I was wondering if anyone could help with a problem I'm having with my wireless router.
I'm down here in Mexico and the electricity is somewhat intermittent, we loose power a couple of times per day. It seems each time that power returns, the router stops communicating with the Hughes modem, wired or wireless. I disconnect the Hughes modem and the router, then reconnect each in sequence, still the modem is quiet. The fix has been to reset the router to factory defaults, then put back the encryption, passwords and other settings, but this is a hassle.
Next year, a UPS is on the list of items to bring down to help the situation, but my router at home doesn't have this problem. I guess I could run the stuff through my inverter, but it seems a waste of energy running an inverter and charging the batts while the power is on.
Any comments on something that I've missed to correct the problem?
Al, I wouldn't think that intermittent loss of power would be any different then shutting it down a few times during the day.
The few times that my router has had problems communicating with the modem all I ever do is power down the router/modem and back up again. They are both connected to the same power strip, so I shut it down for about 30 sec. then back up again. Works every time for me.
In the mean time running things off your inverter (especially when power is shaky), even if it seems a waste of power, may save your electronics until you get a UPS installed.
Actually, I had the modem and router off for a couple of hours tonight (the transmitter interferes with the Star Choice reception on the BOW attachment) , I reconnected the modem and then the router and had the problem again. It seems that each time the power is taken off the router,it will not allow connection to the net on restart (my computer indicates that I am connected to the router).
So if you lose power, you lose the stored settings, then after you put them back it everything is fine? What kind of router is it, and how old is it?
Routers generally use flash memory to store settings, but some older devices used battery backed up ram. If it is one of those older ones, you could disassemble it and replace the battery. The battery was usually a coin sized watch battery like those used on PC motherboards.
-------------------- Terrestrial Wireless (finally found an alternative!) Posts: 233 | Registered: May 2007
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I used the backup and restore function, it gets the router back, I will try the other suggestion next time the router stops working.
I had the router and Hughes modem on the inverter all day (no power interruptions) and the router still lost a connection to the Hughes modem, the router must be going bad. Are there any set-up issues that could cause a drop out?. I'm using the default set up as suggested by Linksys and then changing the router broadcast name, the wireless security and the router password.
Depending upon the power output of the inverter this could be the source of your problem. If you get a chance to connect to shore power, see if the problem persists or goes away before heading out to buy a new router.
-------------------- Bill Adams Winegard Company Posts: 15680 | From: Traveling the Western US | Registered: May 2003
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I am moving to a new campground today, so I will try the router on shore power. Down here in Mexico, it's a bit of a crap shoot, the shore power here is inconsistent and at 137 volts when operating, the other campground is about 132 volts.
With the transformer in the cord to the router, is high voltage a problem?
The other thing that can cause the drop in communication is interference.
If you don't need your signal to travel outside of your rig, you can put a piece of aluminum foil like a back drop for the antennas on the side that faces outside. This tends to keep other signals from getting in and yours from going out, but allows connection to the router inside the rig.