Small business here and we just installed new modem and router now we have more problems with it kicking guests off internet we have done everything in our power and still we have created more problems.
I've experienced this problem once before at a hotel that I had as a client. And ironically it was with a linksys router. However after a month of troubleshooting this issue I finally replaced the router with my preferred brand which is Netgear, and amazingly had no problems. No first what I try to check for is a patch cable maybe or the internet cable going to the wireless router. Not saying that it will solve it, but you can always start there, it would be hadr to give an exact solution as I don't know how the setup is, could be other factors invovled.
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I'll venture a guess that some file sharing or such activities are going on, using up the three guest IPs. I'd suggest upping the number of guest access in the router to something like 10, then taking it down from there. Perhaps don't broadcast SSID if you want to ensure someone is leeching your internet bandwidth, and share the name (SSID) only with your friends/guests.
when sharing internet connection, it's all about sequence when turning it on... Sequence in regard to what's turned on first, second etc... Here's the solution: 1. Turn everything off... modem, router...computers etc.. 2. Turn on the wireless router FIRST and let it boot up. 3. Then turn on the modem and let it cycle up... This allows your modem to lock onto the wifi router. 4. Turn everything else back on... You should be good to go without drop outs...
If the power goes out, simply follow this sequence... It's all about the sequence!!
verify AT&T if your modem have built in router, if does disable the DHCP server from second router, if you are using wireless, change the channel to 8 instead of 6, maybe you have neighbors using the same channel.
Sounds like it might be a bad USB dongle causing the problem. Have you tried another USB port on your computer to rule out a faulty dongle?
The other problem might be a faulty CAT-5 cable. Make sure that the cable is not be stepped on or rolled over by a chair. It is very easy to break the wires inside the cable and still get connections off and on.
Check these solutions and let me know your results.