Why does my wireless router keep dropping connectivity?
August 12, 2014 6:33 PM Subscribe
My Linksys WRT54G router keeps losing internet connectivity, even though the wireless seems to be fine. Halp?
posted by Ms. Toad to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have a several-years-old Linksys WRT54G router. I have two Mac desktops, a Mac laptop, a Chromebook, an iPad, and two iPhones that regularly connect to the wireless network. Lately, every couple days or so, the internet connectivity goes down. The actual wireless network is fine, all the computers can connect to it without a problem, and Network Preferences shows that it's connected to the internet, but nothing loads.
I'm quite certain it's not the cable modem since all other internet-connected devices work fine. Plus, the one thing that does get it working again is to reset the wireless router, then re-input the network name and password, which is what I've been doing.
Occasionally, I get the "another computer is using this IP address" error but it doesn't seem to coincide with connectivity going down.
I've tried updating the firmware but it didn't help. Same with changing the Local IP address.
Those are the two main things I've tried, and I've exhausted all the Google searches I can think of.
Is it time to get a new router or is this fixable? I'm sure more info will be needed, but not sure what else I might need to provide right now.