Linksys WRT54G

May 15, 2009 at 17:19:22
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router that has been working fine for about 1 1/2 years. I have three desktop and 4 labtop computers regularly contected to the internet through this router and a Linksys BEFCMU10 Cable modem. Recently the internet connections have stopped working after about 24 hours, even though Windows (I am using both XP and Vista OS on different computers) reports that the signal strength is Very Good. When I tell Windows to repair the connection it is unable to get a new IP address. If I power cycle the router everything is working again within a few minutes. I had the same thing happen with my previous Linksys router. After 6 months of power cycling that router 1 or 2 times a day I replaced it with the current one and the problem went away for a year and a half. Is this normal? Is there a way to fix the router so that it reassigns the IP address reliably? Linksys wants $35 to help me troubleshoot the problem but I can buy a new one of these routers for ~$50. Should I just buy a new router? Should I buy a different brand? Thanks in advance for any help! Dave...

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May 15, 2009 at 20:09:03
Use static IP addresses instead. You only have 7 PCs. I don't know why everyone is in love with DHCP.

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May 16, 2009 at 06:01:51
First of all I would suggest to flash the latest firmware to your linksys router. This mostly helps.

DHCP is quite good for using it with client computers.
Static IPs are normally only used for servers or ip printers and something like that.

If DHCP isn't working properly, it shows to you, that something went wrong in your network system.

To use static IPs isn't the best solution for such problems and mostly woun't solve the existing problem.

Please send a reply, if you solved the problem !!!

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May 16, 2009 at 13:59:56
I agree with paulsep. See if there is a firmware upgrade for
your router and flash it.

What version WRT54G do you have?

You could also try clearing the NVRAM. From the
administration page, find factory defaults, and click clear
NVRAM. You will need to reconfigure the router again though.

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