Thursday, August 30, 2007

Router Rebooting


I was curious and wanted to find out the answer to the question, "How often do people reboot their routers?"

The Netgear forums conducted a poll, and found out that 100% of all the respondents rebooted their routers two or more times a week. However, it should be noted that only two people responded to the poll.

There's a lot of chatter about router rebooting, however. Here's a question from rouslan:

I am going to run a tor server for ~5 people simultaneously, download+seed 10 torrents, serve ftp, http, ftps, https, all at the same time, 24/7....This server is going to be hooked up via ethernet, so will the problem still exist and how often would I have to reboot the router?

OK, so maybe this usage is a little on the high side.

Verizon FIOS users get Actiontec routers, and they don't handle the high volume stuff well either.

The ActionTec MI-424-WR router can't handle a large volume of simultaneous server updates. For example: DHT in bittorrent programs. Or updating a multiplayer server list in a game.

-Started from a fresh router reset.
-Opening in browser to access the router works.
-Refresh server list in Steam(approx 1300 servers)
-Opening stops working. Router is unresponsive and no websites can be accessed, though currently existing internet connections will remain intact. Other computers on the network experience the same inability to access websites and the router itself.

Router reset restores internet access afterwards.

But (presumably) smaller bandwidth people have problems too. Take Norm:

I installed this [firmware] update because I’ve been having to reboot my ActionTec router every 24-48 hours. After spending a few hours Googling the problem, I found that there are alot of other people experiencing the same issues and I thought the firmware update might help the problem. It didn’t. I still lose internet connectivity every 24-48 hours and a router reboot is the only thing that brings it back.

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