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Author Topic: DIR-657 Wireless Signal Intermittently Cutting Out  (Read 6779 times)

aaroncouch

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DIR-657 Wireless Signal Intermittently Cutting Out
« on: September 11, 2013, 09:33:52 AM »

I have contacted D-Link about this issue and I have upgraded the router to the latest firmware, ver. 1.02, completely reset of the router, and changed various encryption settings -- I'm still getting the same problem.

D-Link has been unwilling to work with me in regards to getting a replacement, since there is no proof of purchase, despite me getting it within this last year. And seeing that many others are having the same issues, and there are so many problems with this router, I'm quite appalled that a company like D-Link would not stand behind such a worthless product.

So what's it doing? Well, there have been a series of symptoms, but most recently it stays connected (according to the computer -- and this happens to multiple computers), but won't load pages. The title says the "signal" cuts out, but the laptops seem to be receiving it fine, so I don't think it's that.

Errors in windows will say things like the DNS Server can't be found or that there's no valid IP address, when this issue is occurring.

I don't really know what other information to supply. I'm really tired of troubleshooting and about ready to go out and buy another router -- I just wish D-Link would stand behind their products.
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Re: DIR-657 Wireless Signal Intermittently Cutting Out
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2013, 09:40:45 AM »

Link>Welcome!
  • What region are you located?
  • Was a Factory Reset performed before and after any firmware updates?

Internet Service Provider and Modem Configurations
  • What ISP Service do you have? Cable or DSL?
  • What ISP Modem Mfr. and model # do you have?
  • What ISP Modem service link speeds UP and Down do you have?
  • Check ISP MTU requirements, Cable is usually 1500, DSL is around 1492 down to 1472. Call the ISP and ask. Link>Checking MTU Values
  • For DSL/PPPoE connections on the router, ensure that "Always ON" option is enabled.

Router and Wired Configurations
Some things to try: - Log into the routers web page at 192.168.0.1. Use IE, Opera or FF to manage the router.
  • Turn off ALL QoS or Disable Traffic Shaping (DIR only) GameFuel (DGL only and if ON.) options, Advanced/QoS or Gamefuel.
  • Turn off Advanced DNS Services if you have this option under Setup/Internet/Manual or under Setup/PARENTAL CONTROL/Set to>None: Static IP or Obtain Automatically From ISP.
  • Enable Use Unicasting (compatibility for some ISP DHCP Servers) under Setup/Internet/Manual.
  • Turn on DNS Relay under Setup/Networking. Link>Finding Faster DNS Addresses using Name Bench
  • Setup DHCP reserved IP addresses for all devices ON the router. Setup/Networking. This ensures each devices gets its own IP address when turned on and connected, eliminates IP address conflicts and helps in troubleshooting.
  • Ensure devices are set to auto obtain an IP address.
  • If IPv6 is an option on the router, select Local Connection Only or Disable IPv6 options under Setup/IPv6.
  • Set Firewall settings to Endpoint Independent for TCP and UDP under Advanced/Firewall. Enable or Disable SPI to test.
  • Enable uPnP and Multi-cast Streaming under Advanced/Networking. Disable uPnP for testing Port Forwarding rules. Enable IPv6 Multi-cast Streaming for routers that have a Media Server option. Disable IPv6 Multi-cast Streaming if IPv6 or Media Server is not being used.
  • Turn off WISH, and WPS under Advanced.
  • WAN Port Speed set to Auto or specific speed? Some newer ISP modems support 1000Mb so manually setting to Gb speeds can be supported by the router. Advanced/Advanced Networking/WAN Port Speed
  • Set current Time Zone, Date and Time. Use an NTP Server feature. Tools/Time.


Wireless Configurations
Links>Wireless Installation Considerations and Managing Signal Congestion
  • What wireless modes are you using?
  • 2.4Ghz Routers only: Try single mode G or N or mixed G and N?
  • Channel Width set for Auto 20/40Mhz or try 20Mhz only.
  • Try setting a manual Channel to a open or unused channel. 1, 6 or 11. 11 for single mode N if the channel is clear.
  • What security mode are you using? Preferred security is WPA-Personal. WPA2/AES Only. Some WiFi adapters don't support AES, so you might want to try TPIK only or Auto TPIK and AES.
  • What wireless devices do you have connected?
  • Any cordless house phones?
  • Any other WiFi routers in the area? Link> Use InSSIDer to find out. How many? This could cause WiFi to drop connections.
  • If you have any of these options, Try turning OFF or ON Short GI, WLAN Partition, HT 20/40 Co-exhistance and Extra Wireless Protection if you have it. Recommended settings are default. Under Advanced/Advanced Wireless.
  • Enable WMM Enable Under Advanced/Advanced Wireless.
  • Try setting Medium or Low power output settings and test again Under Advanced/Advanced Wireless.


3rd Party Security Software Configurations
  • Turn off all anti virus and firewall programs on PC while testing. 3rd party firewalls are not generally needed when using routers as they are effective on blocking malicious inbound traffic.
  • Turn off all devices accept for one wired PC while testing.

Router Placement
Forum User - "Well I feel really dumb. After moving the router away from other electronic devices my speeds are back to normal. Just a heads up for anyone experiencing slow speeds, you might want to move it away from other electronics and see if that helps."
6" minimum safe distance between devices.

Web Browser Configurations
What browser are you using?
Try Opera or FF? If IE 8 or 9, set compatibility mode and test again.
Try turning off these features in Chrome:
Top right corner, little bars for options > Settings > Settings (on left) > Show advanced settings.
Uncheck these:
Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors
Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar
Predict network actions to improve page load performance
Enable phishing and malware protection

Please provide some feedback to some of the questions presented. This will give us a better idea of what is going on and help us to provide better feed back.

Any Samsung devices? If so, what model are they?

Maybe someone can review your router settings with you using Link> teamviewer if your interested. Its safe and secure.

Also did you get a case number from D-Link?
« Last Edit: September 11, 2013, 10:16:30 AM by FurryNutz »
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Re: DIR-657 Wireless Signal Intermittently Cutting Out
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2013, 06:57:23 AM »

Any status on this? I think D-Link as reviewed this now...
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Re: DIR-657 Wireless Signal Intermittently Cutting Out
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2013, 07:32:14 AM »

D-Link has contacted me about this...please let us know the status on this...
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Re: DIR-657 Wireless Signal Intermittently Cutting Out (RESOLVED)
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 08:38:50 AM »

This issue was resolved between Mr Couch and D-Link.

Your Welcome.
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