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Master Geek

# 18321 6-Jan-2008 19:47
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Hi Guys, I know this has been covered in old posts just hoping someone has come up with a solution (aside from buying a new router) since then.   My router is a version 5, using the latest Linksys firmware (v1.02.0) and there are four PCs (2x wireless, 2x wired) and an X-Box (wired) connected.

I'm having problems with my router randomly dropping the internet connection.  I can fix it by restarting the router (don't need to touch the cable modem) and everything is fine for a time.

One thing I've noticed is the connection did not drop over the week long period my flatmates were away and only one computer was switched on and connected.  Is this just a coincidence?   What is the cause of these disconnects, is it just the fact the router is bad fullstop, or is it more an incompatibility between the TC network and the router? (I ask because if it's the latter then I could give it to some ADSL connected friends)

It's kind of an annoying problem as when things are working the router performs well, and the time between disconnects varies widely. Any ideas that might improve situation are greatly appreciated :)

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  # 103206 6-Jan-2008 21:08
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Load the Mini / Micro version of dd-wrt (  On the site talks about how to hack the VxWorks and upgrade it to the dd-wrt version.

The linksys firmware is renound for being rubbish, and when the moved from Linux to VxWorks (as part of going to the V3+ rev 54G's) it got worse, dd-wrt however I have never had a problem with the router.

Most probably the problem is caused by too many NAT translations being managed by the routers NAT tables.  Running apps like BitTorrent/Skype setup heaps of connections to heaps of different systems on the internet.

Otherwise get a WRT54GL and load up the full version of dd-wrt and your problem will be solved.

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Master Geek

  # 103224 6-Jan-2008 23:38
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Thank you for your response.   It's interesting that you mention bittorrent may contribute to overwhelming the router - that would certainly explain why everything was fine until the flatmate got back.

I will try the micro DD-WRT firmware and report back  Smile


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  # 103267 7-Jan-2008 09:54
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Disinfo: Thank you for your response. It's interesting that you mention bittorrent may contribute to overwhelming the router - that would certainly explain why everything was fine until the flatmate got back.

I will try the micro DD-WRT firmware and report back Smile

<smirk> disconnect his network connection and see things improve... or just ask him to not run BT/Skype/other P2P systems during the hours that you are using the internet.

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  # 103387 7-Jan-2008 17:52
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There is a setting that you can change in dd-wrt so that it handles torrents more sucessfuly.

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