I'm running into the oddest problem.
I've used an Asus RT-n16 at home with a variety of TomatoUSB builds, no problem, for years now. It's been so stable that I installed one at the community radio station where I work as the tech consultant, about a year ago. For the longest period of time, everything was fine. We just have a small LAN…a couple of wireless clients, six or seven PC's, nothing special.
Then, I installed a "dumb" 8-port Gigabit network switch in November, as we needed one extra network port to accommodate another computer. And from that point on, all hell has been breaking loose.
The router started to randomly reboot. It might be fine for a few minutes, but at random intermittent intervals it would simply reboot. At first I thought it might be caused by the new computer's USB wireless adapter. So I wired it in via Ethernet. Router still kept rebooting.
I thought it might be the switch, so I swapped out the switch with another brand new 8-port Gigabit switch and tried that for a day or two. Router still kept randomly rebooting.
I tried swapping out the cable linking the switch to the RT-n16. Router kept rebooting. I tried putting the cable onto different ports. Still random reboots.
Finally I said, maybe the router has gone bad. So I put in a Linksys E3200 with TomatoUSB installed. This router rebooted just as randomly as the Asus (I've since put the Asus back in.)
I decided to try a different build. I'd been using the latest shibby TomatoUSB. So I switched to the latest Toastman build. Same thing—random router reboots.
Okay. Now I'm at my wits' end, right? I finally found something odd. We have a few people with iPhones at the station. The router reboots seem to occur when an iPhone is in proximity to the router. For instance, I watched the router be absolutely fine all day with just me in the office with my iPhone powered on, but dormant. As soon as I clicked into my iPhone and started pressing buttons and fiddling with it, accessing the App Store, etc, the router rebooted. It rebooted once more, before I turned off my iPhone. From that point on, no issues.
This isn't just my own iPhone. I tested it with other people's iPhones. Often (but NOT ALWAYS!) the router would reboot if they were around, using their iPhones. Sometimes it's fine, but more often it seems like that's when the router starts being flaky.
So…I'm not sure what to do next. I can't tell people not to use their iPhones. Has anyone any suggestions here?