Can playing CoD4 game online kill ADSL router

December 25, 2010 at 04:25:55
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Core 2 Duo 3ghz/4GB
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?


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#1
December 25, 2010 at 09:26:55
Most unlikely that a game could destroy a router.
Have you also tried to reset the "died router" to factory default settings and configure the router from scratch?

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#2
December 25, 2010 at 09:49:22
I agree with paulsep,

How about backing up the router config file first, that makes it easier to restore the settings.

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#3
December 26, 2010 at 05:25:26
I have tried restoring the routers to factory settings, yes.

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#4
December 26, 2010 at 05:58:12
And, did it work?

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#5
December 26, 2010 at 07:49:01
Well, no. That's why I'm posting here.

"Resetting the router doesn't change anything - it's as if something's burnt out."


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#6
December 26, 2010 at 07:57:10
But this can't be caused by any game or program.

What's about the LEDs at the router?
Are they lit as supposed. E.g. the link LED, when you're connected by lan cable?

As you wrote, it's the 4th router. Is there a problem like overvoltage?

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