Updating router firmware fixed my router connection/Wii freezing issue

When I got my Wii, I noticed that I kept losing internet connection. I thought it was a coincidence and that I just had a bad DSL connection. My laptop was able to connect to my wireless router but I had trouble getting an IP address from my ISP.

I was able to browse the web and download updates from the web on my Wii, so it wasn’t like I had the same connection problems other people had. Even then, I tried suggestions like changing the channel (I set it to auto-select). My network was already set to mixed b/g signals.

It was an annoying problem. It’s bad enough losing internet access on my Wii and laptop. It was frustrating that when the network failed, so did the Wii! It would freeze and get stuck just loading a game that doesn’t even use the internet. I would have to do a forced power down.

I looked at my router logs and saw that the Wii made a lot of connection attempts while in standby. To rule out the culprit, I disabled Standby internet connection on the Wii. My DSL worked fine. However, when I manually went online with the Wii, my router disconnected. It seemed as if it rebooted, and thus lost wireless connectivity as well as connection to the DSL modem. The wireless recovered faster than the internet connectivity, so that was why I thought the problem was only with losing internet access.

I asked and searched around to see if anyone else had the same problem, but found no one with whom to commisserate. Finally, I figured that I should try upgrading the firmware on my two-year old D-Link router. I haven’t had a problem since then.

So, if anyone else has the same problem which can’t be fixed in any other way, try upgrading your router’s firmware. If you do the upgrade, be aware that the upgrade will zap your router’s memory so that all your settings will be gone. This includes admin password being set to default, WEP key being cleared, etc. This is a pain but it’s better in the long run to keep software and hardware up-to-date with regards to the latest security fixes.

It’s a huge relief to know that I don’t have something wrong with my Wii. I waited so long and worked so hard to get it that having to go through the return process with Nintendo would be difficult to endure. To those who don’t know, it’s not really straightforward to return Wii’s. Since they contain personal account and game information, you can’t just return the Wii to the store. If you want to keep the information, you need to send the Wii to Nintendo, which will then transfer the info to a new Wii. Obviously, this process would take some time.

It was cool and pretty to see the illuminated blue slot today since I was able to use Standby mode again.

Update 2007-09-22: I haven’t had a problem with my Wii freezing since this. Your mileage my vary, of course, but hopefully this is something you could do help fix the issue if you have it, too.

2 thoughts on “Updating router firmware fixed my router connection/Wii freezing issue”

  1. HI THERE TRY A BELKIN N-1 ROTER WITH DISSPLAY IT IS A PLUG AND PLAY UP TO 16 WI-FI SYSTEMS I AM CURENTLY USEING A BELKIN N-1 ROUTER IT TELLS ME UPLOAD AND DOWNLOAD SPEEDS DATA TRANSFERED YOU JUST PLUG IT IN TOO YOUR DSL OR CABLE MODEM AND ITS ONBOARD SOFT WERE GIVES ALL YOUR WI-FI SYSYTEMS THE CODE SOO JUST TURN ON YOUR WI-FI GAGET AND YOUR CONECTED INSTANTLY

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