linkysys wrt54gV2 needs to be reset frequently.

Our linkysys wrt54gV2 needs to be reset frequently.  This is used for a small customer lounge with  just 1-3 users at a time.  It connects them to the internet via an RCN cable modem...  We have an employee that stays connected continously and he never loses his internet connection.  When we have a problem (Customer can't access the internet), we just power off/on the wrt54g and that takes care of the problem...   Have tried a newer linksys model and had the same problem.  Recently did a wrt54g v3 firmware upgrade to sveasoft Talisman firmware.  We still have the problem.  Thanks for any help...
speedidukeAsked:
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jtruCommented:
This seems to be a problem with certain versions of the WRT54.  It also happens with some of the more recent Linksys models.  I assume it has to do with problems renewing the "IP Lease", but have not had time to explore it.  I suppose it could also be a power glitch.  It just drives you crazy.  I can report that switching to another brand of WiFi router, like the Engenius, does not have this problem.  I suppose the code in those boxes is smart enough to realize when it doesn't have a connection and make a new DHCP request.  It would seem that these guys would realize when they have a 0.0.0.0 address or a 169. address, they need to send another DHCP request out, but they just sit there forever with no communication.  Maybe somebody patented having your head out of your IP socket and won't let the other guys play nice.

I would caution you that a "connection" on the WiFi end does not imply the router has any up-stream connectivity.  It just means your wireless client has established a connection with the AP portion of the WiFi router.

You might also consider updating and reflashing the WRT-54 firmware, but be aware that if you do this poorly, you will brick it and it is a RTF (return-to-factory) problem.
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houssam_balloutCommented:
are you connecting via  USB wireless or a laptop builtin wireless
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speedidukeAuthor Commented:
Perhaps I did not make it clear...  Customers use this wifi for the most part..  That would mean they might have any kind of wireless, but my observation is almost all have builtin...
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houssam_balloutCommented:

Is there static electricity power ?
Had you try a different model like D-Link  to try?!
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speedidukeAuthor Commented:
I have tried a d-link awhile back. I will need to research my notes to see why I changed to a linksys.  I think it was for more range...    Perhaps there is static electricity.  How can I determine that?  The router is located above a drop ceiling that has the usual metal framework and the studs are metal...  I have ordered a UPS unit for the router and will try that Monday.  
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Is your employee's computer the one closest to the linksys?  Are there other wireless routers nearby and have you changed the channel from the default channel 6 to something else?  A program called WirelessNetView v1.26 can let you see what other wireless networks are in range.
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speedidukeAuthor Commented:
The employee notebook is actually about the furthest away from the router. I have not checked other routers nearby lately.  I use network stumbler..  But the employees wifi shows the customer SSID.  I will check in a day or 2.   I have not changed the channel...   Tomorrow I will be putting a UPS on  the router...
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jtruCommented:
If the WRT54 needs to be reset frequently, as you originally said, this is not a normal problem with configuration or interference.  Please see my post above.  The problem is simply the WRT54 and a UPS may or may not effect the problem.  If the lights don't blink, that is not the issue.

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Something that came up in anther question is the number of simultaneous connections that a router will support.  The wrt54gV2 (stock) will only support 8 which may seem like enough.  Couldn't find out what the sveasoft Talisman version will handle.  The catch is that BitTorrent or Peer-to-Peer file sharing software can use up much more that from a single computer.  You might want to check and see if anyone is using that kind of software.  Reseting the router breaks the connections and let's it start over again...
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speedidukeAuthor Commented:
Sorry my replies are a bit slow.  I can't make changes until after hours and I can't always get there after hours.  I have never seen more than 5 customers using the wifi.  Here is a link to the Talisman firmware settings:
http://www.pcwintech.com/screenshots-linksys-wrt54g-talisman-firmware.
  This week I will try these changes.
1. Today, I will check for other wifi routers in the area and I will add a UPS then wait a few days to see if the problem occurs.
2. If the problem continues, I will add a timer that will turn off the router and restart it in the monring.
3. If the problem continues, I will change the channel and wait a few days.
4. If the problem persists, I will install a different model router
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speedidukeAuthor Commented:
The UPS I installed and the firmware upgrade to Talisman in combination have resolved the problem.  I have had no resets needed in 2 weeks...   Thanks for all the suggestions...
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