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Master Geek

Topic # 93851 30-Nov-2011 22:27
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Hey all,

Having some issues with my TP Link WR1043ND. I am not sure, but I think it may have started when we had a sparky at out house who would have switched power on/off at the mains.

The problem - wifi is very unstable, sometimes it connects, sometimes it lets me use the internet/network but most of the time it either doesn't connect, or doesn't let me have any access.

What I have tried
- Playing with wireless channel to ensure it is not interference
- Factory reset
- Different kinds of authentication/SSID/passwords
- Firmware upgrade

Does anyone know what other things I can try before I bash it with a hammer? Is there a good tool I can download to analyse what is going on with it over a couple of hours?


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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 552245 1-Dec-2011 13:03
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Do you find that your wireless devices won't connect to it over time and you have to reset the router in order to restore service?  If so, then I've recently started experiencing the same issue.  For a few months it was rock solid, and then I started experiencing issues without making any changes.  I've tried all the same things you have and they haven't resolved the issue...

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 555730 9-Dec-2011 03:31
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it seems that you've done all the work around needed to fix it. might as well get a new one. Well, i guess you can still use the TP link switch function =P.


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  Reply # 555764 9-Dec-2011 08:35
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Have loaded DD_WRT on this and then gone back to stock due to a feature not working. Anyway, it seems pretty solid to me.

When doing the flashes above, I would employ the 30-30-30 reset. Give that a go as it might reset something deep in the configuration that's causing a problem.

With the unit powered on, press and hold the reset button on back of unit for 30 seconds
Without releasing the reset button, unplug the unit and hold reset for another 30 seconds
Plug the unit back in STILL holding the reset button a final 30 seconds

Worth a shot anyway.

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  Reply # 556962 12-Dec-2011 14:16
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Plug it in ethernet and try update the WLAN card in device manager on your computer

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Master Geek

  Reply # 557226 12-Dec-2011 22:22
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I took it into the shop today (PBtech) and they said the hardware was fine. He said that my firmware update had not gone through completely and he had fixed it. They apparently had it up an running for a few hours in the shop this afternoon (using dynamic IP instead of static which I have to run with telstra cable). 

I can't get it to run well tonight at home. I can at least now connect reliably to the wireless. It just seems to not give me Internet access on the wireless. There seems to be some connectivity intermittently but most of the time it seems that the DNS is not resolving.

GRRRRRRRRR. Almost to the point where I want to give up.

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  Reply # 557384 13-Dec-2011 12:18
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Check the Telstra WAN settings, especially whether the DNS is right and try with/without the router's DNS cache.

Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^

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