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Chip Sawyer <[log in to unmask]>
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Technology Discussion at UVM <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 27 Jan 2006 07:48:21 -0500
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I also had a router that would periodically drop wireless machines back to
an inactive 169 IP (which is the hardware default, right?)

Anyway, Stef, does restarting the router have the same fixing effect as the
re-saving that you've been doing?  It has been explained to me that a router
running encryption is more likely to conk out of supporting the working IPs
now and then, and a low-tech way of avoiding having to restart the thing on
a daily basis is to hook its power cord up to a simple timer (that you can
buy at a hardware store) set up to power off and on the router in the middle
of the night (or whenever you're actually not using the computer).


On Thu, 26 Jan 2006 16:35:37 -0500, Chris Moran <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Quoting Stefanie Ploof <[log in to unmask]>:
>> Harjit and David,
>> Thanks to you both for your suggestions!  I forgot to mention that I did
>> the firmware upgrade already.  I'll generate new keys, then resetting
>> router if that doesn't work, then referring to Linksys if nothing works.
>> :)
>My wrt54g is about to become a frisbee it angers me so much.
>Every few weeks it takes a week off from working correctly then goe
>back to normal operation. I've contacted linksys multiple times. I'm
>about to call cust serv for an RMA on the damn thing.
>Their tech support will tell you any combination of these things:
>Power down the dsl modem
>Unplug the router
>Leave both unplugged until you stop pulling out your hair
>Plug dsl back in, then router
>They will ask if you have the latest firmware.
>(an aside, REMEMBER to save your router settings to a local machine so
>when you reset and upgrade the firmware, you should be able to get back
>to your normal settings.
>Their oem firmware sucks. I got fed up and installed one of the custom
>ones, which lets me telnet to it (ssh doesn't seem to work properly)
>which is good because with my current problems, sometimes just telling
>it to "reboot" will do the job (for a few minutes at least).
>I have a v1.1, so I don't know how different it is form the v5,
>especially the firmware.
>I'm afraid to get this one RMA'd and get the new one that also doesn't
>work or doesn't have a decent firmware to upgrade to (especially since
>I like to assign my DHCP IPs via the router according to mac address,
>like the d-link routers allow out of the box)
>> On Thu, 26 Jan 2006, Dhaliwal, Harjit wrote:
>>> I have encountered many Linksys routers recently with hardware issues.
>>> Some have not worked directly out of the box.  Opened up one not too
>>> long ago and found bulging capacitors on the board.  In any case, try
>>> resetting the router, and do a firmware upgrade.
>>> Good luck.
>Chris [log in to unmask]"no comment"
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