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Internet connection timing out (possibly due to old Linksys router)

Discussion in 'Networking' started by JEazy86, Oct 28, 2011.

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  1. JEazy86

    JEazy86 Thread Starter

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    As of lately, my Internet connection has been constantly timing out after a long period of inactivity and I believe the reason for it is my wireless router, which is a Linksys WRT54G. In order to connect my laptop back to the Internet, I have to unplug my router then plug it back in. This router is about 5 years old; do I need to replace my current router with a new one or is there a way I can reconfigure its settings so it doesn't keep timing out?
     
  2. Frank4d

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    It is probably something not related to age, so I wouldn't buy a new router yet (FWIW, I use an 11 year-old Netgear RT-314).
     
  3. TerryNet

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    11 year-old router? No wonder our country is still pretty much in a recession. To the mall my friend and buy, buy, buy. :D

    I agree that the router's age is immaterial, but a lot of wireless routers do seem to die off by about year 4 or 5 or 6.

    More to the point, make sure you have the latest firmware; then reset it to factory default settings and reconfigure it. The "hard" reset sometimes coaxes it into behaving.

    Is the computer losing connection to the router or is the router losing its connection to the modem/ISP?
     
  4. JEazy86

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    The computer keeps losing its connection to the router. The modem works just fine.
     
  5. TerryNet

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    You said this happens "after a long period of inactivity." Are you sure your computer is not dropping the connection? Maybe powering down the adapter? Does this happen with ethernet or Wi-Fi or both?
     
  6. JEazy86

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    I'm connected by Wi-Fi, so I've not yet tried this with Ethernet. What I meant by "a long period of inactivity" is I'll sign off the Internet for a while and the next time I get back on, my browser won't load any web sites because there is no connection between the computer and the router. Like I said in the first post, the way I fix this is to unplug then plug the router back in. And I'm honestly getting tired of having to do that.
     
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    What do you mean by "sign off the Internet"?

    And when you "get back on" to what are you getting on?
     
  8. JEazy86

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    What part of that didn't you understand? When I log off my Internet browser (mainly Firefox, sometimes IE) and then get back on hours later. There is no connection.
     
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    And I've just tried to hook up my laptop directly to the modem and it doesn't even load any web sites. It says "limited to no connectivity".
     
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    These guys are here to help you Bub, remarks like the one you gave will get you absolutely nowhere, If you have noticed you have not gotten a response since then, Gotta be smart ???
     
  11. JEazy86

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    What did I say that was so wrong? He asked me what I meant by "signing off the Internet" and "getting back on" and I told him.
     
  12. JEazy86

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    So what's up, y'all gonna help me or what?
     
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    During this time when you are not using the browser does the computer Sleep, Standby or Hibernate?

    Should we assume that you've done the router reset to factory defaults?
     
  14. JEazy86

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    The computer is on standby. And yes, I just reset the router to default settings last night and I'm still getting the same results.
     
  15. TerryNet

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    It's not uncommon for networking to not work after the computer awakens from Standby. Make sure you have the latest wireless driver, as this sometimes helps. With a different adapter or different router the problem may go away.

    When I had that problem I would disconnect (easiest with an integrated wireless adapter is to just switch it off) before Standby and then reconnect afterwards.
     
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