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DIR 655 Constant Wireless Restart

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April 16, 2011 8:47:28 PM

I am experiencing an interesting problem with my wireless router: It constantly performs a wireless reset every minute or so. While it doesn't actually seem to be causing problems for general internet use, I think it is causing lag spikes during my gaming.

LOGS:

[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:17:53 2011 <Network Name>: Wireless system with MAC address XXXXXXXXXX associated
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:17:53 2011 Above message repeated 1 times
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:17:46 2011 Wireless restart
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:17:34 2011 Above message repeated 1 times
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:16:51 2011 <Network Name>: Wireless system with MAC address XXXXXXXXXX associated
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:16:51 2011 Above message repeated 1 times
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:16:43 2011 Administrator logout
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:16:40 2011 Wireless restart
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:15:41 2011 <Network Name>: Wireless system with MAC address XXXXXXXXXX associated
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:15:41 2011 Above message repeated 1 times
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:15:30 2011 Wireless restart
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:15:07 2011 <Network Name>: Wireless system with MAC address XXXXXXXXXX associated
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:15:07 2011 Above message repeated 1 times
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:14:56 2011 Wireless restart
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:11:43 2011 Log viewed by IP address <My Computer>
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:04:50 2011 Above message repeated 1 times
[INFO] Thu Apr 07 22:04:47 2011 Allowed configuration authentication by IP address <My Computer>

I am at a loss on what causes it. It is periodic, and is clearly recognized by my router.

The Firmware is up to date, I am using wireless channel 2.462 GHz (Ch11) in Mixed 802.11n and 802.11g mode.
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April 16, 2011 10:40:23 PM

I have no idea what the problem may be, but a lot of these small devices are filled w/ bugs. It’s not like these consumer-grade routers are built w/ the highest quality standards. So every once in a while you can trigger one of these bugs as you change the configuration, and end up w/ some bizarre behavior as a result. For example, one of my D-Link routers years ago had no protection against buffer overflow on edited fields. If I made a data entry that was too long (and I had no idea what too long would be), it would overflow the buffer and corrupt the router!

So as a starting point, I would just do a factory reset on the router and know you're working from a clean slate. See if it starts up again.
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April 17, 2011 1:39:33 AM

Update:

I did a standard restart on the router as it was acting even buggier (This was before eibgrad responded - I was away for the evening), and the restarting (buggier behavior as well) had stopped.

I am going to monitor my logs, and if a normal restart doesn't fix it again I shall try the Factory reset.

UPDATE 2:

The wireless restart was not fixed. I have used the factory reset, and shall see if that fixes things.

If not, I plan to use older firmware.
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May 29, 2011 5:53:45 AM

I purchased the same router 1 month ago to go with a new Win7 build. I could never keep a wireless connection going for more than 4-6 hrs and tried numerous suggestions from various forums to disable DNS Relay and many other things, nothing worked, no improvement whatsoever. I then changed from "Auto Channel " to selecting a fixed channel and for the last 5 days everything is fine, not one dropped connection. I chose Channel 1 but I'm sure others would work as well. I have since reset every other suggested option to default and left the "Auto Channel" disabled and forced to Channel 1, still perfect. If you're still having trouble give the forced channel a try. I was at the point where I was going to return the 655 and now I couldn't be happier.

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June 5, 2011 1:06:12 PM

Thanks for your suggestion, John. I don't think that will help, as I had to change the channel of my router to #11 as my wireless phone caused disruption of the signal when it was on auto.

What I have found out, however, is that when my laptop is connected the wireless restarts occur. This I found out much later (hence the lack of updates). I am not sure why, but I shall try different settings of the adapter once I can replicate the restart phenomenon again.
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June 5, 2011 3:14:48 PM

Vearo,

I've now had solid service for more than 10 days and the only change of settings to the 655 is forcing a channel instead of "auto". I also found the following free and useful app that lets me see any other routers in my area that could cause conflicts. I hope you can work it out because now that the 655 is reliable it's a great router as advertised. Here's the link.


http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/


John
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January 2, 2013 4:56:51 PM

I'd like to offer another possibility for these issues. I just diagnosed, solved, and verified the solution to both "Wireless Restart" as well as DIR-655 constant reboot issues by removing a 2.4GHz modern (circa 2012) V-Tech digital cordless base station from the vicinity of the DIR-655. The issues occur when the cordless phone base station is in very close promixity (under 6-10') to the DIR-655; when the cordless phone base station is moved 20' + a drywall away, DIR-655 suddenly resumes happy "non-reboot" "non-wireless restart" operation. This is obviously both a h/w and a s/w issue with DIR-655 (NOTHING should ever cause a device to reboot, interference or otherwise!), but this did mitigate the issue until the DIR-655 can be thrown out.
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July 1, 2014 10:45:24 PM

Hi, I also had this wireless restart issue on my DIR-655. After research on the web a bit, I found out that "change the channel for your wireless AP" seems to solve the problem. I was having wireless restart every 2-3 min. After change from auto to channel 9 (try and error), the problem seems to have gone away for at least 2 hours for now.

after the channel change, only one restart within 8 hours for now.
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