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Monday Mar 12, 2007

My wireless router died

Out of the blue for no apparent reason, my wireless router I use for my home network died. One morning it was working, and that evening it wasn't and was just locked up. I couldn't even get an IP address using DHCP or ping the router from a machine with a static IP. The power, WAN, and 4 LAN LEDs were all lit and resetting the box didn't help at all either.

I reported the problem to D-Link but their tech support had me try to go to the web-based admin GUI to troubleshoot it. HELLO, I reported that the router was hung and I couldn't get an IP address or ping it! How would I be able to get to the admin GUI? I actually tried calling their support and got a terribly staticky line and he too had me try a bunch of stuff that clearly wasn't going to work.

Alas, it was probably just time for it to die (over 3 years old) although I would have expected it to last much longer. Needless to say I wasn't impressed with D-Link's support. So, I'm using my old NetGear wired router which works great many years after buying it. My wife just doesn't like the ethernet cables strung around the house now :(

So, now I must figure out what to replace it with. Do I just go with a (non D-Link!) cheap Super G? Or are the draft-n machines becoming usable?
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