Question about NetGear ProSafe FVX538 Firewall
I have a strange problem that started earlier tonight.I noticed that my net connection was down both WAN and LAN.So I decided to power down the router waited 60 seconds then powered it back up.Everything was working fine for about 5 minutes then the connection died again.When It dies I can not even access the router config page at 192.168.1.1.I also noticed that the LAN ports were no longer blinking.I removed the cables and the port lights stayed lit.
I decided to try and reload the firmware.I had updated to version 126.96.36.199 a couple months ago, but had no problems until tonight.After reloading the firmware,rebooting the router, and re-entering all my settings.It again worked for about 5 minutes until the LAN ports locked up again.
Next I tried doing a hard reset using the built in reset button.I booted the router back up re-entered all my settings.Guess what, things were fine for about 5 minutes until the LAN ports did their locking up trick again.
One last thing I tried was checking Netgear's support site to see if their were any firmware updates.There was one dated 5/31/08, version 188.8.131.52.18.I tried updating to this firmware, but with the same results.
I'm thinking that my router may be beyond repair,I could try going back to an earlier firmware, but I really don't think that will help.
I've had this router for about 4 years now,and it's been pretty solid.I really hope that I can salvage it.Has anyone else experienced anything similar to what I'm going through with the FVX-538 V2?
Router boots up but locked ports are most likely a bad capacitor You can tell the bad one is raised on top not flat. You may find a matching cap on a motherboard or other junk hardware you have around. Remove the bad one and solder the new one in place.
Router boots up but locked ports are most likely a bad capacitor
You can tell the bad one is raised on top not flat.
You may find a matching cap on a motherboard or other junk hardware you have around. Remove the bad one and solder the new one in place.
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