|re: wanderer or anybody|
It definitely appears to be the router. To clarify what is exactly happening; when the problem occurs, my brother's computer which is the wired computer on the network that the router runs off of, has connectivity to the net and to the router. It is at this point that my laptop and other wireless devices cannot connect, which happens on at least a daily basis. In the past we would fix it by resetting the router by unplugging it, and that would usually work. What happens now is the router resets but then stops functioning after a minute or so, my brother's computer does not connect and the wireless devices do not even have the option of our home network in their respective menus. The router itself has different lights on it where it is quite easy to tell when it's not functioning, the modem does not even have to be hooked up for that to be clear. After several tries the router will usually hold its signal and will be fine for the rest of the day.
Do you think updating the firmware will make any difference? The only other question would be, could there be something on my brother's computer that could be causing the router to fail so quickly after it resets?