Windows 10: Router Going Bad? Solved

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  1.    28 Aug 2015 #1

    Router Going Bad?

    For awhile now I keep losing my wireless internet speed. I can go from a over 45Mbps to 2 or 3 hundred kbps. At first I thought it was the laptop because if I ran the windows repair a couple of times it would find a problem with the header and would fix my problem. Now I'm also noticing the speed lost on my old laptop and my wife's new laptop. If I reset the router the problem is fixed but then the problem comes back. Could this be a setting or do I need a new router? If I need a new router does anyone have any suggestions for a decent router. The router I have now is a Linksys EA4500.
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  2.    28 Aug 2015 #2

    Are you running the latest firmware on the router? Also check for channel interference from nearby WiFi's. I like inssider:
    inSSIDer Download - TechSpot

    Many times running a 40mhz channel spread will actually be slower depending on interfering channels. A clear 20mhz signal with no interference will run faster than a 40mhz channel with interfering channels.
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  3.    28 Aug 2015 #3

    It's been awhile since I did a firmware upgrade. As for nearby interference, my closet neighbor is to far away. I'll check for a firmware upgrade.
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  4.    28 Aug 2015 #4

    I checked the firmware. The router is set to automatic and the firmware is up to date. This is the first time I have ever had any problems with this router. I've had it for awhile so I wouldn't be surprised if it's going bad.
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  5.    28 Aug 2015 #5

    I've had better luck manually loading the drivers from the manufacturer of the network adapters in my computers rather than using those that came with Windows 10. That might help.
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  6.    28 Aug 2015 #6

    I thought about the network adapter driver but one computer is a Toshiba and the other one is a HP .I did another reset only this time I used a toothpick and pushed the reset button for over a minute. Then I unplugged the router for over a minute. After resetting the router I reset my Comcast modem. I had to setup the router from scratch. So far everything is working better than it has in a long time. Now under WiFi status the speed is listed as 72.0 Mbps instead of 45 Mbps. If it happens again I'll try a new router.
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  7.    28 Aug 2015 #7

    Definitely better than 2 or 3 hundred kbps. Hope it doesn't drop again.
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  8.    28 Aug 2015 #8

    If I'd read this six months ago, I would have presumed it was anything BUT the router. After all, these things are on 24x7 and last for years without problems, right? Then, I started to have network outages, especially serious drops in wireless performance. I switched routers to a different one (I borrowed) and the problems stopped. So, I replaced the old Linksys (so old, it still ran Cisco software!) with a new Linksys EA6350 and haven't had a problem since.
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  9.    28 Aug 2015 #9

    I've had good luck with my Nighthawk v.1 router. At first I wasn't getting very good range on 5ghz, but newer firmware versions fixed that so range on 5ghz is nearly as good as 2.4 now. Only thing I don't like about Nighthawk is that it won't push Wake On Lan through from the internet, only from the LAN side.
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  10.    31 Aug 2015 #10

    I had to reset my router by unplugging it again. My upload speed dropped to 10 Mbps and my upload was 12 Mbps. I think I'm going to have to replace my router.
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