questionshow do i know if my router is truly dead?

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Show your router some of your previous responses on the ATC forum.....if it laughs/smiles, then it's dead.

Seriously, it sounds like it's time for a new router. Linksys is only good for a few years.

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@jsimsace: ATC Forum? Air Traffic Control?

Well I seriously will get a new router if this one is dead, but I'd rather not buy a new one if not needed.

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Sounds like the radio died. Time for a new router. Netgear's WNDR3700 is pretty nice. It's also DD-WRT compatible.

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@woadwarrior: alright, thanks. Is there any way to confirm this? I don't know enough about routers to actually know what tests to do.

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@jsimsace: Oh, right, yeah, of course. It laughed.

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If you flashed it with Linksys firmware and it still doesn't work, you're screwed. Buy a new router. DD-WRT has the capability of pushing a router extremely hard, so there is a good chance that it can cause hardware to fail.

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sounds like your router got run over by a kar-ma.

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@merrill64: yeah that's what I figured. It lasted a couple years though, so pretty happy with it.

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Just in case anyone still looks at this post, I have noticed a strong trend of hardware failure at the power supply end. (The power supply fails to provide enough power for proper operations).
Rule of thumb for non OEM power supply.
Volts must be equal.
Polarity must be the same.
Amps from the new replacement power supply can be higher, or equal. The device will pull the amps it needs to work.