I have an old Linksys (wired) router. I have never had any problems up until about a week ago when I couldn’t access the internet. The internet was showing as connected and the internet connection troubleshooter showed no errors but no web pages were loading. Strangely, I could send outgoing emails through Outlook but I couldn’t receive them!
When I bypassed the router (connected straight to the modem) I could connect to the internet just fine which proved to me the problem was with the router. I tried playing round with the settings on the router page (192.168.1.1) and also rebooted the router several times but had no luck. I then gave up on trying to fix it and for the rest of the day just used my phones internet connection with my laptop (usb tethering).
At the end of the day I went back to try and fix the problem but was surprised to see the connection had fixed itself (I could access the internet through the router again). That was a week ago and the problem has occurred 3 times since. There seems nothing I can do to fix the problem when it occurs – I just have to wait until it fixes itself! Does anyone have any ideas what the problem could be? I personally think it’s a hardware problem as the router is 4/5 years old now but I would rather not have to replace it if replacing it can be avoided.