I've got a pretty old cable modem, I bought it back in 2004 because I did not want to pay a monthly charge to the cable company to rent one of theirs.
I'm not sure if my problem is the cable modem or what, but I'm sure upgrading it couldn't hurt.
Here's my issue, sometimes the internet connection dies. If I unplug the cable modem and linksys router and plug them back in, about a minute later all is well. The problem is this happens a couple times a day, I'm not home very much, and my wife who is at home has to reset the modem all the time.
So what do you think this is? Is it just an old modem, a poor internet connection, are the linksys routers known for causing this kind of problem? I'm just looking for any ideas to stabilize the connection.
I guess a little process of elimination is in order.
The first question I'd ask is: Is this a recent problem? If it's recent, perhaps a call to the cable company to see if they're experiencing technical problems. If no problems, time for hardware isolation.
I'd remove the router and connect the modem directly to one computer and leave it that way for a couple of days. If the connection is solid, it's your router. If it's not, it's your modem.
If it's your modem, see if there's a firmware update.