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    WRT54G Losing Config

    Good Morning Everyone,
    I have a question regarding a Linksys WRT54G that has been in service for several years without any problems, until now. The router has wireless and ethernet connections. One of the ethernet connections is to another access point in another area of the building to provide wireless to areas not reachable by the main router. The router is connected to the DSL bridge through a switch; on the switch is another Linksys router, an RVS4000, that serves the VPN for a server that is here as well as a VOIP business telephone. Other items on the WRT54G are a Vonage VOIP telephone (personal use), my main home office PC, etc.

    Lately, for reasons unknown the WRT54G just loses it's ability to pass through data, either wired or wireless. Doing a hard reset (with the reset button on the back) and then reconfiguring the settings brings it back for 2 or 3 days and then the process repeats.

    I'm wondering if the router is approaching end-of-life and should be replaced or if there could be some other factor. These routers are not expensive but I hate to replace it if there is some other reason for this behavior.

    Thanks a lot for any thoughts; much appreciated. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: WRT54G Losing Config

    The trouble with cheap devices like these is that there is viratully no way to do any investigation when things go wrong like this.

    I have replaced a number of home switches and routers that have had similar types of symptom because I couldn't tell what was going on when they weren't working - it's frustrating but what else can you do?

    StuartR

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    Re: WRT54G Losing Config

    Once you have reconfigured it, does it survive a power down of (say) five minutes?

    As Stuart states, debugging a hardware failure is pretty futile. It may only take the expiry of a 2 pence/cent capacitor to render it useless. If you have ruled out more obvious solutions, I think it is safe to assume it has expired.

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    Re: WRT54G Losing Config

    I'll have to check with the turning it off for 5 minutes idea. Frankly, I don't know since it's on all the time. Both you and Stuart are correct, these things are cheap. I frankly don't know if the more expensive routers are really any better, or worth the extra expense. For that matter, I'm not familiar enough with the variuos products to know what better router I would want to obtain.

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    Re: WRT54G Losing Config

    > I'm not familiar enough with the variuos products to know what better router I would want to obtain.

    For a home setup you are best using cheap devices and throwing them away when they break. There is a HUGE price difference between a cheap dumb device and a managealbe one with built in high availability features.

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    Re: WRT54G Losing Config

    You convinced me, Stuart!

    Thanks for the input. I sincerely appreciate it!

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