Why reset a router?
August 16, 2006 7:19 PM Subscribe
Why is my Internet connection better after resetting my router?
posted by Brian James to computers & internet (19 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
My internet connection is through a cable modem, which is generally pretty good, but after several days--particularly if I've been doing lots of p2p downloading--web browsing gets sluggish. FireFox says at the bottom that it's "waiting for connection" longer than usual. This doesn't affect the bandwidth at all. Once a connection is made, everything pops up fine. It seems to have to do with making page requests, DNS lookups, that kind of thing. But after I restart my router (by unplugging the power), everything is much snappier.
I've got two questions. What, exactly, is happening to my router that is making it slow down after a while? Second, is there anything I can do about it short of getting a new router? And if I did buy a new one, what should I look for to see that it doesn't have the same issue?