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Hi all,

I've recently moved house, and have been getting a hopeless amount of network disconnections since the move. Trillian has recorded up to 15 disconnects in 1-2mins, and warcrack (WoW) frequently disconnects at 2-5 minute intervals (long load times being the devil). After going through all the tech support I've found on the issue, its come down to our D-Link DI624 ADSL Router disconnecting and reseting because it cannot cope with four people online doing stuff, despite its four ports. Having done a net search, this seems to be a common problem for D-Link, and this line in particular.

I need to replace it - its unworkable as it is. I would like to buy a nice, reliable 4 port router that can cope with 3 quite demanding users (me with gaming and housemates with incessant downloading, fourth housemate only browses luckily.) This leads to a few questions... Firstly, if I were to buy a non-wireless router, since they are much more affordable, would I be able to plug our old dodgy D-Link into it? My housemate will squawk about not being able to use wireless once in a blue moon otherwise. I would have the new router plugged into the modem (if it needed it), and the D-Link coming off it.

I am considering buying a Linksys router, but would like to hear from people in the know - what is worth my time? Despite heavy internet usage, we aren't a very tech-savvy household. Ideally, if we can plug the old wireless router into the new one when he wants wireless (plug it in place of his cable if only 4 ports), I would be looking at a 4-6 port, non-wireless, affordable router that will cope with the heavy load gracefully.

Any help would be most appreciated, it is driving me mad. We just upgraded to 1.5mb ADSL and not being able to use it properly it is very annoying...

Jay
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post #2 of 17
Go with the linksys. You should be able to tweak the settings in the linksys to make it act like a dumb switch that way you can run the d link off of this linksys for the wireless only. Sounds like you are on the right track. I do like linksys routers.
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I think its most D-Link routers. We have the DSL-G604T and its horrendous for locking up. It has to be reset at least once a day. I would recommend getting a netgear router. Theyre fantastic - most schools\\colleges use them and a couple of my friends have them downloading 100% of the time and their fine.

Another thing I've noticed about the D-Link equiptment. THERES NEVER ANY FIRMWARE! My router doesnt support IPv6 overlay either - so I have to spend 25 minutes disabling it in my Linux distro's.
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We have a Netgear lying around. Apparently it had more issues than the DLink. May have been a one-off dud though.
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First Question...

Your router is the modem as well? Or do you have seperate modem aside from your router?

If you have the Dlink did you upgrade the firmware? That solved all my troubles as I have the DI-624 and I have a file server, 2 pc's that game, and a work laptop that is constantly in use downloading something.

IF you want to get a different one, then personally I would netgear and get the new MIMO one here. ( http://www.netgear.com/products/details/WPN824.php )
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i have a dlink wirelless router myself and i think its preety hopeless however it cost like £60 so im detrimited to get it working iv found these pages, i think the problem is limited connections these pages wil tell you how to fix it its a bit complicated though

http://www.expansys.com/forumthread....551&thread=786

http://www.expansys.com/forumthread....551&thread=790

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Im tempted to use the 400mhz linux box I have for routing. It may cost like 20 times as much in electricity, but at least it wont just die on me.

DOWN WITH D-LINK!
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Originally Posted by todd_beedy
First Question...

Your router is the modem as well? Or do you have seperate modem aside from your router?

If you have the Dlink did you upgrade the firmware? That solved all my troubles as I have the DI-624 and I have a file server, 2 pc's that game, and a work laptop that is constantly in use downloading something.

IF you want to get a different one, then personally I would netgear and get the new MIMO one here. ( http://www.netgear.com/products/details/WPN824.php )
We have a separate modem at the moment. I'm open to a modem/router but since we do have a modem that works perfectly, it doesn't much matter.

I did flash it before port forwarding in an attempt to get everything to work (Last week some time). Warcrack will work, unless the others are online. Soulseek won't work well (kazaa-style downloader). Azureus has problems as well.
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Originally Posted by The_Jester
Im tempted to use the 400mhz linux box I have for routing. It may cost like 20 times as much in electricity, but at least it wont just die on me.

DOWN WITH D-LINK!
20x electricity <<<<<<<<<<<<<< Hassle of router (but I need wireless so I have no choice)

I would much rather use a box for DHCP and firewall but I have not figured out a way to broadcast a wireless signal other then with an access point.
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Im tempted to use the 400mhz linux box I have for routing. It may cost like 20 times as much in electricity, but at least it wont just die on me.

DOWN WITH D-LINK!
When I've built my new computer, I plan to swap my current one (2.6GHz, XP, etc) with dads 486 ^^ The power bill is split 4 ways =D
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