So let me start with the problem. Quite often the wireless network in my house stops working and I'm forced to unplug and plug it back in (power cycle) -- I'm going to estimate this happens 10-25 times per week. Essentially I realize it when the wireless internet in my apartment goes out -- and it appears the whole network dies, I have a Drobo hooked up and I'm no longer able to access that from my computer when this happens. A simple power cycle fixes the issue 100% of the time. Sometimes I am good again for a day or two, sometimes it breaks again in 10 minutes.
I'm completely stumped as to what is causing the router to "break" -- high usage, low usage, and everything in between. Seems completely intermittent. I talked to my parents and sisters a couple weeks ago and they have been experiencing the same thing -- note that they have the same ISP as me but live on the other side of the city and have a different router made by a different company. One of my sisters has a boyfriend who figured out that power cycling fixes things which is why I didn't get a frantic call from them sooner.
I've tried calling my ISP but all they want to do is plug their ears and yell "we don't support third party routers" -- the router they do provide is complete garbage, I tried it for about a week but it seemed to have a three device maximum and was bouncing devices when I tried to connect more than that, since I have multiple computers, a table, a cell phone and occasional guests their router isn't even an option.
My original theory was that whenever my ISP detected I had torrents running they would somehow do something that would cause my router to get confused/freeze up/etc and cause me to have to power cycle. I have absolutely no proof of this and even with torrents disabled this issue happens so I may just be getting too conspiracy-minded.
I have no idea what to do at this point but living the rest of my life having to constantly power cycle my router is a gigantic problem and I'm hoping either there's something I can buy or something I can do to stop this problem.