Belkin has fixed the issue which caused router outages
Wireless router manufacturer Belkin said in a Tuesday afternoon statement on its forum that it has fixed an issue which has recently caused the loss of Internet connectivity for some of its Wi-Fi routers.
The router-outage problem which has now been fixed by Belkin was faced by some of the company's older Wi-Fi routers which apparently disconnected from the Internet - at around midnight on Tuesday - while checking for general network connectivity from a Belkin-hosted service.
Though the reason behind the problem was not known immediately, Belkin's wireless LAN router models which were apparently affected by the issue included the F9K1102, F9K1105, F9K1113, F9K1102, F9K1105 and F9K1116.
According to Johannes Ullrich, the dean of research at the SANS Technology Institute, the routers affected by the outage included those routers which occasionally ping 'heartbeat. belkin. com' for detecting Internet connectivity.
Due to the connectivity issue, the routers' ability to use 'Domain Name System' (DNS) services - which resolve a domain name into an IP address that can be called into a browser - was affected. Suggesting a workaround to temporarily resolve the issue, Belkin had recommended that users change the DNS settings of their routers to "188.8.131.52" and to "184.108.40.206" --- the IP addresses for Google's Public DNS service.
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