Networking & wireless forum: Need to power-cycle my router almost every other hour or so

by: matthewginniem October 26, 2006 2:22 PM PDT

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Need to power-cycle my router almost every other hour or so

by matthewginniem - 10/26/06 2:22 PM

My latest router is a Linksys 54G, but this is an issue that's plagued me for as long as I can remember, across different types of routers from Linksys to D-Link to Buffalo and more.

Essentially, no matter how good the router I own, it will eventually start having connectivity issues that can only be fixed by power-cycling the router. It's always the same symptoms. My computer(s) start to lose net connectivity gradually, until they can finally not connect to anything at all. I can't even get into the router webpanel to reboot the router. I have to unplug and replug the router to reboot it.

This seems to happen most frequently when the computer is idle. I can play an online game (like a MMOG) for an hour or two with no issue. But if I leave the connection to sit idle for a while, it'll eventually conk out.

I'd always thought I was just buying bum routers. Because whenever I'd replace them, the problem would go away. But I'm on my third or fourth router now, and the issue is still cropping up. I was fine for months on end with my Linksys, but now it's gotten to the point where I need to power-cycle my router every time I want to connect to the net.

This is frustrating to say the least. Does anyone know why this is happening? The router is plugged into a power strip with a few other devices, but nothing major. It sits beside my printer, but this issue affects computers plugged directly into the router (such as my desktop) as well as computers connecting over wi-fi. So it can't be an interference issue, can it?

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