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    Netgear Router WGR614 V6

    I'm not sure where to post this but I'll start with it here since a Netgear router is a piece of hardware! I'm not sure what may have changed in my setup, but I started having trouble loading web pages in any browser I used on both PC and iMAC. I have been frustrated trying to figure it out (....beating on the "enter" key, etc. thinking it would speed things up.....) <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Finally, while <img src=/S/read.gif border=0 alt=read width=19 height=33> a page about another person's problems, it was mentioned that they should check for an update to the firmware for their specific router. <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23> I went to the Netgear website for my model and sure enough, there was newer/better firmware! I uploaded it to my router and now I am back surfing swiftly from page to page! So I thought I'd pass this information on to anyone having slow internet surfing or connecting problems, don't forget to check the equipment's firmware to see if it needs updating! It sure helped me! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Netgear Router WGR614 V6

    An excellent recommendation, Skitterbug and I'm glad it rectified your problem. I must admit to some surprise that a firmware update fixed a problem that more-or-less recently started (as opposed to the fact that it HAD been working fine). Usually firmware updates will fix "long standing" problems of some kind. Anyway, good that it helped you. Many people are very nervous about making firmware updates to hardware such as motherboards, routers and the like. I've (luckily) only had one motherboard update fail in all these years and fortunately Intel helped me get it restored. The key thing about firmware updates that cause most problems is a failure to follow the manufacturer's instructions explicitly and very carefully. Obviously, you did!

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    Re: Netgear Router WGR614 V6

    Hi Al,

    I've never tried updating a motherboard because I've never been certain I would pick the right firmware for the board that I have! And if I goof the MB update up, my computer would be toast! <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15> This will be an experiment I may try when I finally get a new PC and can play with the old one in a more challenging way! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    And based on my "feeling" about updating my motherboard, I can understand why the average user may be hesitant to do firmware updates on their hardware! I've done the firmware update to this router a few times since the Netgear people have put new ones out periodically so I wasn't hesitant to try it. I just forgot to check their site and I don't have that "auto update" feature for the router. In this case, I could have used a prodding.... although sometimes I find auto update announcements annoying when I don't want to do them! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    I'm not sure why my surfing became a slow crawl or when it really happened but it has been just these past few weeks that I've become totally frustrated and started pounding on the enter (return) key more than I should! So that's why I began a serious hunt for the cause of my slowdown! And happily, I've managed to find a "fix" for it! All's well in Skitterland....for now! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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