Can wireless clients cause a router to reset periodically?
OK so…without any other explanation I can think of, I had guests in my house and it caused a TL-WR1042ND (configured as an AP) to reset periodically. Then when they left it seemed to be up for 3 days straight so far!
These were the symptoms:
After a reset, within a couple of minutes the router page cannot be accessed.
Some time after that it would reset by itself randomly.
During its up-time, often the wireless would like pause randomly (according to speedtest.net) for a few seconds before resuming. You can see this as “lag” when playing online games as well. However the LAN ports are fine (besides during reset of course), and my main router DIR-645 router worked perfectly. There’s no lag when playing games connected to the DIR-645 at all.
Prior to the problem, I just bought the router/AP and it was perfect for several days it seems. I even did large file transfers to test it. I opened a Newegg RMA, but I’m wondering this is actually a defective router or that it was my guests’ devices. Because now that they left, the router has been perfect for 3 days straight. Speedtest.net shows good results and there’s no resetting.
Other than laptops, my guests had iPads, iPhones, iPods, Blackberries. The only “new” devices they introduced to my network were iPods and Blackberries, however. Is it possible that these mess up certain routers? Or could it be a virus on their laptops?
But then woudn't it effect the overall internet performance? I would think that the bandwidth bottleneck would be the internet speed, and you would actually "feel it" doing other things that's both wired and connected to the other router. And I've checked speedtest.net periodically and didn't see any notable drop in my plan's speed.
OK, I had the problem happen again and have determined it comes from old iPod Touch's connecting to the router. It's not really doing anything intensive. As a matter of fact, I tried to see if it was a faulty G-radio so I used a Palm Treo to stream Youtube for a couple of hours and there was no problem with the Palm Treo.