if I could just figure out what the problem is...do I have a bad router, or is there some setting that's causing it?
  3. Mabroor

    Mabroor Network Guru Member

    Did you do a firmware upgrade recently?
  4. Nomad60

    Nomad60 Network Guru Member

    Actually yes, but the problems didn't start until about 1-2 weeks after the upgrade. Hmmm wonder if I should drop back to the previous firmware, if it's available somewhere...
  5. beowulf777

    beowulf777 Network Guru Member

    You should be able to find the old firmware here. Be careful however because the names are not clear, so you really need to know what you are looking for.
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