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Faulty Router or PC


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carlalwalker

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iv had 3 different routers now and they've all done the same thing so im beginning to think its something im doing wrong. i set up a network for 2 computers and my laptop and it all works fine for about 3 or 4 days sometimes longer and then it justs goes wrong.

they seem to stop giving me ip addresses and i can no longer get a default gateway using command prompt or acces the routers homepage.

the adsl light and lan lights are all still on the only light that isnt is the wan light.

im using windows xp and currently a dlink wireles router but this has happened with previous routers too.

iv been on the phone for hours to dlink and they couldnt help me so please can someone give me a clue!!!!!!
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Facedown98

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Hi. Have you tried resetting the router and modem? (unplug power)
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yes i have rebooted by unplugging power have also tried reseting it with a paper clip in the back but that doesnt seem to do anything
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Do all the computers lose access, or just one? If all, it sounds like your modem is frying your routers.
If just one, then it's a computer side issue.
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must have been the router because i took it back to the shop and changed it for a belkin and thats been fine. just wondering tho can downloading a lot cause a router to stop working because i looked in the event viewer and it had tcp/ip reached max limit or something
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No, downloading has nothing to do with it. First off, why the [bleep] are you using 3 routers? Thats what switches and hubs are for. Are all 3 acting as your DHCP server and Gateway? If so, then thats why. They are broadcasting so much traffic its probably just lagging the crap outta the network.

Establish a game plan.

1. If you want to keep all 3 routers, copy down all their IP's
2. Go into each page, check to see what i mentioned above. IF they are, make sure only <b>1</b> is acting as the DHCP.
3. Check your cables. If you dont have a cable tester, try swaping out using known good cables.

That will fix your problem. Also, trying pinging all 3, as you said you may have a defective router or CAT5. Next time get switches :whistling:
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They're not using 3 routers, they've had 3 different routers fail.

Yes, downloading can flood it out, but should not be able to cause serious damage. Downloading through peer to peer (torrents or other software) can overflow the router when you have more than a set number of simultaneous connections, depending on how much RAM the router allocates to the table (usually low on consumer end routers). Normal downloading, such as from websites, should never cause any problems.
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XP SP2 has default connections set to either 3 or 5 I believe.

What type of routers were they? Also, maybe assigning static route tables would do the trick. This would segment which part of the network is causing all the traffic by making all traffic always go a certain path.
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hi thank you all for your help bought a belkin after the last time it happened twice with the d-links and it has been fine since. iv also stopped using bittorrent and just stick to general p2p software. this seems to have worked because it has been fine and hasnt even disconnected like the other used to.
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