Hi Network Hardware gurus!
I'm administering a small LAN. We are 9 people in the house.
As the title says, the internet has dropped infrequently for a year with different hardware configurations.
I'm learning to troubleshoot this as it occurs, so in the beginning I just rebooted the router/modem. Later I learned to check if I could connect to the router, and I have indeed been able to, but it did not have internet. Today when it happened I tried pinging 188.8.131.52 with no luck.
Quick facts (please ask for more if needed):
- I do know it's probably not DoS, as the ones reported by the router is only on port 443 and 80 to facebook and dropbox and the like. However, my logging game has not been strong.
- I once did a search to find rogue routers on the network, none were found.
- Most devices are connected via WIFI only playstations and a smart TV (and access points obv.) is usually wired.
- It's pure copper (did the burn test) solid wire CAT 5E all throughout the house. Longest cables are upwards of 30m or more. All the patch cables are CAT 5E too.
- One time I observed (felt) a surge coming from an ethernet port in the house. Neither the router nor the switch has PoE.
When I came here the network was: ADSL-->modem-->switch-->rooms and 1 wireless router. The connection dropped several time a week.
I scrambled together some hardware and did this: ADSL-->modem-->router-->access points (old routers with disabled DHCP) & switch to all the rooms. The connection dropped once a week.
The modem died and we got a new modem/router combo. I hoped the problem would disappear, but no. The connection dropped once every two weeks.
Now we've got: Fiber-->fiber box-->router-->access points and switch. The connection drops once every month.
What do you reckon is the problem? Is it infrequent enough that simple problems or DNS (I do not use 184.108.40.206 as the primary one, I use the ISP's) is to blame?
I've though about:
- A good surge protector to minimize noise to the fiber box, router and switch.
- Some way of checking if the surge from the ethernet port is coming from the switch or some other device, got a suggestion?
- Better cooling for the router and switch, lifting them up off the shelf a couple of cm.
Looking forward to your thoughts on this - Zumps
EDIT: I should add:
Fiber box is: I do not know
Router is: Netgear JNR1010v2 (192.168.1.100)
Switch is: Trendnet te100-s8p
Acces points are:
- Buffalo WHR-G125 (192.168.1.110)
- TP-Link TL-WR841N (192.168.1.120)
- D-Link DIR-501 (192.168.1.130) (It keeps dropping the wifi and needs a reboot, wired connections work fine)