BEFSW11 experiences? What's more reliable?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Mr. Land, May 13, 2004.

  1. Mr. Land

    Mr. Land Guest


    I've been running a BEFSW11 for over a year now, and was wondering
    what experiences anyone else has been having with this unit.

    I use this router to share a DSL connection among 4 LAN'd machines and
    1 laptop with a WPC11 card. It is configured to use PPPoE. I have
    port forwarding enabled to allow outside access to various services I
    am running on some of the LAN machines.

    My router has no version number...I think that means it's the first
    hardware version Linksys made. I am running the latest firmware
    available for this hardware version.

    This router locks up on a regular basis, I would estimate twice a
    week. I cannot correlate any specific activity to these lockups...I
    will just periodically lose connectivity to the Internet. Cycling the
    power to the router always cures the problem.

    I have noticed that I can reliably lock it up if I establish a
    wireless connection to the laptop, then try to use VNC from the laptop
    to remote control one of the LAN machines.

    Is anyone else experiencing anything like this with this model? Or
    other hardware revisions of this model?

    In a similar price range, is there another router that's generally
    considered more reliable (D-Link, Netgear, Zyxel, etc.)?

    Thanks for any info/advice...
    Mr. Land, May 13, 2004
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  2. Mr. Land

    Bob Willard Guest

    No version number means it is a V1. My V1 has been running for about
    three years, and locks or hangs or disables the WAN roughly every two
    months; usually a simple reset (via the button) cures things.

    There have been reports that the BEFW11S4 is sensitive to AC power
    glitches. My results may be better than yours because mine is run
    via a line conditioner.
    Bob Willard, May 13, 2004
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  3. Mr. Land

    reh Guest

    Just to be sure of the version #, log into the router by your browser
    http://<router ip>
    The version may show at the password sign in.

    Anyway, I bought this model, ver 4 about a year ago and had nothing but
    trouble. Finally, they put out a firmware 1.50.10 that fixed all the
    problems I had. No lockups. Also, if this doesn't help, go to and see if there is anything there to help.
    reh, May 16, 2004
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