|I had several Linksys Routers that kept droppping out over a year. I always blamed the Router itself. But it was both the cable modem and the router. After changing both I have never again had a drop-out problem. BUT You Must First Isolate The Problem.|
STEP 1: Take these steps with 1 computer only <> hook up Modem to Computer directly <> (leaving out the router) then enter your IP, Mask, Gateway, and DNS, directly into Network properties, thus making a direct connection. Test that for a day or two. If it appears to have solved the drop-out problem, proof if it to yourself that is in fact the router that caused problems with the following step 2.
STEP 2: Hook-up the Router with ONE (1) PC only, between the modem and PC. Go to Networking and check mark DHCP (BOTH Obtain IP and DNS automatically) the prior entries you made should turn gray or disappear). You can either leave DNS blank or enter it. (Makes no difference). The router thus becomes the DHCP server. (I am making a presumption you understand Networking to a degree).
If you cannot connect reset your modem hold a paperclip in the pin-hole for a least 30 or more seconds. If that does not work, disconnect all, reset the modem by removing the Power cord for at least 10 seconds to 1 minute, then continue hooking everything back-up in order first by - modem -2- router -2- PC then push power button to boot-up the PC so that the computer can refresh itself and see the new connection.
At this point, if it is the router, then you will again experience the drop-out. Now that we have determined which device causes the problem, you have 2 solutions.
(1) If modem, return modem to your ISP for another.
(2) If router, then down load the latest BIOS and reflash the Router Bios. If the BIOS is already the newest, then reflash it anyway in order to reset the Router to beginning factory setup. DO NOT at any time setup wireless until you have solved the problem.
After you receive your new replacement product, use cable only for now with one PC, then hook-up the other PC's (one at a time). If all goes well, then you can hook-up the wireless. There are many more things that can go wrong hooking up wireless over cable, therefore it is imperative you can make a good wire connection first.
(At last be advised some carriers have bad connections at certain times of the day. Most normally after midnight when crews work at block houses & revamp routers. Call your ISP to learn if your area has work being done.}