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I have a Netgear WNR3500v2 router that becomes unresponsive frequently (once a day or so); all connections through the router drop and all pings to the router time out. New computers timeout when trying to connect wireless; and wired-connected devices don't get assigned IP address. So far, my only remedy has been to restart the router.

How should I debug the problem? Is there a known problem with the router?

More Details:

  • The network consists of two Macs (one running Mountain Lion), iOS devices, two printers, and Boxee
  • I couldn't figure out a direct correlation between any event/time with router unresponsiveness, but it become more frequent recently
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How long you've had this router? This could be a sign that its dying, remember its a device thats basically 24 hours on. You can try switching it for another one to see if it keeps happening. –  Rhyuk Jul 19 '12 at 15:40
The router is just over a year old. It's unlikely that's the router is dying quite yet. –  notnoop Jul 19 '12 at 19:28
When you get the problem again connect one of the laptops directly to your modem. If you get normal connectivity then its definitely the router. –  Rhyuk Jul 19 '12 at 19:40

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