|I'm on my 4th router since October. The pattern seems to be - I play Call of Duty 4 (CoD4) online for a few hours, close it and go back to reddit. Then, chaos. The router starts dropping the connection randomly, occasionally, just once a day or so. Utorrent's traffic graph shows when the drops occur. Then over a week it gets more frequent, til eventually the router just refuses to authenticate with the ISP. Get a new router, set it up, problem doesn't appear til I fire up CoD4 again. Resetting the router doesn't change anything - it's as if something's burnt out.|
The wierd part is this only began a couple of months ago. The first router that died was a Belkin that's been running fine since 2006, with hundreds of hours of CoD4 clocked up. A Tenda from ebuyer replaced it, and that died within a week. Sent it back, ebuyer agreed it was borked & replaced it. Didn't play any games on the new one for a month and it worked great - then I installed CoD4, played for half an hour, the connection dropped mid-game and the router started killing the connection til it just wouldn't connect any more. I also play L4D/2 and Borderlands online, but the pattern of router destruction only seems to match when I play CoD4. It doesn't seem to matter what PC/laptop I play on, nor whether it's connected via ethernet or wifi.
Now ebuyer are reluctant to replace the 2nd faulty Tenda and I'm using the free router sent by BT, terrified to play anything in case it dies too.
tl;dr - Is it possible for a game to destroy a broadband router?