Solved Router power question

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September 10, 2011 at 14:55:55
Specs: Windows 7, 4gb
Lets say that your outlet produces only 50 volts and your router and modem needs 100 volts per device to run properly but still powers up (just putting this into perspective these aren't the right calculations), would this affect your internet speed? I know it would over run the outlet, but I'm running a timer so it resets every sunday so I can get the best results out of my linksys and modem and it can only hold about 120v or so?

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September 12, 2011 at 07:19:10
Well, for what it's worth..........

While waiting for budget approval for our enterprise wireless project here at work, I've been forced to make due with SOHO level equipment to provide a "guest" type, internet only, wireless network at work.

We were using D-Link access points but the darn things have been nothing but trouble. I've been replacing each one as it burns up with a Linksys WRT54GL using Tomato firmware.

In the 2 to 3 years I've been using the WRT54GL's (yes, the economic downturn has been a pain in my side too) I've come to appreciate them very much. I've had no trouble and of the 20 or so I have in service in 4 diffferent geographical sites I've yet to have to reset even one after a power outage..........and there have been more than a few in that time period.

While I readily admit, nothing is perfect, to give out blanket statments about a particular product with little or no hands-on experience of your own means you're just repeating someone else's opinion without knowledge to back it up.

That link you posted -madmax- was just the opinion of one or two people who's sum experience with the product in question is a grand total of one device. Big whoop!

Constrictor, you said, "Resetting does work though, but thanks for your answer" and I have to ask, "Works for what exactly?"

It won't improve internet speed.

Here's some advice for everyone who reads this.

Always, always, always use a surge protector or a UPS for any/all sensitive electronic equipment.

When I say "surge protector" I'm not talking about that $3.95 power bar you can buy in any hardware store either. Those do not provide surge protection. Even if they come with a little fuse in them, if a power spike occurs, enough of it can get through the crappy fuse to cause damage to your electronics before the fuse blows. So don't be cheap and buy a crappy, useless, power bar.

FWIW, I use UPS's which condition as well as protect. APC makes some excellent products and I highly recommend them. They make some that look like an oversized power bar and provide battery backup as well as protection against spikes and brown outs as well as a certain amount of conditioning.

While I do have every one of my WRT54GL's plugged into a UPS that I can, some aren't (and have never needed to be reset) and quite a few of the ones that are, have been powered down when an outage outlasted the battery (has happened a few times and again, I didn't have to reboot).

It's worth noting, I keep them up-to-date with the latest firmware whenever it comes out. This can make a big difference.

Oh and before anybody gets to thinking I'm an employee of, a shill for, or even a fan of Cisco products.........don't go there. I've replaced about 99% of all Cisco equipment in my environment and that's over 100 - 48 port managed switches. I am NOT a fan of cisco for many reasons.........but none of those reason's have to do with them making an inferior product.........they don't. Their equipment is darn good.......I just hate how they gouge on support and training and intentionally keep their equipment as hard to use as possible in order to force people to take their overpriced training. They used to be the only game in town. Now they're not and it's time they learned it.


It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***



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September 11, 2011 at 03:13:19
voltage doesn't affect internet access speed.

less voltage results in the power supply burning out.
It is referred to as a brown out condition.

resetting the router once a week accomplishes nothing. routers are meant to be on 7x24x365

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September 11, 2011 at 07:08:42
Resetting does work though, but thanks for your answer, linksys has a reputation of needing to be reset to maintain the best speeds as the router's performance degrades.
Its more of a power cycle not a reset.

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#3
September 11, 2011 at 16:11:15
Hello is your router a WRT54G if so its a common problem to have to reset.
have a read of this
http://homecommunity.cisco.com/t5/W...

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#4
September 11, 2011 at 18:45:12
Constrictor

If you live in the USA your household current is 120VAC@60Hz. This will not change unless your area is in a brown out condition due to heat related excessive electrical use. When there is a power interruption the router settings may get lost or scrambled.

Resetting (re-initiating) your router may occasionally be necessary but it is not due to your outlet supplying to little voltage.


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#5
September 11, 2011 at 23:46:52
I only reset if there is a problem. In the office 3 to 5 years. At home wired when there is a power failure. Wireless 1 to 3 months.

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September 12, 2011 at 07:19:10
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Well, for what it's worth..........

While waiting for budget approval for our enterprise wireless project here at work, I've been forced to make due with SOHO level equipment to provide a "guest" type, internet only, wireless network at work.

We were using D-Link access points but the darn things have been nothing but trouble. I've been replacing each one as it burns up with a Linksys WRT54GL using Tomato firmware.

In the 2 to 3 years I've been using the WRT54GL's (yes, the economic downturn has been a pain in my side too) I've come to appreciate them very much. I've had no trouble and of the 20 or so I have in service in 4 diffferent geographical sites I've yet to have to reset even one after a power outage..........and there have been more than a few in that time period.

While I readily admit, nothing is perfect, to give out blanket statments about a particular product with little or no hands-on experience of your own means you're just repeating someone else's opinion without knowledge to back it up.

That link you posted -madmax- was just the opinion of one or two people who's sum experience with the product in question is a grand total of one device. Big whoop!

Constrictor, you said, "Resetting does work though, but thanks for your answer" and I have to ask, "Works for what exactly?"

It won't improve internet speed.

Here's some advice for everyone who reads this.

Always, always, always use a surge protector or a UPS for any/all sensitive electronic equipment.

When I say "surge protector" I'm not talking about that $3.95 power bar you can buy in any hardware store either. Those do not provide surge protection. Even if they come with a little fuse in them, if a power spike occurs, enough of it can get through the crappy fuse to cause damage to your electronics before the fuse blows. So don't be cheap and buy a crappy, useless, power bar.

FWIW, I use UPS's which condition as well as protect. APC makes some excellent products and I highly recommend them. They make some that look like an oversized power bar and provide battery backup as well as protection against spikes and brown outs as well as a certain amount of conditioning.

While I do have every one of my WRT54GL's plugged into a UPS that I can, some aren't (and have never needed to be reset) and quite a few of the ones that are, have been powered down when an outage outlasted the battery (has happened a few times and again, I didn't have to reboot).

It's worth noting, I keep them up-to-date with the latest firmware whenever it comes out. This can make a big difference.

Oh and before anybody gets to thinking I'm an employee of, a shill for, or even a fan of Cisco products.........don't go there. I've replaced about 99% of all Cisco equipment in my environment and that's over 100 - 48 port managed switches. I am NOT a fan of cisco for many reasons.........but none of those reason's have to do with them making an inferior product.........they don't. Their equipment is darn good.......I just hate how they gouge on support and training and intentionally keep their equipment as hard to use as possible in order to force people to take their overpriced training. They used to be the only game in town. Now they're not and it's time they learned it.


It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
September 12, 2011 at 16:02:08
Curt R maybe the link was just a few users opinions but its the same as your post which is just one users opinion.

I could have linked to many more with connection issues with the WRT54G but just linked to one as an example.

In fact there was an official update on this router because of connection issues while on-line gaming (Firmware 8.00.7)

Of course i misread the topic and went way of track with connection issues when it was about reconnection and speed issues my apologies for that..


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#8
September 12, 2011 at 16:23:25
Thanks Curt, this answered all of my questions, I will look into a UPS/real surge protector and return my cheap timer.

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#9
September 13, 2011 at 07:29:09
-madmax-

Of course i misread the topic and went way of track with connection issues....

I know the feeling. I reread this and realized the OP was posting about a WRT54G and I'm talking about a WRT54GL. While there's probably not a lot of difference between the two models. There could be enough to really matter. Especially if the 54G has known issues.

All I know is, speaking solely about the 54GL, I've found it to be robust, durable and with the 3'd party Tomato firmware installed, very flexible. As I stated above, I've been using multiples of them for several years and while my opinion is still just that, my opinion. I'm sure you'll agree an opinion based on that kind of experience as compared to only ever using a single device, makes mine more valid.

But I digress...........again...........LOL

Constrictor

My pleasure, I'm happy to help. If I may say so, a UPS is always a better idea than just a suppressor. So if you can afford one, get a UPS instead of a suppressor. While a good suppressor can protect against suddend spikes, it can't condition power and protect against brown outs and total loss of electricity which a UPS can, and does do (as well as protect againsts sudden spikes).

My preference is for APC products. If you go look them over, you'll see they (APC) warranty their products in a fashion that convinces me they believe in their product. Typical warranty is lifetime warranty and coverage for up to something like $25,000.00 worth of equipment (plugged into their device) should their device fail. I've yet to have an APC device fail to do it's job.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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