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Old 12-26-2007, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone using one? My mother-in-law has one of these because it was on sale at Staples a year or two ago for $55 with a $50 rebate (hard to go wrong with a $5 router.) It's on 1.52.02 (the latest) Firmware. Sometimes it connects just fine and works great, other times I can't even see the router when I scan for networks until I reset it. Then it'll last for a few minutes and drop or work for a couple hours then drop. I ran accross a newer firmware (1.52.06) but it's not really supported by Linksys and not listed on their site for being the latest. Just wondering if anyone else out there is using one of these and having much success with wifi/UMA.
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I've got that router. The firmware version she's running has a known issue with streaming video and audio, but I don't believe it to be related to the problems you've described. Her particular issue sounds more like a channel problem to me. I had problems with my connection dropping and then coming right back.... and often times it couldn't renew the IP number so I'd get an unusable connection until I power cycled the router. Some say this is due to newer cordless phone frequencies in use within a fairly close proximity to your router. I don't have a cordless but there are several units in my building.

I would try the following, until you find a channel that keeps your connection alive;

Go to the admin page on your router (192.168.1.1) and go to the wireless setup tab. From there, change the wireless channel until you find one that works for you. There are 11 channels, but I've found that 5 works best in my environment.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the info. I actually replaced it with a WRT54GS. It wasn't worth the trouble, especially when I'm not always around to reset it for her.
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Good call; I'm replacing all 802.11b only routers I come across ... it was good at one time; just not now.
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For $5 we got our money's worth!
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