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Hi all,
  I recently had a thread where I was contemplating dropping the rental  
modem from WOW, and purchasing a Cisco DPC3010.  I did that.
I have had the modem working for 1 a month now and as time passes I seem  
to be having more and more dropouts. It seems that resetting the router  
(a Linksys WRT54G v 5) brings things back online. This is especially  
frustrating when I'm in bed listening to my internet radio and need to  
get up to reset the router. The dropouts also happen when surfing the  
internet and checking email.
  (If I were just a bit more paranoid I'd say the cable company is  
punishing me for not renting their modem anymore.)
  Any thoughts other than buying a new router (after all the linksys is  
only 8 years old)
  Is there a log I can look at that details the dropouts?

                                  Thanks, Mikek

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The WRT54G v5 and v6 are seriously lousy routers.  Lots of problems:
<http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/26843-linksyswrt54gv5reallyisalousyrouter
<http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/26843-linksyswrt54gv5reallyisalousyrouter?showall=&start=4
I've done somewhat better using DD-WRT (mini) firmware with the v5 and
v6 routers, but only slightly better.  It still tends to hang wireless
connections and is guaranteed to hand with more than about 4 wireless
connections.  The WRT54G v5 was dropped from this list:
<http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/bar/77-max-simul-conn
but as I vaguely recall, it was the very bottom of the list with only
a few connections.

I suggest you give up, break into the piggy bank, and buy something
decent.  My favorites for this week are various Asus wireless devices
(mostly RT-N66U).  The local power company has killed a few wall
warts, but the routers are doing just fine.  
<http://www.asus.com/us/Networking/Wireless_Routers_Products/
Actually, I just like the porcupine look.

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amdx (for it is he) wrote:

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Use the management interface of the router to restart it. If the router is  
regularly at the point where it's management interface isn't responding,  
then either update the firmware, replace the PSU or replace the router.

--  
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 from malice


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On 11/29/2014 2:05 PM, amdx wrote:
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  Hi, Jeff,
I somehow deleted your post from my newsreader and don't know how to get  
it back. Trust me, there was no Freudian thing involved in me deleting  
your post! :-)
  Oh God!
  Of course they are already out with a newer model of the RT-N66U, the  
RT-AC66U. What was the problem?
                            Mikek

PS. if I get a new router, what do I do with the three Wrt-54G's that I  
have, I don't really want to treat them like the two that I've been  
storing for years.

  Reminds of a quote from Fred Imus Brother of Don Imus.
"I was happiest when I could get everything I owed in my 69 Chevy"

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On 11/30/2014 12:41 PM, amdx wrote:
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  I went ahead and ordered one, $108 - $20 rebate if I do everything right.
                                                Mikek

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$108 is the refurbished price.  Not a problem.  I tend to buy
everything refurbished if possible and have had few problems. However,
check the warranty terms.  They might be different from the
non-refurbished models.

You might want to read the review at:
<http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/31841-asus-rt-ac66u-80211ac-dual-band-wireless-ac1750-gigabit-router-reviewed
You may have wasted a few dollars on the 802.11AC feature.  See the
first two paragraphs of the review.   Nowever, note that the review
was from Aug 2012 and things may have changes since then.  



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150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
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On 11/30/2014 9:20 PM, Jeff Liebermann wrote:
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  I didn't get the AC model, I purchased the RT-N66U.
People seem to be happy once the get the software update, I hope this  
late in the game it comes updated with software that works out of the box.
                                Mikek

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Nope.  Every router that I've bought in the last year or so has
required a firmware update[1].  Please consider updates a fact of life
for internet appliances.  It's quite simple with the Acer firmware.  I
suggest you have the utilities and firmware images handy when you
initially set it up:
<http://www.asus.com/Networking/RTN66U/HelpDesk_Download/


[1]  One exception was several refurbished Linksys EA2700 routers from
the Linksys online store.  They all had up to date firmware because of
the muddle in going from Linksys -> Cisco -> Belkin branded firmware
and the fizzled Cisco "cloud" managment attempt.  They're not fabulous
routers, but they're cheap at $30.
<http://store.linksys.com/Routers/Linksys-Refurbished-EA2700-DualBand-N600-Router-With-Gigabit_stcVVproductId149471029VVcatId543906VVviewprod.htm



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150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
Skype: JeffLiebermann     AE6KS    831-336-2558

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Jeff Liebermann wrote:

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People rant about this brand:
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I've been using a Buffalo that runs DD-WRT.  

Updates are a good thing.
  

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I use a few old wireless routers as switches and/or access points.


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I just hate it when that happens.  You could check Google Groups.
<https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en #!topic/alt.internet.wireless/ccYdVkdsksQ>

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Ummm...  While 802.11AC will get you even more speed, it doesn't offer
anything more than speed.  If you have some application that needs
lots of speed (i.e. real time uncompressed HD video), yeah, 802.11AC
is a good idea.  Otherwise, don't bother.

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I donated a bunch of WRT54G routers to a ham radio group interested in
throwing together a mesh network.
<http://www.broadband-hamnet.org
When I get around to cleaning up the office again, I'll probably box
up the remaining WRT54G routers and also donate those.  Too bad
they're not an official charity so I can't deduct the donation.

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There was a time in my life when literally everything I owned could be
thrown into my truck and driven off into the sunset (leaving my
problems behind).  I actually did that twice.  The end came when I
bought a water bed and furniture.

More recently, several of my customers have moved and downsized,
leaving me with the excess goodies.  I took everything with the intent
of sorting through the mess as time permits.  The office now looks
like a recycling center, with no room to work.  

Yesterdays treasures is today's junk.


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Jeff Liebermann     jeffl@cruzio.com
150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
Skype: JeffLiebermann     AE6KS    831-336-2558

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