Lately I have been having this weird WiFi issue where my WiFi router will just disappear. Now, I'm talking about my actual WiFi router, not my
Internet router. At first I thought it might be my device losing its signal, but when I'd look I can still see other routers available, just not
mine. It's like it goes completely off-line. When it does this it does not come back on-line after a while, it just stays off-line. The only way to
make it come back on-line is to power cycle the router.
So, here's the weird part...The router only does this at the top of the hour. It's not the same hour, just random different hours, but always at
exactly the top of the hour. Not 5 minutes after, or ten, and not 20 minutes before...it's always at exactly the top of the hour (i.e. 7:00, 8:00,
etc.). After I power cycle the router it will stay on-line for the rest of the day sometimes, but other times it may do this 2-3 times a day.
There's no pattern other than it's always at exactly the top of the hour.
Here's some other pieces of info:
- This particular WiFi router is also a hardware based firewall. And the firewall is set up.
- The router has been in service for 5+ years, and it only just recently started doing this.
- The way I have my security set up is, users are granted a 24 hour token, after which their session will expire and they have to log in again (to the
WiFi router for another token).
- The router is a ZyXEL router
- The SSID is not broadcast
- I run WPA2 security on the firewall
Any ideas on what might be going on?? It's starting to get irritating.
At first I thought maybe the router was losing its clocking and expiring the tokens, but that's not it, because if it was I'd still be able to see the
router (but I'd have to log in). But, I don't see the router at all when it happens. It's like it just vanishes. The 'idiot lights' on the router
still show connections, but there are none. Then I thought it might be my PC/laptop, but it happens to my wife's devices too...and at the exact same
time, with exactly the same symptoms. The only fix I've found is to power cycle the router, and then it comes right back up. But this is a pain
because sometimes I'm in a different building, which means I'll have to hike all the way down to the house to reset it. There's no other pattern I've
been able to determine other than the top of the hour (and a completely random hour too, it can be morning, evening or night...just completely
ETA - I'm wondering now if it could be dust related. (??) I've blown it out, but I didn't pull the cover off it as it's not really a serviceable
unit. I'd really like to find the problem because it took a long time to set this all up and I really don't feel like going through all that again!
(The manual is like 550 pages!). However, it seem to be happening more frequently as time marches on.
edit on 7/24/2019 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)