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WGR614 Netgear Router consistantly dropping all connections

We've had this wireless router for over a year and recently it has been a nuisance only for the last two months and I've been searching for weeks for a solution but at the peak of my frustration I am nearly giving up.
There are 3 computers in this house with wireless connections; 2 pc's, a laptop. One other laptop connects directly into the router through its LAN port, so there's a total of 4 computers.
The problem occurs when I connect my vista 32-bit home premium laptop (with a broadcom 802.11g network card, ew) wirelessly to the router. Works great, but after 5-45 minutes not only does my laptop lose connectivity, but all the others in the house as well, INCLUDING the laptop connected through the LAN port.

-First thought is that there is a network storm and the router gets exhausted. But 90% of the time only 2 computers are connected simultaneously. I've even tried disconnecting all the computers except mine but still, just that one laptop causes the router to crash.

-Second thought is that my vista laptop's wireless card is bad. I take my laptop everywhere. School, coffee joints, friend's house, church, hours at a time and there's no problem.

-Third thought, someone's firmware or drivers are out-of-date. However, everything is up to date, I've triple checked this on both the laptop and the router.

-Fourth thought is that it's just Vista. I've had this computer for a year and a half and I have had absolutely no issues with it, except this of course. (My laptop is the only Vista OS in the house btw. All others are XP)

-Fifth thought, move closer to the router. But my desk is 8 feet from the router. These problems even happen with 90% signal strength.

-Sixth thought, get a new router. Hrmph, only if I HAVE to.

Everytime the connections are dropped the wireless radio light turns off, but the internet light is still on. The only way for ANY of the computers to reconnect is to unplug the router, let it sit for a minute, then plug it back in. As long as the vista's wireless switch is off, nothing is disturbed. We've tried resetting the router's factory settings, renaming the DNS, rolling back its firmware, setting fixed IP's, and figure THIS out--> I have even connected my vista laptop through its lan port to the router and after 20 minutes all internet in the house gets knocked out again. I've turned off firewalls, all program controls, and even chceked the event log, and NOTHING has given any reason as to why this nonsense is happening.

I can post more detailed info about my vista laptop's network with ipconfig through command prompt, but I'm at the point where I am scared to even turn on that laptop's wireless switch, especially now when I am on the kitchen's computer writting a long post and I don't want to write this all over again. If you need it reply to me and I'll get it to ya. =)


When it comes down to it I don't believe it's a vista/WLAN driver problem since it only occurs when connecting to a WGR614 Netgear Router. Any help would be trumendously appreciated.

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  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2009

    I have had this router for 4-5 years (I think) and never had a problem until this past year. I typically have 1 desktop computer (XP) hardwired to the router, a slingbox hardwired to the router, a work laptop (XP) wireless and wii wireless and most recently home laptop (Vista 64-bit) wireless.

    I find that I was only having issues when connecting to the VPN with my work laptop (wireless) the router stops working, and needs to be plugged to work again. This does not happen if the same laptop is hardwired.

    But now I'm finding that the new laptop (Vista 64-bit) shuts down the router in the same way after being connected for a while.

    I think that the router is acting oddly, so I will probably upgrade.

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Same exact problem. I have had this router working without a hitch for over 4 years, it started acting up about a year ago. Initially it was a dropped connection occasionally say once every 15-30 days, and now it can be as frequent as 5 minutes. Home has 2 wired desktops running Win-XP, and a Win-XP laptop, plus occasional use of my work laptop also running XP-Pro. No changes to anything except after getting really annoyed I got the latest firmware (ver 2.0.19_1.0.19) hoping it will solve the problem, but no luck. The latest - many times I cannot connect to the router browser webpage - have to wait for 10-30 seconds. Looks like the router has developed some hardware problems (circuit aging ??).
Netgear website has this issue listed under FAQ - http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1134/c/3/p/15,21,164,215,239,/r_id/166
But the suggestions here are useless, nothing works.
I am in the market for a new router, any suggestions for models that do not have this issue would be appreciated. I really dont care for the performance, since we really use it for internet access, not for network within the home.

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Probably an issue with the DCHP broadcast flag in Vista. See the following article - I would recommend doing this first, if you have not already done so:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/928233

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