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Router: working one day - needs backing up the next

Posted on 2006-07-10
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Hi there,

Can someone please explain how this happens:

I have an 'always connected' boradband connection via a router shared between 2 PCs. Since I installed the router (~2 weeks ago) I have not had ANY internet connection issues. But this morning, the router settings somehow changed and would not allow me to connect to the net.

I tried to fix the problem by going over my settings and all were fine. I reset the modem and the router and that still didn't fix the problem. I then (out of desperation more than anything) decided to back up my routers current settings so I could reload them - then presto, problem solved.

So I guess I am asking: are routers at risk of having their settings disrupted simply after an extended period of use? What can possibly contribute to the disruption of your routers settings? Blackouts? ISP actions?

Sorry if the question is a bit vague - I think you shoud get what I'm on about - if not I'm happy to clarify :)
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It sounds as if something go corrupted in memory.  What exact model do you have?  Check the vendors site and see if there is a new firmware upgrade for it.
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Uptime for most routers is far better than PC's they tend to not have moving parts that fail and are designed to be ALWAYS on as it were.

Thanks
Scott
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by:ISoul
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Buggy firmware is my two cents.

I've also seen routers before that would need a hard reset before functioning properly again.
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Thanks guys

(Sorry about the lateness with the points :))
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