netgear wgt624 router connections drop
Posted on 2007-11-26
I run Windows Server 2003 SBS over a LinkSys WRT54G. It only has four ports and I need at least six, so I did my research an bought an unmanaged switch, a NetGear FS116. It is supposed to be 100% compatible because it is unmanaged and it autosenses port speed and uplink cable, etc.
When I run just the NetGear switch my network is very fast and very reliable. When I introduce the LinkSys WRT54G it gets slower and I start to have dropouts.
When I discussed the problem with CompUSA they told me I needed to buy a NetGear WGT624 to keep it "all in the family". That's when my trouble really started.
I cannot seem to stay connnected more than an hour. My internet connection drops but so do my local connections. Their support had me swap out the FS116 switch (I don't think it is the problem) and then hard reset (with a paper clip) the WGT624. It ran smoothly for a few hours and now I am back to no connectivity.
What should I do? I am back to my venerable LinkSys router with too few ports, but at least I can run my business. I read online (after I purchased) about all the unhappy owners of the WGT624, class action lawsuits, etc. I just want it to work. Are there settings on my server that must be modified? I will try just about anything, but I am tired of throwing so much time at this problem.
Many thanks. Keith