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Should I replace or repair my router?
westy_2929 
29/7/08 1:06:06 PM
Serf
Ok so I currently have a 'Netgear WGT 624 v3' wireless router. I use it to access the internet to my PC and also my xbox 360 through a wireless receiver. It has a very good habit of dropping out and I have to unplug its power and turn it back on at least once every two days. I have already gone through all the different tests and I know it is not my modem, it is the router.

I also have to reset the router at the back and go through the options and re-open the same ports every 2-5 days to allow my NAT to be 'open' instead of 'strict' on xbox live. At first I thought this was due to the constant unplugging and replugging but I went 3 days without doing it and the NAT still changes back to strict at random. The only reason I am still using this router over an optional 'Belkin' one is that the 'Netgear' has a password protection and I cannot get the 'Belkin' to have a password protection.

The router also is sitting upright and free from heat sources. WHAT CAN I DO?!

Should I 'fix' this router so it stops dropping out and requiring the constant opening of the same ports or could somebody suggest another router?

It needs to have 3 things:
1. Password protection or equivalent.
2. Doesnt constantly drop out and need to be turned on/off
3. Only needs its ports forwarded once to allow Xbox Live's NAT to stay 'open'

Cheers!

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eckythump 
29/7/08 2:13:08 PM
Overlord

Sounds rooted. I suggest you destroy it quite creatively and post pictures.

Define "password protected".

What model Belkin do you have? Is the Belkin just a wireless router, or is it a combo wireless/ADSL router?

Is your connection ADSL?

If you can't get your Belkin to do what you want, then I'd recommend you buy a new router. NOT a Belkin and NOT a D-Link, as they are traditionally the shittiest things to be had.

Get back with more information and we'll help you either solve your issues by using the evil Belkin, or recommend a new router that doesn't suck. If you use DSL, my inclination will be to recommend an all-in-one ADSL/wireless router, so if there's a key reason why this isn't practical, be sure to point it out.

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segger 
30/7/08 12:47:16 PM
Guru

Immerse the router in eucalyptus oil for a few hours. And yes, definitely take pictures.

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westy_2929 
30/7/08 2:40:24 PM
Serf
- Password protected.. as in when some random neighbor happens to find my wireless network, they need a password to access it.

- The belkin is just some average adsl 54mps wireless router, nothing special and im not keen on using it.

- Yes my connection is ADSL and i may soon be moving to a house with cable, but for now its ADSL

- So basically i should get a new router? Any brands or model suggestions, because im not happy with Netgear and D-Link looks crap anyways and ill steer clear of Belkin.

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PC FREAK 
30/7/08 3:18:14 PM
Guru

Billion 7400 series are great. otherwise look at the higher end linksys stuff.

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aliali 
30/7/08 5:20:41 PM
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Quote by westy_2929
- Password protected.. as in when some random neighbor happens to find my wireless network, they need a password to access it.



As far as I know all relatively recent wireless routers have this.
Look for one that has wpa- psk or wpa2-psk security and check your wireless cards can also do those levels of security, as older wireless cards may not support WPA/WPA2.

hen setting up just make sure to enable wireless security and to set a decent long access password, and please not one that is a proper word or phrase.

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eckythump 
31/7/08 12:29:28 PM
Overlord

Yep, sounds like a new router is the way to go.

I would also recommend billion. I have an old, old, old billion ADSL rotuer and it's never missed a beat. Heard nothign but good things about them from other users, too.

Only going off the MSY pricelist, the Billion 7400 series looks perhaps a little more expensive than you'd like to spend. If you're willing, go for it, but if you're strapped for cash, the Billion 7300G looks very good and is <$100.

Let us know how you go.

As for destroying your old router:

http://www.dansdata.com/personal/Bombs.html

Incorporate the old router into something like that, lots and lots of fun.

DISCLAIMER: Any death/maiming isn't my fault!

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Ex0dus 
1/8/08 2:27:16 AM
Charge
Your problem sounds like what happened with my Netgear DG834GT. The router would stop messenger connecting and cause it to give me connection errors. I found too that if I restarted the router, messenger could then connect. I solved the problem by downgrading the firmware.

Perhaps it is just more messed up netgear firmware programming?

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_sentinel 
5/8/08 3:29:20 AM
Champion

Belkin model please? It'll be better than than wireless router setup you currently have.
Also whats in the way with a direct line of sight from you router to the devices?

Oh and also Billion are awesome as well, 7404VGP here, overkill, yes, but worth every penny. Belkin's are held in high regard with me as well, just don't go getting a D-Link or ill have to hit you with a stick :P

No security? MAC address everything, fn times that is :P


Edited by _sentinel: 5/8/2008 3:32:48 AM

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segger 
5/8/08 11:16:40 PM
Guru

Belkin equipment consumes turds with a knife and fork.

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