Routers keep going kaput!!!
Posted on 2011-05-12
I support a client who has a number of one man sub-offices where people work from home.
One sub-office is a garden shed converted into a tiny office with modem, router, pc, printer and scanner.
About four months ago the Netgear router and D-Link DSL modem, which were both about three years old and inherited from a larger office, blew at the same time. IIRC one was completely dead and the other just displayed the power light but could not connect to any devices.
I replaced these with a 2wire 2700 modem/router and the other day this blew with only the power light flashing red instead of green. I'm told this means it's dead, beyond resusitation. Then, shortly afterwards the psu on the computer blew.
The user's husband is an electrician by profession and he tells me he has completely checked everything out, however, I'd be relunctant to ask him to rewire my house based on this.
Could he be telling the truth, are we missing something really obvious? I would imagine only some sort of enormous spike could cause this, but he tells me the shed is surge protected.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated before I run out of routers and PSUs to give them.