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So, my family wanted better wifi security than the basic WEP on our old Linksys BEFW11S4 v3, and bought a Linksys WRT54G router based on all the great reviews we saw of it. Unfortunately, Linksys appears to have substituted a completely different router in place of the great one everyone loved and forgotten to rename it. We've got version 8.0.
So, it's started crashing randomly several times a day. When it crashes, both wired and wireless connections will appear connected for a period of time, but no internet access or LAN access (printing to the shared printer, etc.) will be possible. It is also not possible to access the router's control panel at http://192.168.1.1 as the request will time out. Oh, and all the little green lights stay on, "as if it was actually working", to quote a 1 star review on NewEgg.
I have upgraded the firmware to the latest available on Linksys's website, 18.104.22.168, but this does not seem to have helped.
We have had this router for about six months, and it was behaving itself until I came home from college and started accessing the wifi network on my Linux laptop. I'm not sure if this is what is causing the crashes, but it was not crashing while I was away. Unplugging and replugging in the router resets it and fixes the problem temporarily.
We are using Bellsouth FastAccess DSL in the South-East US area. We've called their tech support line and they claim that they aren't having any downtime or trouble with the lines.
These are bizarre crashes, btw. Once, NetworkManager crashed at the exact same time the router died. Both computers running different Linux distros, making it even stranger. (Though that only happened once)
The router also likes to die on the hour; definitely a firmware thing.
So. Any suggestions? Should I look into putting a different firmware on the thing? Is there a built in warranty?
Linksys WRT54G v8 router locks up at least once a day; it's definitely a firmware thing. Should I dump DD-WRT on it or what?