Router turning WIFI ON

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by HankG, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. HankG

    HankG Guest

    I wish to disable WIFI when not online (iPad, only). I've noticed that the
    router (Netgear N600) has turned WIFI on several times.

    What could be causing this. I am a Comcast customer with a plain
    (non-router) modem. It seems that many are experiencing routers turning
    itself off. Could CC be sending some type of signal?

    HankG, Aug 30, 2014
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  4. HankG

    HankG Guest

    I am familiar with Comcast's 'public wifi' project, but as stated, my router
    is NOT proprietary to Comcast, and is secured. While it is dual frequency
    in operaation, it has only a single communication channel to my internet.

    My interest is whether Comcast could remotely turn my in-house wifi on.

    HankG, Aug 31, 2014
  5. HankG

    Char Jackson Guest

    No, nor would they want to.

    I may have missed it, but what's the make, model, and firmware version of
    the router?

    How are you turning its WiFi off? What's the indication that it's turning on
    by itself?

    Thinking out loud before I have any facts, I wonder if the router is failing
    to a point where it restarts and falls back to a set of operating defaults.
    Surely, the default operating mode for any WiFi router is 'WiFi = on".
    Yet, if that's happening it seems like the SSID and WiFi security settings
    would also be reset to defaults.
    Char Jackson, Aug 31, 2014
  6. HankG

    HankG Guest

    I'm trying to find out definitely, if Comcast is sending a signal to their
    wireless gateways which is reaching my router. I wouldn't doubt that they
    would want to optimize their public WIFI.
    It is a Netgear N600. Don't have firmware information, but no info re:
    upgrades were sent by Netgear.

    The unit has a convenient switch to turn wifi on or off (differs from power
    switch). There are LEDs (blue/orange) which indicate that WIFI is on.
    During this experiement, I have turned WIFI is off (no LEDs). I can look
    (up), or if away from the computer and return later, and notice that LEDs
    are on. I thought that this behavior was strictly random with regard to
    when it occurs. During the last few days, I have noticed that this
    phenomenon seems to occur between the hours of 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM. (only
    once). I will try to narrow the time interval in the next few days
    (schedule permitting). If indeed, it is occuring at about the same time, it
    would lend credence to my theory.
    The router is 8 months old and during most aggressive use (iPad and computer
    streaming at the same time), it appears to work flawlessly.

    HankG, Sep 1, 2014
  7. HankG

    Char Jackson Guest

    Your router doesn't belong to Comcast; therefore, they have no access to it.
    They can't send "signals" to it to make it do things such as turning WiFi on
    or off. You can be quite sure of that.

    The Comcast 'public WiFi' of which you speak doesn't include privately owned
    routers and access points such as yours, so you're in the clear on that.
    Thanks for the info. I don't know what "sent by Netgear" means, since it is
    absolutely out of the ordinary for any manufacturer to send such information
    to an end customer. If you want to check for new firmware, that's a step
    that you have to take. Netgear will not proactively try to hunt you down
    unless, for example (and this is a stretch), your router is known to burst
    into flames. Even then, do they have any idea that you own one of their
    products? Most likely they don't.

    Are you using the default SSID? If you're using the default SSID with no
    security, you'd have very little indication that the router is
    rebooting/resetting except for the WiFi turning on by itself.

    If you're not using the default SSID but it resets to default at the same
    time that the WiFi is turning on, it might indicate that the router is

    What theory is that?
    Noted, thanks, but 'working hard' is a bit misleading. These things really
    don't have much work to do. They're usually more affected by environment
    (especially heat and moisture) than by network traffic.
    Char Jackson, Sep 1, 2014
  8. HankG

    Margherita Gildersleeve

    Sep 12, 2014
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    Thank you for the information. I have been having the same problem since this weekend. I will try all possible solutions and I hope one could work out for me.
    Margherita Gildersleeve, Oct 13, 2014
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