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After 30 min connected to the internet I am dropped from the internet. It says I am still connected to the Linksys router. It sems that It is timing out. What to do? Do I need to download new firmware?

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  • tomhancock Jan 28, 2009

    I have a DSL connection to the internet via earthlink and my desktop computer works this connection. I connect along with my wife and son via the Linksys router. I am fine. My computer connects well through the Linksys and I am never dropped. But for some reason my wife and son keep getting dropped the awhile. They can only reconnect after I recycle both the DSL modem and the Linksys router.
    -I am never dropped (Sony Vaio Laptop)
    -Wife is dropped after awhile (Mac Book)
    -Son is dropped after awhile (Toshiba Laptop)

    What's going-on?

  • tomhancock Jan 28, 2009

    With the 3 Laptops, they are all wireless and the desktop (iMac) is connected via ethernet.

    Why would my wireless connection never drop whereas my wife and son's do? How would I fix ip address problem?

  • Dave Dieter
    Dave Dieter May 11, 2010

    what type of internet connect do you have. i am using rcn cable 1 way. which is cable in dial up out(2 seperate modems) it horrible and always disconnects especially if i have alot of download activity.

    if you show a connection to your router than the router is not the problem. if you have now internet that is a problem with your internet provider or modems. hope this helps


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Check the "keep alive" settings in your router, there is usually a choice between having it constantly "pinging" to keep the connection open, or letting it disconnect when it has been idle for awhile. Make sure it is set to "keep alive". The wording may be different but it will be something along these lines. Go in your browser to the wireless router's configuration page (i.e. ). Depending on what brand router you have this ip address will vary, consult your documentation for which number is used.
Changing these settings may also help...  Wireless Router Configuration - Advanced Wireless Settings

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    Allan Claunch Jan 28, 2009

    I ran across someone recently having a similar problem in a network forum I belong to. It turned out with them their ISP was using same ip address subnet on their side as the user was on their side ( i.e. both were using 192.168.200.X ) which was causing similar problem, his pc never dropping out but several of the macs were. You haven't described each connection, are they all wireless, wired, mixture?

  • Allan Claunch
    Allan Claunch Jan 28, 2009

    His explanation on his scenario was... the routing tables were getting confused because there was an ip address conflict. I don't know what type of scenario you have and this is unlikely the case, it was just a shot. If you have your wireless router set to DHCP (serve out ip addresses as needed) and you have your computers set to DHCP (asks to be assigned an ip address) then you would not have an address conflict. If you have static numbers assigned then this could be the problem if you had the same number assigned twice. You haven't mentioned your particular model of wireless router, there are certainly some firmware versions buggier than others which would cause this but since you have one always staying connected it seems unlikely and upgrading firmware right now would just add another variable into the troubleshooting mix. Does the wired one always stay connected as well as your wireless?

  • Allan Claunch
    Allan Claunch Jan 28, 2009

    Some possible things to try:

    1. If you are using DHCP in your wireless router make sure the "Maximum Number of DHCP Users:" is set to at least 4 preferably higher (sometimes IPs take awhile to be freed back up into the pool).

    2. If you are using DHCP set the "Client Lease Time:" to 0 minutes (means one day).

    3. See if perhaps the energy settings on the problematic machines are set where they sleep or hibernate after 30 minutes, try turning this off to see if it corrects.

    4. What is the exact model of your wireless router?

  • Allan Claunch
    Allan Claunch Jan 28, 2009

    I also forgot to ask if perhaps your wireless computer is closer than your other family members, if they all have good signal strength.


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