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Interesting WAN packet loss

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When I hear about Internet routers or modems developing issues after a week or 2, I immediately think that the router or modem has run out of scratch space. If you reboot your router and modem and the problem goes away again for about a week or so, then I believe that confirms it.

 

In my experience, this is a common issue with consumer routers & modems. In a number of them, the firmware does a poor job of memory garbage collection (i.e. reclaiming memory space that was allocated for use at one point, but the purpose for which it was allocated is no longer valid - the memory space is supposed to be reassigned to a list of available RAM addresses - that way the router doesn't ever have to run out of space).

 

This issue was particularly prevalent on the Linksys WRT54G routers when running the default Linksys firmware. In a typical household it was necessary to reboot the router every 1 to 2 weeks (to clear out the RAM and give the firmware a fresh start).

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storeybored

Thanks for all the help and suggestions guys! 

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