So then, my old Talk Talk router was kinda grumpy, refusing & dropping connections on a whim. I’d go online with my laptop while my tower slept, resume from tower, no connection without rebooting router. Having a guest stay, I’d be in my room when a previously good connection would nosedive, resorting to mobile broadband. (Wireless n over g has not improved this.)
Heat stress may’ve played a bigger part than I knew. I unpacked my new Edimax wireless n 150Mpbs (higher specs available, but as I understand this only affects internal file transfers & not in anyway limiting ADSL speeds. Besides which my tower’s dual OS compatible card is rated at 150mps.) Anyway, new router; my connection nosedived to oblivion twice in a four hour period. Ethernet access? Broke. Wireless access? Also outa the question. Feeling the top of router beneath my Linksys VoIP box was hot to the touch & therein lies the problem, I’ve always stacked them!
So, keeping the separates, well, separate, we should now be good for a permanent on situation. All in all if heat stress can affect a brand new router, it’s worth remembering, as consumer grade equipment is usually only passively cooled unless modded. Long-term exposure to heat causes various components to degrade/fail and can manifest itself as “intermittent” problems.