router death: twice!

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Steve, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    My second router is reaching the end of its life! Looking to hear what
    routers people with heavily loaded ADSL connections use...??

    A bit of history:

    My first ADSL router which I got a couple of years ago, a 3com OCR612, had
    problems regaining ADSL synchronisation when the connection dropped. Also
    it crashes reasonably often - maybe every 2-3 days.

    The next router, which I got about a year and a half ago, is a Solwise
    SAR-110. Worked fine at first (although I've never had any luck with the
    web interface - it always stalls: luckily it's got a (cryptic) command
    line interface where I can do administration).

    Unfortunately for the last couple of months it's been dying slowly - it
    locks up, with the time-to-lockup decreasing by the week. We're now down
    to something like roughly 6 hours between lockups, which is very annoying
    - have to go running through to the server cupboard and
    disconnect/reconnect the router power every time.

    We actually just use the router as a ethernet-connected modem: we've got a
    small public IP block, so one public IP is assigned to a server which does
    NAT, firewalling etc for the rest of the network, so all I need the
    router to to do is connect to my DSL provider and route traffic between
    its phoneline and ethernet interfaces! Keep It Simple!

    The connection is shared between some computing students, so it's fairly
    heavily used (both upstream and downstream). So if anyone out there has a
    router which you've just plugged in, thrashed around a bit, and haven't
    had any hiccups from the router, I'd be very interested to hear what the
    router is!
    Steve, Nov 12, 2004
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    Bob Eager Guest

    I think they're a bit more expensive, but my router has been faultless
    for the last two and a half years. It's not been switched off in that
    time, bar two occasions when I've been working on the main power intake.

    Zyxel 645R. Single port router.
    Bob Eager, Nov 12, 2004
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    Linker3000 Guest

    DDDDDDD..Draytek 2600+

    Not the cheapest..but very reliable.

    Plus you can do individual port throttling so no-one can hog the bandwidth!

    Linker3000, Nov 12, 2004
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    Dan Wood Guest

    This was a known bug that 3com never bothered to patch...
    That's interesting. I've got an SAR-110 and it's been fine but my mum also
    has an SAR-110 and it was doing exactly what you describe. We updated her
    firmware to a later version and it's been solid ever since. The weird thing
    is that my router with the 'old' firmware is still fine. Must be something
    to do with different ADSL line conditions or something. Anyway, if you
    haven't already tried the latest firmware it could be worth a shot. (We got
    it from )


    Dan Wood, Nov 13, 2004
  5. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I see you're also a customer: I'm guessing you were in the same
    situation as me!

    Yes, the ADSL sync problem was a firmware bug, but it locks up every
    few days as well as having problems regaining sync with the exchange
    (which isn't something that happens too often, as the connection is
    relatively rarely down).
    I'll give it a go, thanks! I did try upgrading the firmware once upon a
    time (the 190303 release), but it killed my router! Had to send it back to
    solwise, they reflashed with the original firmware for free. Hope I have
    better luck this time!

    Steve, Nov 13, 2004
  6. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Just an update on that: firmware update worked, but had another crash
    earlier today - looks like it didn't help, unfortunately.
    Steve, Nov 14, 2004
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