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    Router Setup Slow or not Responding

    I have a Linksys WRT54G router that got reset somehow and I'm trying to get it set up again. I have changed the SSID and the login password and that has been saved fine. I can log into the router without any problem using my laptop that is cable connected to the router. Earlier today I was able to move from one screen to another in the router interface without much problem except that it seemed very slow to me. Now I can't even get it to change screens! I need to change the passphrase for the wireless connections. When I select a different screen from the one it opens on it doesn't respond for a while and then it starts to paint the new screen but never finishes.

    Is this a sign that the router is dying or is there some other explanation?

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    Bill, does it respond slowly when accessed from another PC? If so it points to the router.

    Open a command prompt and run "ping IP Address", where IP Address is the router. What are the response times? 1 ms or similar is good, much more than that is not so good. If the ping response is good, but the internal web server is still slow, try a power cycle and perhaps another factory reset. I have seen some routers that are incredibly slow to respond to web page requests which are resolved by a power reset.

    Incidentally, do you know how the router was reset in the first place? If it was a random incident and the router was somehow returned to factory settings, it may well have a fault.
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    I haven't tried accessing the router setup from another PC but I did start working correctly later today! The last time I tried this morning, I tried to change from the opening screen and it filled-in some fields on the screen and then froze. I let it sit for several hours and it never changed. I closed the browser and tried the ping you suggested and it took 1ms. Then I tried logging into the router again and it worked fine! I had powered down the router a couple times over the 24 hours that I was having trouble and that never seemed to make any difference.

    I don't have any idea what caused it to be reset in the first place. I remember one previous time when it appeared to have been reset. That was several years ago.

    I probably should start thinking about getting a new router.

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    Bill

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    Bill: I suggest that if you have a wireless router, you should replace it every so often, because your router security will get outdated after several years.

    Also, a newer one will probably be faster than one which is several years old.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I need to learn more about the capabilities of modern routers. I'll probably get a new one before too long.

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    Bill

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