For a while now, I’ve been having problems using Bittorrent. After starting a large download, sometime during the night my internet connection would drop. I knew it was not a problem with my local machine because my router administration page was reporting it was disconnected from the WAN and I was not able to have it reconnect. It was reporting that it was not able to obtain an IP address from the ISP’s DHCP server.
At first, I was suspicious that my ISP was possibly cutting me off and capping my transfer volume. However, I soon discovered that I could re-establish my connection by doing a hard reset on my router and DSL modem.
My basic setup includes a Speedstream 5100 DSL modem and a Linksys WRT54G v3 wireless access point/router. Previously, I was using a Netgear MA814 AP that had a specific problem with my DSL modem that required me to put the modem into bridged mode.
So, to make a long story short, one or all of the following things fixed my problem.
- Changed DSL modem from “Bridge mode” to “Bridge mode with IP Address pass Issuance.” This required a reset to factory defaults because once the modem goes into bridge mode, you cannot access the administration page.
- Updated the firmware of the DSL modem.
- Updated the firmware of my Linksys AP
So, I’m mainly posting this up here in case others are having a similar problem and find this via a search. Both of my devices are very common so it is very likely there are many others out there with the same combination. Good luck!