Routers (again?)

Charles Collicutt ccollicutt at
Wed Dec 12 12:17:05 GMT 2007

Aaron Crane wrote on 12/12/2007 11:26:31:
> Does _anybody_ manufacture wireless ADSL routers which can be plugged
> in, configured, and then ignored for a year?

I've tried Linksys, Belkin and Netgear. I know of others who have tried 
D-Link. All of them seem to drop connections and fail to reconnect 
automatically. If you have many TCP/IP connections open at the same time 
(such as might happen if you use a BitTorrent client with its default 
settings) then the modem/router will get very hot and disconnect, 
requiring a pause to let it cool down before you turn it back on again. 
I'm not sure why this is the case but it seems to happen whichever home 
networking kit I buy. Limiting the number of connections open at any one 
time does help, but is annoying as I sometimes have many connections open 
for legitimate reasons rather than BitTorrent naughtiness.

I've actually been surprisingly happy with the BT Home Hub that came with 
my BT Broadband connection. I'd be happier if only BT didn't throttle my 
connection quite so drastically.


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