router/modem compatibility

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by amdx, Nov 29, 2014.

  1. amdx

    amdx Guest

    Hi all,
    I recently had a thread where I was contemplating dropping the rental
    modem from WOW, and purchasing a Cisco DPC3010. I did that.
    I have had the modem working for 1 a month now and as time passes I seem
    to be having more and more dropouts. It seems that resetting the router
    (a Linksys WRT54G v 5) brings things back online. This is especially
    frustrating when I'm in bed listening to my internet radio and need to
    get up to reset the router. The dropouts also happen when surfing the
    internet and checking email.
    (If I were just a bit more paranoid I'd say the cable company is
    punishing me for not renting their modem anymore.)
    Any thoughts other than buying a new router (after all the linksys is
    only 8 years old)
    Is there a log I can look at that details the dropouts?

    Thanks, Mikek
    amdx, Nov 29, 2014
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  2. The WRT54G v5 and v6 are seriously lousy routers. Lots of problems:
    I've done somewhat better using DD-WRT (mini) firmware with the v5 and
    v6 routers, but only slightly better. It still tends to hang wireless
    connections and is guaranteed to hand with more than about 4 wireless
    connections. The WRT54G v5 was dropped from this list:
    but as I vaguely recall, it was the very bottom of the list with only
    a few connections.

    I suggest you give up, break into the piggy bank, and buy something
    decent. My favorites for this week are various Asus wireless devices
    (mostly RT-N66U). The local power company has killed a few wall
    warts, but the routers are doing just fine.
    Actually, I just like the porcupine look.
    Jeff Liebermann, Nov 30, 2014
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  3. amdx

    amdx Guest

    Hi, Jeff,
    I somehow deleted your post from my newsreader and don't know how to get
    it back. Trust me, there was no Freudian thing involved in me deleting
    your post! :)
    Oh God!
    Of course they are already out with a newer model of the RT-N66U, the
    RT-AC66U. What was the problem?

    PS. if I get a new router, what do I do with the three Wrt-54G's that I
    have, I don't really want to treat them like the two that I've been
    storing for years.

    Reminds of a quote from Fred Imus Brother of Don Imus.
    "I was happiest when I could get everything I owed in my 69 Chevy"
    amdx, Nov 30, 2014
  4. amdx

    amdx Guest

    I went ahead and ordered one, $108 - $20 rebate if I do everything right.
    amdx, Nov 30, 2014
  5. amdx

    Char Jackson Guest

    I use a few old wireless routers as switches and/or access points.
    Char Jackson, Nov 30, 2014
  6. I just hate it when that happens. You could check Google Groups.
    Ummm... While 802.11AC will get you even more speed, it doesn't offer
    anything more than speed. If you have some application that needs
    lots of speed (i.e. real time uncompressed HD video), yeah, 802.11AC
    is a good idea. Otherwise, don't bother.
    I donated a bunch of WRT54G routers to a ham radio group interested in
    throwing together a mesh network.
    When I get around to cleaning up the office again, I'll probably box
    up the remaining WRT54G routers and also donate those. Too bad
    they're not an official charity so I can't deduct the donation.
    There was a time in my life when literally everything I owned could be
    thrown into my truck and driven off into the sunset (leaving my
    problems behind). I actually did that twice. The end came when I
    bought a water bed and furniture.

    More recently, several of my customers have moved and downsized,
    leaving me with the excess goodies. I took everything with the intent
    of sorting through the mess as time permits. The office now looks
    like a recycling center, with no room to work.

    Yesterdays treasures is today's junk.
    Jeff Liebermann, Dec 1, 2014
  7. $108 is the refurbished price. Not a problem. I tend to buy
    everything refurbished if possible and have had few problems. However,
    check the warranty terms. They might be different from the
    non-refurbished models.

    You might want to read the review at:
    You may have wasted a few dollars on the 802.11AC feature. See the
    first two paragraphs of the review. Nowever, note that the review
    was from Aug 2012 and things may have changes since then.
    Jeff Liebermann, Dec 1, 2014
  8. amdx

    amdx Guest

    I didn't get the AC model, I purchased the RT-N66U.
    People seem to be happy once the get the software update, I hope this
    late in the game it comes updated with software that works out of the box.
    amdx, Dec 1, 2014
  9. Nope. Every router that I've bought in the last year or so has
    required a firmware update[1]. Please consider updates a fact of life
    for internet appliances. It's quite simple with the Acer firmware. I
    suggest you have the utilities and firmware images handy when you
    initially set it up:

    [1] One exception was several refurbished Linksys EA2700 routers from
    the Linksys online store. They all had up to date firmware because of
    the muddle in going from Linksys -> Cisco -> Belkin branded firmware
    and the fizzled Cisco "cloud" managment attempt. They're not fabulous
    routers, but they're cheap at $30.
    Jeff Liebermann, Dec 1, 2014
  10. amdx

    miso Guest

    People rant about this brand:
    I've been using a Buffalo that runs DD-WRT.

    Updates are a good thing.
    miso, Dec 2, 2014
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