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My home wireless internet connection has been acting weird.......

z2g 9,931 June 18, 2011 at 02:04 PM
For the past week, my wireless internet connection at home has been acting up. I keep having to unplug the DSL modem to reset it. It's connected to a Linksys router which has been working great since I bought it about 3 yrs ago.

Is it a problem with the DSL modem or the Linksys router? How can I determine that?

When the connection does go down, I only have to power down and the power up the modem to have the connection again. After from 10 minutes to several hours, it'll be down again. The DSL connection is with AT&T and the modem is about 7 yrs old.

By the way, I tried connecting it via ethernet cable straight to my laptop too. And, I'm not getting any connection either unless I reset the modem!

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I been having problems with my wireless connection to my pc downstairs cutting out repeatedly for a couple of days. Today I went downstairs turned on the computer (it was still acting up) and unplugged the wifi adapter, unplugged the router/cable modem as well as shutdown the pc that was wired to it for about a good minute....I booted everything back up, plugged the wifi adapter back into the pc in the basement & to my surprise it was working for hours with no problems....so try those steps & see if it helps you.....
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I have had these issues in the past.

With the wireless, I connected the modem directly to my PC and things ran fine. I assumed it meant my router was dying. Getting a new router fixed that.

I also had an issue once where connecting directly to the PC didnt work and I would have intermittent connection issues. I assumed the modem was on its way out. Got a new modem and everything was fine.

Luckily I am on slickdeals or "experimenting" like that might be costly Wink
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Yeah, I had the same problem several years ago when I had a Netgear router. I got sick of it and bought the Linksys. That solved the problem until now. For the past 3 yrs with the Linksys router, I only had to reset everything maybe 1-2 times per year (if that).

I guess it's time to get a new router. Should I get the WRT54GL again? Or, should I get one of the newer N routers? There's a Medialink N router for $50 that's really highly rated.
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Quote from z2g View Post :
Yeah, I had the same problem several years ago when I had a Netgear router. I got sick of it and bought the Linksys. That solved the problem until now. For the past 3 yrs with the Linksys router, I only had to reset everything maybe 1-2 times per year (if that).

I guess it's time to get a new router. Should I get the WRT54GL again? Or, should I get one of the newer N routers? There's a Medialink N router for $50 that's really highly rated.
Your Linksys router is probably not to blame. Have you ever updated its firmware?

The MediaLink reviews on Amazon are very suspicious. Many of the reviewers have only reviewed products from MediaLink. That router is nothing more than a rebranded Tenda router which can be purchased for much less. See this thread. I tried submitting a review for the product to Amazon explaining this but the review never appeared.
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Quote from z2g View Post :
Yeah, I had the same problem several years ago when I had a Netgear router. I got sick of it and bought the Linksys. That solved the problem until now. For the past 3 yrs with the Linksys router, I only had to reset everything maybe 1-2 times per year (if that).

I guess it's time to get a new router. Should I get the WRT54GL again? Or, should I get one of the newer N routers? There's a Medialink N router for $50 that's really highly rated.
Belkin N600 Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router [amazon.com]
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Connect your computer directly to modem (remove the router) and the network result can tell if the problem exists either in you LAN/router or your computer/modem.

This type of thing can be as easy as someone uses your network for torrenting or as hard as the modem or the router's AC adapters are going bad.
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Connect your computer directly to modem (remove the router) and the network result can tell if the problem exists either in you LAN/router or your computer/modem.

This type of thing can be as easy as someone uses your network for torrenting or as hard as the modem or the router's AC adapters are going bad.
Yeah, I tried it and I couldn't get a connection even wired. But, I'll try it again. So far since last night, the connection has been fine.

I'm now suspecting that it may have to do with one of my web cams that I use as a nanny spy cam. It's wireless and may be affecting the wireless connection. It's on a timer to turn on/off on days we're at work. Lately when the internet connection goes down, it's on a day that the camera turns on. Last night, I turned that camera off altogether and the internet connection has been fine.
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It appears to be the router. After being on the phone with Att for over an hour, we did a hard reset on the modem and it's fine now. However, the Linksys router still doesn't work. I tried resetting it and redoing the entire setup again. But, it still is not working.

Anyone deal with Cisco/Linksys for warranty issued before?
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Had same problem....learned a lot from this thread. Actually solved the problem!! It turned out to be the DSL cable. I had just happened to buy a cheap DSL cable from Meritline when it was on a deal. It just HAPPENED to come today, by some fluke, before I even knew I needed it. DSL had not come back on, spent a ridiculous 2 hrs on the phone with AT&T. They scheduled an at home visit for two days from now. :-(

Before I called them, I'd done the usual stuff: checked for a dial tone, unplugged and replugged phone line, hard reset on router, reboot laptop, blah, blah, blah. Even tried direct connecting DSL to laptop. Nothing worked. AT&T call was a big time-waster. Thought of the replacement plug, switched it out, problem solved! Very thrilled low-tech girl here.

Thanks to all who contributed to the thread, it helped me a lot. nod
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