How to fix a Linksys router that is dropping the connection


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Linksys router dropping connection

Some Linksys router owners have posted on numerous software forums about their device constantly dropping the connection. One user stated:

I recently bought an EA-7500 to get faster speeds and ideally a longer range. But unfortunately ever since I set it up it seems to drop the internet connection about once a day. This morning the connection had dropped, so I rebooted the router. 20 minutes later it reset itself and dropped the connection.

As you can see, it doesn’t matter if your wireless signal might show up as strong, it serves no purpose when the wireless connection gets constantly disrupted.

Are you also trying to troubleshoot a Linksys router that keeps losing Internet connectivity at seemingly random intervals? That is precisely why we’ve created this list of solutions for you.

What can I do when Linksys router is not staying connected?

1. Change your router’s channel

change router channel

  1. Access the router’s web-based setup page by launching a web browser and entering 192.168.1.1 in the Address bar.
  2. Click the Wireless tab.
  3. On the Basic Wireless Settings sub-tab, select Manual.
  4. Click the drop-down arrow for Channel.
  5. You may now select your preferred channel.
  6. Change your router’s channel from 6 to 1 or 11.
  7. Don’t forget to click Save Settings.
  8. Finally, restart the wireless computer.

This issue could be the result of your router operating on the same frequency as your cordless telephone system or other nearby devices.

That’s why we strongly advise you to change the router’s channel to 1 or 11. These are both considered non-overlapping channels.


2. Make sure that your router is running on the latest firmware

latest firmware for router

If the wireless connection gets disrupted even after performing all the above steps thoroughly, there’s one other thing to consider. Without further ado, it’s time to double-check the router’s firmware.


Looking for instructions on how to upgrade a router’s firmware? Find out how it’s done right here.


3. Give your router’s Wi-Fi a unique SSID

router WiFi with a unique SSID

  1. Access the router’s web-based setup page.
  2. When the router’s web-based setup page opens, click Wireless.
  3. Follow this path Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings page.
  4. Select Manual.
  5. Look for Network Name (SSID) and change it to your desired name.
  6. Click Save Settings.

Every Linksys wireless router has a network name assigned to it. The technical term for it is Service Set Identifier (SSID). It’s time to give your network a unique SSID and forget about using the classic “Linksys”.

Leave it this way and don’t act surprised when trying to connect to your neighbor’s router instead of yours. You could also set SSID Broadcast to Enabled. This will further help your computer find and lock on to your router‘s signal.


4. Reduce wireless interference

wireless interference on Linksys router

Adjusting the 2.4GHz wireless channel to 1 or 11, along with customizing the Wireless Settings of the router should provide a stable broadcast signal. If the problem persists, then we suggest reducing the wireless interference immediately.

Do note that your router may be losing connectivity because of physical obstacles such as walls and floors. Try to move it to a different location, preferably in the central part of your house.

These are a few of the potential fixes for the Linksys router dropping connection problem.

If you know of any other methods that can fix a Linksync router from dropping signal, let us know in the comment section below.

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