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router drops

router drops

router drops

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I have Netgear RP614 router.  I had no problems for years. Last year I began to have random dropped connections several times a day.  Maybe two months ago it did not connect each time I booted up my laptop.  I have had to disconnect the router power  and reconnect that, then do an IPCONFIG /renew on my laptop in order to get connected to the internet (through the cable company modem).

I changed the router connection port (it has 4) from #1 to #2 to plug in the line.  Problem was better but still not great and sometimes did not connect on boot up.   

Earlier this week I changed to port #4 and have had NO problems.  

Question - is there something that breaks or wears out in a port?

RE: router drops

ports do go bad , especially on low end consumer grade equipment , I would take a look at how you are connecting to the router

if you have home made patch cords or have just crimped a plug on the end of a cable that would be the first thing I would look at  

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