Hi guys, I'm having a big issue with this router. It continually stops broadcasting the 2.4 signal. I've restarted it three times this evening. I just updated to the .334 FW from the .318 (I think! Can't recall, just did that 15 min ago).
So what happens is it'll be working great and then I'll loss internet. Check my connection, yep my SSID is missing from the list. Go upstairs (I'm never more than ~20 ft from the router) and the 2.4GHz light is off. Unplug, wait, plug in. Boom, internet works. Until it doesn't. Sometimes it'll be good for nearly a week, but usually I do this at least every other day. Sometimes like today, many, many times. I've tried changing channels (busted out wifi analyzer to determine the best one, currently on 11). I've tried changing the wireless mode. It was unusable with the earlier FW's (I cc'd my Amazon review below).
Can any of you gurus help?
"I'm reviewing this router after having owned it for a year. Mind you, it's only been in real use for 3-4 months. That's because when I initially purchased it to replace my longtime Netgear router, it was unusable.
I'm pretty tech savvy and did a proper bit of research to determine what was the best router available and most everyone agreed that this RT-N56U was it.Setup wasn't too bad, but not as simple as the Netgear. But it was impossible to hold a connection for more than a few minutes. I tried all different channels and settings, tried to connect through my HP laptop, my wife's Mac, our Xbox, tablets, cellphones... You get the idea. I got so frustrated with it that after 2 days of digging through forums, updating the firmware, and praying to various internet gods, that I packed it away and nearly forgot about it.
Then a few months ago my Netgear gave up the ghost and I dug this thing out and set it up again. The first thing I did was update the firmware and was very pleased to see that it was much improved. The user interface was much better and best of all, the router would hold connections! It was too good to last though... I know regularly (multiple times per week) find my self restarting the damn thing. It's become habit to check it's indicator LEDs when walking past the office and all too often the 2.4 ghz light is off. Occasionally the 5ghz light is off, just to mix things up. Once again, I've checked for updates (there are none), I've fiddled with channels and settings nothing seems to work. Hell, I had to restart it twice in the 10 min before sitting down to this review.
Like others have said, when it is working, it's definitely a stellar router. But I'm convinced I got a lemon and I'm sorry that I left it in the box for nearly a year rather than return it right away. Because my experience has been anything but stellar."