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post #1 of 9
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First let me explain what I got:

So I have DSL. The phone line is connected to the modem, and the modem is connected to my D-LINK DIR-628 wireless router (via ethernet cable). However I am NOT using wireless with my desktop, just ethernet via 1 of the 4 WAN ports on the router. Anyways, I have the latest firmware on that and have never touched any advanced settings (port forwarding, etc). Well, the connection is fine, and works well with normal internet use (not gaming). However, every once in a while (not always) when I'm gaming, it will go out. It usually ALWAYS goes out when I'm doing a server browser refresh. It may have went out once or twice while connecting to a server, but thats it. So basically I will lose connection, and I have to restart the router by unplugging it, plugging it back in, then patiently waiting for them to boot up. I don't play too many games, but this has happened to be in Black Ops and TF2

My question is if there is anything I can do. Maybe opening ports will fix it, but opening ports for every online game doesn't seem very fun. I don't know much about networking, but I know there are "gaming routers". Will this help my problem or are they just re-branded, overpriced routers with an extra wi-fi antenna and 10/100/1000 WAN ports?

Thanks so much for any help.
Edited by axizor - 12/31/10 at 9:32am
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It's possible you're overloading the routing tables in the router when you do a server list refresh which causes the router to, as you see, stop working. However, I'm no genius and could be wrong. Have you ever tried just restarting the modem OR the router, not both to see which one is the problem?
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It's possible you're overloading the routing tables in the router when you do a server list refresh which causes the router to, as you see, stop working. However, I'm no genius and could be wrong. Have you ever tried just restarting the modem OR the router, not both to see which one is the problem?
Hm. Yes, my bad. I restart the router, it works again. It is the router's fault not the modem. I will edit my op.
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hm....shounds kind of odd that it is just dropping out like that. almost sounds like it is taking a little power hit as opposed to just going out. Then again DSL isnt the best in reliability either. i would try to just hook the modem up direct to your PC and see if you get the same issues, if not then sounds like a flakey router. If it does happen it could be a crap modem too.
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post #5 of 9
Got any routers you could borrow from someone?
post #6 of 9
Some routers have really small NAT tables that lock up when there are too many connections.

Try disabling DNS relay and Advanced DNS on your router.
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Got any routers you could borrow from someone?
I wish...


I tried the modem before. It works good that way. But I have other people that live in the house that like to use the internet too.
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Have you played with the dsl filters on the phones in the house?
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post #9 of 9
It just sounds like you need a new router. For some reason, that one isn't totally happy with you using it. You can try looking up the MTU value and see if its too small. It should be around 1500.
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