As much as I know better about routers I still took the time to read the manual to be sure that I am correct with my theory.
I wanted to make sure your router does not have a feature that turns off the router at specific times of the day. Conclusion, it has none.
Unless your router is wired to an outlet that is wired to a wall switch, which is being switched off, there is no feature built into the router for it to turn off its power automatically unless there is a electrical problem some where.
The router does however, have a feature built into its firmware that can block the internet at certain times of the day. But this feature does not shut the routers power off.
My first piece of advice is for you to disconnect the power adapter from the router, let the router sit for at least 5 whole minutes with no power supplied to it.
After 5 minutes, plug the power adapter back into the router again and let the status LEDs blink as they should and see if the icon that looks like an I stays lit but blinks on and off, this means your router has established a connection with the Internet or also called WAN for Wide Area Network.
The LED with a check mark, only blinks continuously when the router is conducting its maintenance at start up.
The LED with a circle is the power LED.
The numbered lights 1 through 4 are each wired device that uses the ports 1 though 4 on the router's back panel.
The other icon that looks like a wand, only lights or blinks when the wireless option is enabled in the router and a wireless device is successfully connected to the router.
I am not sure if you are using the correct NetGear brand power adapter, it should have the name NetGear stamped right on the adapter's housing that plugs into an AC outlet.
If it does not say NetGear, you are powering the router with the wrong AC power adapter. This can happen when you have many power adapters around the area of the computer and get them mixed up when you relocate the computer setup or move things around.
Case in point. I have seen where one friend of mine had a computer setup and they moved to a new house.
They hooked up their computer setup and had problems with two devices, their printer and their router. They could not figure out why one did not work at all and the other one was over heating and not working (shutting down).
What happened was they had the printer's power adapter which was more Amps powering the router, which was over heating. The printer was powered by the routers adapter which was too little Amps and not enough power to power up the printer.
Get my point?
Now getting back on track here, please try what I suggested above about power off the router for 5 minutes.
Check the power adapter for the NetGear name.
Please post back your results and we will go from there.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 08 July 2010 - 12:40 PM.