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LINKSYS Wireless router issues

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I have wireless Linksys router..
I have desktop and a laptop connected to it. (The issues I will describe below happen regardless of how I connect to router wireless or not)

I have 2 problems with it..

1. When I download large files on the laptop, connection drops every about 1 MB it downloads. I can live with this, as I can download on the desktop and then transfer.

2. This one is more serious, as it affects my work hours.. Sometimes (whenever it feels like, there is no pattern at all... sometimes it works fine for weeks, sometimes I start getting disconnected every 15 -30 minutes) the connection drops off and after some time restores back again. it can take from 30 seconds to 25 minutes for it to restore. When it does loose the connection and I see the router status, it says disconnected, when I try to connect it back, it gives one of two errors: "Cannot get IP address for PPPoE " or "PPPoE LCP negotiation fail". I tried to look at the evens log, but since I don't really understand anything I thought maybe someone here may help, this is what I get on my laptop (Desktop has no errors in the events log):

one of the errors:
Smart Card Reader 'Texas Instruments SmartCardSlot 0' rejected IOCTL POWER: The device does not recognize the command.

The description for Event ID ( 0 ) in Source ( GTIPCI21 ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this description; see Help and Support for details. The following information is part of the event: , IOCTL POWER failed with status 0xc0000184.

I should probably mention that I use a VPN connectivity often, but I don't think there is a connection between the two, because I had weeks of VPN working perfectly fine.

Thank you for any help I will recieve on this.

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