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Old 05-10-2013, 11:04 PM
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Default Looking for a router I don't have to reset every few days!

I have two Linksys WRT-54G routers. One I flashed to DD-WRT, the other to Tomato. Both of them seem to fail over time -- can't access their web UI, Internet gets slow, can't ping the router.

I do have a lot of users -- ~20 PCs, ~10 smartphones, and ~15 SIP phones.

I'm looking for something that I can set and forget, and not have to power-cycle every so often. I don't want to spend more than I have to, but if I do have to spend a little bit for a quality router, I'm open to it. A router with a good QoS and a guest network would be a bonus.

Is it normal for consumer routers to lock up/slow down/have to be rebooted? Do they just simply get overloaded?

Suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:09 AM
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I have two Linksys WRT-54G routers. One I flashed to DD-WRT, the other to Tomato. Both of them seem to fail over time -- can't access their web UI, Internet gets slow, can't ping the router.

I do have a lot of users -- ~20 PCs, ~10 smartphones, and ~15 SIP phones.

I'm looking for something that I can set and forget, and not have to power-cycle every so often. I don't want to spend more than I have to, but if I do have to spend a little bit for a quality router, I'm open to it. A router with a good QoS and a guest network would be a bonus.

Is it normal for consumer routers to lock up/slow down/have to be rebooted? Do they just simply get overloaded?

Suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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The old WRT054G Linksys routers are starting to show their age. They cannot keep up with through put of today’s routers. I agree routers need to be stable!!! It is my number one rule and all else is secondary on a router to my number one rule. I guess there are at less 2 questions. What are your internet connection speeds? What are your router requirements?
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Pick me! Pick me! I haven't needed to reboot in a long time!

But really I haven't! The first reboot of the router since Feb 12th was to upgrade the firmware a couple days ago! (they made the USB speeds faster!) and that was it. ;-)
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Thanks for the replies!

My Internet speeds are 5/5, and hopefully will be getting faster soon (maybe 20/5).

The main features I want, aside from stability, are good QoS and a guest wireless network.
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Twenty PCs is a lot for 5/5 if they are all surfing at the same time. As far as a router goes 5/5 is a low load for today’s routers. I would think you could pick almost any router from the router list on this site. I would check the router reviews for QoS and a guest account. The guess account can be simulated using vlans if you know how to set them up. Trying to find one that is stable is going to be harder as you will not find that in a review.
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Try plugging both your modem and routers into a small UPS. Dirty power, brownouts, etc. can cause many problems particularly if either one device or the other is more sensitive.

Even if spending $50 - $70 doesn't solve your current problems it should help going forward if you end up buying a new router.

Having surge protection isn't enough as surge protectors don't protect your equipment from brownouts.
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Thanks for the replies!

My Internet speeds are 5/5, and hopefully will be getting faster soon (maybe 20/5).

The main features I want, aside from stability, are good QoS and a guest wireless network.
The amped unit I linked above has all that covered.
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Try increasing sessions and decreasing TCP and especially UDP state timeout settings.
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