How to fix a slow router
Posted on 2011-10-20
Can anyone recommend some troubleshooting techniques that I can use to fix a router that periodically becomes extremely slow?
I have a new Linksys E3000 router for my home network. There are two computers connected to it. I have noticed that occasionally my Internet connection becomes extremely slow and I figured it was just a problem with my ISP because the problem seemed to correct itself if I was just patient. Then I discovered that the problem wasn't my ISP at all. The connection between my PC and my router (connected via ethernet cable) was very slow. For example, if I tried to ping the router (ping 192.168.1.1) my response time was 3000ms. I have discovered that if I reboot the router, the problem disappears, and I get a ping response time of < 1ms. It is acting as if the router is overloaded with data or something and it cannot process any requests. Also note that I sometimes connect to two different offices via two different VPN connections. One is a Cisco Anyconnect VPN, and the other just uses a standard Microsoft VPN connection. These do not normally cause any issues, but I am including this information in case it may be important.
Is there any way I can figure out what is happening on my network that is causing my router to become apparently overloaded?