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Wrt54gl + torrent + vista + WoW


We have a Linksys WRT54GL v1.1 router, with Tomato 1.22. We use it 4 of us at the same time.

Two of us constantly using uTorrent, and one of us http, and the last one plays World of Warcraft. We got cable modem (speed is 2/1Mbit). QoS is on, 3 classifications, WoW is second prio. (Whether QoS is off doesnt matter.)

The problem started 5-6 weeks ago, till then there was no problem for a year, but we hadn't used the internet so intensively. But now, the router crashes regularly, and ping working with a 5/3 packet lost, very high latency, and even gmail is too slow to use.

If we MAC-cloak one computer, and connect to the modem directly, everything is ok. This problem comming to live around the late afternoon, and 3-4 hours later its ok again. But direct connection is always ok. (The router traffic graphs are good, wireless is off, only we are connected to the router by cables.)

3 XP and 1 Vista is connected to the router, all patched up with latest stuff. We turned off firewall, netlimiter, antivirus, defender, antispyware and everything else. I have tried to turn off Vista extra TCP features, turned off all the ipv6 and network discovery options, and file sharing on Vista - no reasonable success. I tried to set MTU with DrTCP on Vista from the non-set value to my router's 1500 default, and this worked for a week. But it wasnt the final solution. Yesterday it went wrong again around the usual time.

So my big question is, that my router is broken (7 month old), or i should try to use another firmware with QoS, or Vista should be replaced to XP, or something else? Is this crash problem a common, widely known issue?

Thanks in advance for your kind answer.

Best wishes,

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  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2008


    Thx for the advice.I have been testing my system for a few days. Linksys router is the main problem, as I see now ('cause it works with a 5yearold noname router atm, but i want to repair my linksys, dont want to dispose it if there's any chance.). I changed my Vista to XP sp3 and the problem still occurs. So op system is out of question. The router is doing the same with 3 different firmwares. So its some other problem. Maybe a gone-bad memory module? I noticed that the problem occurs when we use torrent heavily for almost 10 hours. I have read that linksys router has a small memory and keeping tcp connections open almost for a day (or 5 as some1 said in a topic), so I changed my tcp connection timeout from 3600 sec to 600 sec and udp as well. Nothing happens. When it crashes, only the "reset to default settings and clear nvram" method helps. So in short, not the op system nor the firmware is the bad guy. Maybe router and webstar modem sux together? But it was cool almost for a half year...
    Have no more ideas. If you have any, i'd be happy to read here.
    Thx in adnvance.

  • lingsbord Feb 11, 2009

    I have same problem and microtorrent says it's specifically these Linksys Routers that have this problem. The Router is fine, but the firmware causes P2P filesharing hosts/torrents to "hang". The solution apparently is to change the firmware, but the risk is that the router gets bricked. I'm just going to get someone else to download for me.
    Go to microtorrent website and FAQ for more info. Good Luck.



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Dear as you mention that you use broadband line which is provided to you on twin sharing basis and the problem occur is also at the pick time only. This mean that your provider who is providing you the broadband line might have share your line for some more clients or the client which is share with you use lot of bandwidth so you might get less. If this not solve your problem than try this. every day keep one system away from network and check the performance. There is possibility that one system keep sending lots of packet in the WAN network which caused the slow down. So if you trace such system in LAN kindly check the lan card or format it.

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