Rocker, I have a WRT 54GS router on a DSL link at home. I've got a wired desktop and two laptops all running XP. My problem is that the router loses connection to the Internet every 15-30 minutes requiring me to recycle power to reestablish communication with the Bellsouth network. It is a series 6 machine and I've loaded the latest firmware. No effect. I'm ready to toss it into the weeds. Any ideas? I've seen on various blogs that this router exhibits this symptom frequently.
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Re: Loses connection constantly
Ok, I;ve been having the same problem as you and I just had it solved. Make sure that it isn't on bellsouth's end and make sure the modem is running correctly. It should most defenately not be the router. Call them for support.
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If you have a wireless router and it is connected to the DSLor cable modem then -
To connect to your wireless router, the router needsits wireless settings to be configured with the SSID, encryption key etc., alsothe wireless cards in all the laptops/computers needs to be configured withthese router's wireless settings. Then the laptops/desktop computers cancommunicate with your wireless router and access the Internet via the DSL or cable modem.
Make sure that your computer is able to go online through the modem. If your computer is not able to go online through the modem then you will need to call ISP first. If your computer is able to go online through the modem then you need to connect the computer to the router and the modem to the router. open the set up page of the router and change the settings of the router according to the ISP.
Have you tried plugging it into each of the four ports? If so I would agree the unit has died. If you don't want to let go you could check to see if a fimware update is available and see if that resets it.
So you've done everything I've suggested already - and yup, it's definitely the router.
As I mentioned before, the DSL modem may well be quite fussy about the MAC address it sees, so if it's been successfully working with your PC, it might need 'refreshing' (normally done with a reboot) to get it to work with the router.
I'm running out of suggestions - would it cause any problems to carry out a factory reset on the Linksys router, and installing the latest firmware? Or even, perhaps try one of the many alternative firmwares that are available (I'm using DD-WRT - http://www.dd-wrt.com) and see if that works any better?
I've carried out all kinds of reconfigurations with my two WRT-54Gs, and they're quite resilient to being played about with... I really hope some of my suggestions help you get it talking to the internet again!