Funny WiFi router glitch

October 26, 2016 at 10:46:49
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I have a Sprint "MiFi" WiFi modem/router which connects to the Internet
via 4G cellular wireless. I've used it with an Android 4.4.2 tablet and a new
Android 5.0.2 Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone. The two devices
use completely different browsers -- I believe one is made by Google and
the other by Samsung. On both devices, occasionally when I try to go to a
web page, instead of getting the page in the link or that I type, I get the
logon page of the modem/router. It happens rather often -- maybe one
out of forty or fifty attempts. And when it happens, it usually persists for
another two or three or more attempts to go to either the same page or a
different page that I haven't yet gone to in the session. (I think it doesn't
happen when I hit the Back button to return to a page I just visited, where
the data would be in the cache. Not entirely sure, though.) It doesn't seem
to happen at random, but I haven't been able to discern a pattern. It always
comes as a surprise, and getting it unstuck is equally unpredictable. I just
keep trying until it goes to the right page. As best I can remember, this has
been happening ever since I got the modem/router late last winter.

Any idea why this would happen?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
October 26, 2016 at 15:58:49
Dunno but if you haven't yet done so already power off the router for about half a minute. I've known that fix some quite odd router issues, not always affecting every device. Then there is the reset which is a bigger gun, usually a pin hole in the router.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
October 26, 2016 at 16:42:36
Try using the CCleaner app.

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#3
October 26, 2016 at 21:36:39
I only have the modem/router turned on while I'm using it. That
means it is usually on about 2-5 hours a day. Although it tends to
disconnect and turn off on its own pretty frequently, so it might be
cycled on and off half a dozen times a day.

I used CCleaner on my Windows 7 computer. I either didn't know
there was a version for Android, or knew but forgot because I didn't
find any place to download it other than the Google Play Store. Just
now I kept looking and found the current version at APK4Fun.com.
I downloaded it but haven't installed it yet.

What do you expect CCleaner to find? I keep this tablet pretty clean.
I don't delete the browser history, because I think that also deletes
the bookmarks (does it?), but that's about the only thing I don't clear
out by hand rather frequently.

Can CCleaner for Android selectively delete individual cookies, like
it does in Windows? That will be really neat if so.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
November 4, 2016 at 22:40:32
I see that not only does CCleaner for Android not handle cookies
individually, it doesn't even mention cookies. I presume that it does
clear cookies en masse, either along with clearing the cache or along
with clearing history. The Android browser Settings allow the user to
clear cache, history, or cookies.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
November 7, 2016 at 09:05:10
After repeated cleanings, unexpected jumps to the router
home page are still occurring. They are more frequent than
I previously guesstimated. More like one in 20 attempts!
Still no discernable pattern, but they don't seem random.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#6
November 7, 2016 at 13:34:21
Could be the router itself playing up.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
November 8, 2016 at 07:50:03
I very much doubt that, but I don't actually see what you mean.
What do you think the router could be doing? It *is* a bit like the
router is too lazy to go looking for yet another web page, so it just
spits out the one that is easiest to find. Typically it happens pretty
quickly. There is no long pause before something times out.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#8
November 8, 2016 at 09:27:42
Just that as it is the routers home page then it seems the router itself is a possible culprit. The inner workings of a router are complex so just how it might glitch in such a fashion is not something I could comment on.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#9
November 17, 2016 at 10:26:56
This is still occurring at the same frequency. I suspect that
it first starts when there is no immediate response from the
ISP, or maybe from the cell phone tower, but the delay is not
usually very long. Shorter than a typical 404 page not found.
And as I said, once this happens it will almost always happen
again two or three or more times as soon as I tap the same
link again. This happens even when the signal strength
indicator is unchanging at 4 bars and I'm not moving the
tablet around.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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