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Old 03-19-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Pa
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I need advice. My DSL modem likes to disconnect a lot. Its a speedstream 5200. I would like to up grade to something better.
I had a linskys wireless G 2.4 router. It too was frought with issues and died after 8 months of use. Any advice or ideas to upgrade to a more reliable combo? The phone company checked out their end to make sure they were not the cause. I will using 2 laptops ...
Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:50 PM
 
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Never had a problem with modems, just used whatever the phone company gave me. I had a linksys wrt54g(or something like that), always had problems disconnecting. Got myself a belkin wireless router, haven't had a problem since.
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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I've never had a problem with my Linksys WRT54G. Its probably just depends on how you have it set up, if it disconnects or not.

Make sure to secure your connection, and only use that one at home. You can tell your laptop to NOT connect to unsecured connections around you.

For instance, if you have connected to an unsecure connection, your computer will sometimes connect to it if it thinks that it has a better signal than the one you're on.

Regardless of your security settings.


And, you may have a bum modem, or the signal quality on the line may be crap.
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Old 03-23-2008, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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DSL has a keep alivesetting or redial setting in the menus of WRT54Gs when using PPOE for DSL. Make sure this setting is correct to keep the connection alive. Your ISP should be able to tell you what the setting is. That or go to linksys.com
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Old 03-23-2008, 02:26 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I was told Never shut off the modem....it stores all your DSL information. When I moved I was told to carry it with me an plug it in as soon as possible....to electric not computer.
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:53 AM
 
Location: High Bridge
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I was told Never shut off the modem....it stores all your DSL information. When I moved I was told to carry it with me an plug it in as soon as possible....to electric not computer.
You can shut it off, it doesn't effect it at all.

Your DSL settings, if you have to log in using PPP over Ethernet, are stored on either on your computer or on your router. You will retain your information without it being on.
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