Is this my computer or my router?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by mrsir2009, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. macrumors 604

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    #1
    Hello everyone,

    This usually happens multibable times a week, and sometimes every day:

    I'm on the internet on my MacBook Pro, when the internet seems to pack up. Its all still connected and everything, but most sites won't load. It just says "Connecting to [INSERT SITE NAME]" forever until it times out. The only way to fix this seems to be to reset the router AND restart my computer.

    I suspected its my 5 year old router thats starting to pack itself in. After all, it has been used every single day all day my multibable computers since it was purchased. The problem has happened on other Macs in my house, but mainly with my MacBook Pro.

    So what do you guys think?

    Thanks! :D
     
  2. macrumors 601

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    #2
    I'm thinking router, as all your clients seem to have issues. Does your router have any updated firmware?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 604

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    Hehe, maybe someone else in my family has, but I don't recall doing a thing to it since I got it :eek:

    So do you reckon if I updated the router's firmware it would solve the problem, rather than getting a new router?
     
  4. macrumors 601

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    #4
    It might, and it's a free thing to do. :)
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    A neighbor of mine had this exact problem of a machine losing connection. A firmware upgrade completely fixed the issue.

    Go for that. It is free (except for time), and might save you the cost of a new router.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Do you run a lot of torrents over your router?

    I have seen a number of cases where someone was using either too many torrents or too many connections per torrent and the router couldn't keep track of everything so it started dropping connections. It would have an effect like your describing where things like web pages will time out and or fail to load all the way. When you power cycle the router the connection tables get wiped out so stuff will work again until it gets all cluttered up with too many torrent connections again.

    Something worth looking into.
     

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