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Old July 17th, 2010, 08:07 AM
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I am having frequent wireless connectivity drops with my Netgear router. This has gotten progressively worse in the past nine months. The router was bought new from Best Buy several years ago.
Powering off and repowering the router (reset) resolves the problem until it reoccurs.
Connectivity drop outs frequency ranges from several minutes to a few hours, along with IP conflict errors.
The router is set to use DHCP addresses

I have one desktop PC connected directly to the router with typically up to three laptops connecting along with a Wii and Roku (Netflix) box.. The number of Laptops in uses varies during the day and all PC’s are running Win XP. The WII and ROKU are used at random times, sometime not at all.
The frequency of connectivity drops occur varies regardless of the number of devices in use at any given time.

There are other wireless routers in my neighborhood. Of those I can see, mine and one neighbor are on channel 11, the rest are on channel 6.

This past week I reset my router to the factory defaults and reconfigured it, the problem still occurs

The router is configured for MAC filtering, I changed the SSID from the default and setup WEP encryption. I realize WPA would be stronger but some of my older hardware predates WPA.

I have looked through the “Super-G (108 Mbps) & 802.11g (54 Mbps) Routers” forum and have not found any real solutions to others that seem to be having similar problems with their router dropping out.

Any information would be appreciated as I am considering replacing my Netgear router. Below are settings noted on the Router Status page.


Netgear Product: WGT624 v2
SN:WT64149AG002814



Information from Router Status page:
Account Name WGT624
Hardware Version V3
Firmware Version V4.2.11_1.0.1

Internet Port
MAC Address 00:0F:B5:20:41:1c
IP Address 69.126.28.212
DHCP DHCPClient
IP Subnet Mask 255.255.252.0
Domain Name Server
167.206.251.129
167.206.251.130

LAN Port
MAC Address 00:0F:B5:20:41:1C
IP Address 192.168.0.1
DHCP ON
IP Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0

Wireless Port
Name (SSID) Atlantis
Region United States
Channel 11
Mode g and b
Wireless AP ON
Broadcast Name ON
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Old July 17th, 2010, 09:52 AM
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replace power supply and test if you got spare power supply..
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I do not have access to a spare power supply.
How would the power supply be related to loss of wireless connectivivty? When the drop occurs the router still has power.
The power supply is plugged into a surge protected and not a basic power strip.
The router setup regarding it's location has not changed. It has not been relocated since it's installation.
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Lack of power can make internal wireless to fail

This proven fixed for many user in the past
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Where would one find a replacement power supply?

Is there an effective way to test a power supply to determine if it is defective?
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Where would one find a replacement power supply?

Is there an effective way to test a power supply to determine if it is defective?
depends on where the region but local eletronics place is one place.
off course WG614 is like $40.00 so I would not spend much

you can test voltage but you also have to find out amperage.

worth case is bad internal wireless in the router (NOT replaceable).

most people own wireless router for few years can see issue with bad internal wireless or bad power supply.


at last check channel interference
http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider

1,6,11 is choice for channel
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Is it possible that the WGT624v2 router is being over loaded by network traffic?

The router has one deskto pc connected directly at all times. During a typical evening there are additionaly 2-3 laptops accessing the wireless network and occassionaly streaming video via netflix Roku box.

Being that the router is about 5 years old +\- Is it possible this router's technology can't handle the traffic?

I'm kind sceptical that the power supply is defective. I'm looking at upgrading to a Netgear WNR3500L as I'm also looking to add a laptop with an N band wireles adapter.
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You will be surprise power supply can do wonder

You are assuming ant not acting so if you need to buy new router instead then maybe you should
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