Maybe. The Linksys BEFW11S4v4 is known to hang or act weird
erratically. I suffered with one for a while. Many other makes and
models (not just Linksys) will hang when running P2P file sharing
software (BitTorrent, etc). I've also seen routers hang when running
streaming video for extended periods. However, my favorite was when I
planted my DSL modem and router next to my desk lap power supply
transformer, and both would sometime hang when I turned the lamp on
and off. Lots of ways to make things hang.
As for why you have to keep rebooting? It's punishment for not
supplying the model number and hardware version of the Linksys router
with which you're having problems.
On Fri, 09 Feb 2007 06:48:32 -0500, Bob Willard
Really? Or a guess? Did the problem go away with a good UPS? Might it
have been something else? My own experience is that power glitches
(short of obvious interruptions or brownouts) are rarely a problem. If
there is a power problem, it's usually a defective power brick, a
problem easily solved.
Bob Willard hath wroth:
A few comments...
There's a big difference between the BEFW11S4 v2 and v4. The v2 is
stable while the v4 is flakey. I also suspected AC line glitches. So,
I ran my v4 unit off a 6V gel cell battery and do it myself battery
charger. That didn't help as it still hung erratically. If you
search this newsgroup for my rants on the BEFW11S4, you'll find the
history, tests, and final disposition. (I'm saving it for a burnt
offering to the radio gods in case divine intervention is required for
some future repair job).
Also, both the BEFW11S4v4 and the WRT54G/GS series can run on anything
between about 4VDC and 18VDC. Both models have internal switching
regulators with a fairly wide input voltage range. See photo at:
for my BEFW11S4v4 running just fine on 3.5VDC.
Observations based on sitting in my "lab" when the lights flickered. I have
one old PC that is *very* sensitive, and frequently hangs when the lights
flicker. And, a few times (maybe twice per year) when that old (canary) PC
hung, the BEFW11S4 also needed to be reset, but the other PCs in the lab
kept on chirping. My WRT54G has been rock-solid for two years.