Shutting off iPod touch WiFi reboots my router?!?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by LizKat, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Sorry for long post but I need some help and am trying to provide enough details to ring a bell with someone, maybe... I hope! Thanks.

    This kill-WiFi-watch-router-reboot gig has happened to me more than a few times each now, with a 2nd generation iPod touch and also with a 1st generation one. I am not sure why it is happening. It seems somehow related to my use of the Bloomberg news app, but I'm not really sure.

    I have DSL with a Siemens combo modem-router, their Gigaset SE567.

    I have not bought the 3.0 upgrade yet for the iPod touch.

    I don't have mail or any automatic updates, push etc. set up to operate on either device. I do have some other apps on there but they are all set to update only once per launch, etc. AS FAR AS I KNOW and per any Settings prefs.

    Anyway I first noticed this rebooting behavior when sitting in view of the router lights: when I killed the WiFi on the 2nd gen iPod touch, the connection light on the router didn't go out immediately. That's not what happens when I shut off an Airport card after using a laptop on the net. So I glanced back at the iPod to see if I had actually slid the WiFi switch to OFF, and I had, and then as I glanced back at the router, the thing rebooted!

    So okay... so I wondered... coincidence? Or is a wrong signal being sent from the iPod to the router?

    I was curious and started wandering into view of the router when I was turning off the WiFi (this after say fifteen minutes use, not long) and same thing happened a couple more times, always with the 2nd gen iPod touch. But not every time I used it on the net.

    So I thought ok later for that; I blamed the new Ipod touch I guess.

    So then I started using a 1st gen iPod touch instead. More often, on that one, I use Safari with Reuters mobile site instead of Bloomberg for news, although I do sometimes use the Bloomberg app it to check the markets.

    And sure enough, once when the last thing I used was the Bloomberg app before I went to shut the WiFi off, turning it off seemed to make the router hesitate on the disconnect and then reboot. Both devices have ordinary net settings, I am not specifying static addresses or anything like that. The usual behavior is when I kill the WiFi, the effect is just that the wireless connection is released and the router's connection light goes off but the power, DSL and Internet lights stay on. I do not use more than one device on the net at a time (or very rarely, and not in these cases) and my net is secured via WPA2.

    So just as I was ready to go to the Bloomberg site and inquire, or go poking around the net looking for similar stuff, whammo, I was just using the iPod touch 1st gen the other day to get weather and a two-minute cruise through the top news on Reuters. I exited to the home screen, went to settings to kill the WiFi, and the darn router rebooted. I had not used the Bloomberg app in that session. Just Safari to Reuters site, and the weather app. It's possible I had used Bloomberg in offline mode though, maybe the night before or early that morning, and had not power-cycled the device since then. I am just not 100% sure.

    I should say that my DSL connection is very stable and I have not known it to reboot without my express request, ever, except now with these two iPods. I didn't like the old Siemens router I had but the SE567 seems to perform fine.

    Anybody have a clue what might be going on? I'm thinking of trying to force the router reboot to happen using a specific set of steps on one of the iPod touch (the 2nd gen one I guess), and then, assuming I can replicate it on demand, asking my provider's tech support to take a look from his side of things, but why go there if there's a simple reason and simple way I can prevent this behavior.
  2. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    You could try: shut off your router then reset your modem, then after the modem reboots turn on your router. if that dosnt work u could reset ur router or even restore your ipod. just some suggestions. :)

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