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Why Do Routers Get Clogged Up?


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#1 Hal06

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 12:11 PM

So, I had a Linksys router for several years that never, to the best of my recall, gave me any trouble. I switched to an Apple Airport so that I could stream iTunes. It works fine, except that every month or so, it slows down and eventually goes down. I have to unplug it and the modem, let them rest for a minute or so, and then start them up again. What causes this? Do they just get to clogged up? Is there maintenance I can do regularly to prevent this? It always happens at the most inopportune time!

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 01:21 PM

Routers do not get 'clogged up', and there is no maintenance to be done. Have you contacted your ISP to verify that there are no line problems? It is also possible that your ISP is throttling your bandwidth, which would cause it to slow down.

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 02:07 PM

What is "throttling the bandwidth?"

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 03:20 PM

Some ISPs restrict download speeds after a user exceeds a certain amount of bandwidth; Or the place that you are downloading from may be restricting your downloads if you have used their service too much (since they are paying for bandwidth).




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