Linksys Router slow startup

March 23, 2009 at 19:08:59
Specs: XP, AMD 5400 AM2, 2GB Co
Hello, I pulled out my old Linksys router that I bought a few years ago so I could connect my 360 along with my PC. However, when booting up either the console or my PC, it takes about 30 - 60 seconds to actually get online. I assume that it is searching for the network settings automatically or something before it can get online. It is getting kinda annoying since my PC is fast and I am always turning off my PC when not in use so having to sit and wait for it really sucks. My question is, do all routers have this problem or do the newer models connect online right away? I know for a fact that it is the router since I went without using one for years and I could get online the second my desktop loaded up. Thanks.

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March 24, 2009 at 07:40:28
However, when booting up either the console or my PC, it takes about 30 - 60 seconds to actually get online. I assume that it is searching for the network settings automatically or something before it can get online.

Yes, the pause would be for the device to get it's TCP/IP settings from the DHCP server in your router.

You could try recycling the power on the router. Which is to say, unplug it for 10 seconds, then plug it back in. Reboot the PC, does it acquire the TCP/IP info faster?

It is getting kinda annoying since my PC is fast and I am always turning off my PC when not in use so having to sit and wait for it really sucks.

That's really not that long a period of time. Try this next time you boot your PC or gaming console. Start it and go run and use the toilet....or go pour yourself a glass of juice or a coffee and then come back. Chances are your PC/console will be ready and waiting for you and you won't feel you've "wasted" so much of your precious time. Yes, I am rolling my eyes in my head at you!

My question is, do all routers have this problem or do the newer models connect online right away?

As much as you feel you need "instant gratification" you're just going to have to live with waiting from time to time. All DHCP servers require a bit of time to do their job. Just as the PC itself requires a bit of time to do it's job.

I know for a fact that it is the router since I went without using one for years and I could get online the second my desktop loaded up. Thanks.

Far be it from me, a mere Networking Professional to argue with someone with as extensive an amount of experience with networking, and network appliances, as you.....but I feel I have to tell you one thing.

Before getting your router, your computer went through the same scenario (ie: requesting TCP/IP information from a DHCP server and then waiting to get it and then once it recieved the info, configured it's interface with it before finally being ready to communicate on the network) only it did it with your ISP's DHCP server and you didn't notice because it happened during the bootup sequence and by the time you saw your desktop and were able to actually use the computer, it was connected and communicating.

I never have any issues with my computers at home. I shake my mouse and VOILA, I'm on the network and the internet. My secret you ask?

Simple, I don't shut it off.

If the wait time really really bothers you, stop shutting your computer off!


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