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I've a Netgear WNDR4500v3 I use to route all the traffic of my home (2 rMBP, 1 iMac, 2 PS4, 1 iPhone, 1 HTC, 1 Epson Printer, 1 Philips TV and 1 Chromecast).

I used to live in an area where the max broadband was about 5 mbit/s and it never had a problem with it.

Recently I moved to an area where I have a 50 mbit/s connection and the problems started:

After few weeks the internet connection suddenly slows down and when I login into the router admin page the panel isn't responsive as it should be. Once I reboot the router, everything starts working normally again for the next ~2 weeks.

My router is connected to a ZTE modem/router that works just as modem (I have disabled every feature of it), this is the same configuration I had in my previous home (I had a Vodafone Station 2 with everything disabled).

I looked for custom firmwares but seems like the v3 is not supported by neither of them.

Ideas to fix the problem?

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  • As a general rule, domestic routers have brains the size of peanuts. I'd say you're doing well to go several weeks between reboots. In fact I'd call it 'better than expected behaviour'. – Tetsujin Aug 27 '16 at 18:13
  • Yea the problem is that there's not an auto-restart rule in the firmware and I'd like to add domotic stuff soon, this could be a problem :( – Fez Vrasta Aug 27 '16 at 18:15
  • Anecdotally, I only fixed my router's 'peanut' issue by replacing it with a corporate device. Now I reboot it for firmware updates & nothing else. Weeks/months. – Tetsujin Aug 27 '16 at 18:16
  • Can you suggest some good brand? – Fez Vrasta Aug 27 '16 at 18:17
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    I use Sophos UTM - it's free for 50 seats , just BYO computer & 2 NICs [but you cannot get support like paying customers, you need to be able to figure it out yourself from the rather comprehensive documentation]. – Tetsujin Aug 27 '16 at 18:19

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