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Continuously lose connection

I have a desktop ethernet wired to the WRT54G and use a couple of laptops in the house via wireless. Quite often the internet connection is lost and if I unplug the ethernet connections and power to the router, and then reconnect, I regain connection. Connection may be good for a day or two or sometimes I lose connection several times within the same day. What causes this and is there a solution so I don't have to keep doing this?? I never have to touch the modem.

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  • robinwalters Dec 16, 2008

    Thanks Joe. I certainly appreciate your advise and will give it a try. In the meantime your solutions indicate fixes for losing wireless connectivity, but I also loose connectivity through my desktop which is hardwired to the router. Advise?

  • rackda7878 Feb 05, 2009

    when i install the linksys router the link button light does not come on, and i dont have internet access at my lap top

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Intermittent Connectivity:
NOTE: Before following the steps in this article, check if your wireless computers have stable connection when connected to other wireless networks (hotspots).
This article assumes that all wireless computers are experiencing intermittent wireless connection with the Linksys router.
Frequent wireless disconnection can be caused by different factors such as:

  1. Wireless interference within the network.
  2. Wireless settings of the Linksys router are still set to default.
  3. Firmware is corrupted.
Reducing Wireless Interference
If you are experiencing frequent disconnection from the wireless network, it helps if you check the following factors, all of which can greatly affect your wireless signals:
your cordless telephone system (or even your neighbors’), or other nearby equipment. Try to change your router’s channel to 1 or 11 (the default channel is 6) and restart the wireless computers.
Physical obstructions: Your router or wireless computers may be losing connectivity because of physical obstacles such as walls and floors. Try to move the equipment to different locations to find a better link.

  • Placement of the router: Linksys suggests that you place your router as high off the ground as possible. When placing the router in a high location, leave a distance of two feet between the router antenna tips, ceiling, and wall. If your signal passes through multiple floors, place the router on the upper-most floor, and high up in the room.
  • Surroundings: Keep the router away from large metal objects, bodies of water (fish tanks, bathrooms), and any electrical equipment including television sets, microwaves, radios, etc.
Customizing Wireless Settings of the Router
Having default wireless settings on the Linksys router may cause conflict with other Linksys routers within your network range. Linksys suggests changing the SSID (network name) and the Wireless Channel of your router. Also, if it is possible, enable the Wireless Security of your router.
NOTE: If the wireless connection remains unstable after performing the steps above, upgrade the router’s firmware.

For the Firmware update go to :www.linksys.com
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe



Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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    JDTec Dec 16, 2008

    Then it can be that it needs a firmware update.



    Have you tried to reset it to default settings?



    Linksys reset

    The easiest method of resetting your Linksys router’s password is to reset your router back to the default factory settings. This is done by simply holding down the reset button located on the back of the unit for at least 30 seconds. Once the router has been reset, it must be reconfigured. Using your web browser go to URL addresshttp://192.168.1.1. You will then be prompted to login to your router. A log-in screen asking for the password will automatically appear. At this time enter the default password “admin”, in lower case letters into the password field. The username field may be left blank at this time. (Note: both the default username and default password are set to “admin” on some of the newer Linksys router models).

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Try another wall plug power supply. These power supplies are low cost build and become very unreliable after some time of use. The Power Supply is rated at 5V but can not sustain that when connected to the Router.
I had exactly the same problem. Once I found a replacement power supply that worked, I opened the original power supply and found a capacitor blew and had cracked open.
It turned out the capacitor was under rated causing it to blow. I then just for the fun of it installed a better and properly rated capacitor, and tried this power supply again with the router. It still works today after about a year or so.

Anyway, hope this helps.

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