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    I've been running a Netgear WGT624v3 for about 2 years(?) now and we started developing issues with the network dropping out, sometimes every 15 minutes for hours! I was getting all kinds of pissed because I couldn't figure out what was going on. Everytime I log into my router's settings page, it automatically checks the Netgear site for firmware updates, and reports back that there are no new updates. So like a fool I took it's word for it.

    Well, I hit the Netgear support site, and just happened to think to look at the downloads page. My router was SEVEN firmware updates behind!! So I manually downloaded and installed them last Friday afternoon and our network has not gone down ONCE since.

    Just thought I'd pass on the tip
    |TG-55| Infantry Division - Former Captain



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    Re: Check your network router firmware

    I recently fixed a problem with my router similar to this. I had been having problems with Steam games off and on for the past year or so and could not for the life of me figure out what the deal was b/c all other games worked fine. I have an older Linksys wired router and found that the current version of firmware has problems with Steam and that simply installing the previous version fixes it.

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    • #3
      Re: Check your network router firmware

      I had a similar situation happen with the D-Link router I used to use. Starting 2142 (or most any game for that matter) would kick most if not all wireless clients off. Ran a firmware update, and the issue went away.

      Then I bought a newer CISCO branded Linksys and everything has been fine ;)
      "But way back where I come from, we never mean to bother. We don't like to make our passions other peoples' concern." -Dar Williams
      Former Captain of the 55th Infantry Division

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      • #4
        Re: Check your network router firmware

        It's nice that they still release firmware upgrades for your product.

        My Linksys stopped receiving firmware upgrades a year after it debuted. On top of that, a friend has told me that Linksys declared EoL on my router last year.
        |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
        TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
        Former 9th & 13th

        Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
        Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





        SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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        • #5
          Re: Check your network router firmware

          Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
          It's nice that they still release firmware upgrades for your product.

          My Linksys stopped receiving firmware upgrades a year after it debuted. On top of that, a friend has told me that Linksys declared EoL on my router last year.
          If it's a WRT54G, or one of a couple of others, you can always DDWRT or Tomato it.
          "But way back where I come from, we never mean to bother. We don't like to make our passions other peoples' concern." -Dar Williams
          Former Captain of the 55th Infantry Division

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          • #6
            Re: Check your network router firmware

            Originally posted by Spulat View Post
            If it's a WRT54G, or one of a couple of others, you can always DDWRT or Tomato it.
            Only if it's one of the older pre-VxWorks WRT54G's, or a GL. The newer ones don't have enough memory for a Linux flash. (Or has this changed? Has someone figured out how to put a skinny Linux image on the newer G's?)
            Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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              Re: Check your network router firmware

              Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
              Only if it's one of the older pre-VxWorks WRT54G's, or a GL. The newer ones don't have enough memory for a Linux flash. (Or has this changed? Has someone figured out how to put a skinny Linux image on the newer G's?)
              Oh, so yours is old but still new enough to be a VxWorks version?
              "But way back where I come from, we never mean to bother. We don't like to make our passions other peoples' concern." -Dar Williams
              Former Captain of the 55th Infantry Division

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              • #8
                Re: Check your network router firmware

                A list of versions of the WRT54G:

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_WRT54G_series

                Apparently some of the 3rd party firmware has been slimmed down so that it can be used with the newer small-memory versions.
                Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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                • #9
                  Re: Check your network router firmware

                  I have an older network everwhere NR041 that I thought had crapped out on me, gone Tango Uniform, bit the farm, threw in the towel, etc... Turns out, during a phone call with tech support, that it just needed a firmware update. Now it works right as rain.

                  |TG-IRR|

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                  • #10
                    Re: Check your network router firmware

                    Originally posted by Spulat View Post
                    If it's a WRT54G, or one of a couple of others, you can always DDWRT or Tomato it.
                    True, but haven't tried it. Still afraid I'm going to brick the thing.
                    |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                    TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                    Former 9th & 13th

                    Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                    Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                    SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

                    TG Primer and Rules

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                    • #11
                      Re: Check your network router firmware

                      Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                      True, but haven't tried it. Still afraid I'm going to brick the thing.
                      You need a new router anyway :D If it bricks, buy a new one, then KILL THE OLD ONE WITH FIRE!
                      "But way back where I come from, we never mean to bother. We don't like to make our passions other peoples' concern." -Dar Williams
                      Former Captain of the 55th Infantry Division

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                      • #12
                        Re: Check your network router firmware

                        I don't have a tree in the backyard with $100 dollar bills growing on it. :p

                        Besides, I've only had this one for about 18 months. I'm not about to consider replacing it unless the wireless N standard gets finalized.
                        |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                        TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                        Former 9th & 13th

                        Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                        Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                        SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

                        TG Primer and Rules

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                        • #13
                          Re: Check your network router firmware

                          Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
                          I don't have a tree in the backyard with $100 dollar bills growing on it. :p

                          Besides, I've only had this one for about 18 months. I'm not about to consider replacing it unless the wireless N standard gets finalized.
                          You can get a new G router with current rebates, for $40. Barring that, I understand and agree with both of your latter points :)
                          "But way back where I come from, we never mean to bother. We don't like to make our passions other peoples' concern." -Dar Williams
                          Former Captain of the 55th Infantry Division

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                          • #14
                            Re: Check your network router firmware

                            Yeah, prices don't drop as quickly on wireless routers and such. I paid about $50 after rebate for my WRT54GL. It's a 54 mbps G/A/B router. I get pretty good range that covers roughly 80% of the whole house and manages to permeate the floor above and into the basement below.

                            I do have my eye on one of the nice black Linksys Draft-N routers now. Supposedly the QoS filter on the firmware OS is better than my 54GL and it does seem a bit smaller without the 2 antennaes I have sticking up out of the back. Faster throughput speeds, better range, and some optimizations for gaming.

                            The only cripe I have with it is the draft N. If IEEE finalized the N standard and Linksys produces a router like their current Draft N lineup, I'll look into replacing this one. I could always use longer range on my wireless seeing how a wireless laptop barely gets 10% signal strength to my current router upstairs in the front and in the back.
                            |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
                            TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                            Former 9th & 13th

                            Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                            Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                            SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

                            TG Primer and Rules

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