HOW TO FIX A REBOOTING OR STUCK TP-LINK ROUTER W8960N – I WISH I KNEW THIS EARLIER

February 25, 2017   /   by Marco  / Categories :  Hardware, Technology

The Internet goes down! What do you do? I was in this situation just recently and when I checked my TP-Link router, model W8960N I noticed it was constantly rebooting. All the lights were flashing and it kept going into a loop. My heart sank when this happened as I knew my router was dying on me and I needed to go out and buy a new router.

When this happened, my kids and wife yelled out that the Internet was down and if felt like I was being savagely hunted down by predators. Luckily, I did the next logical thing, and it was to find an old ADSL modem (Billion) and got the Internet working again but the WiFi was slow because it only supported 802.11g

I decided to determine whether the TP-LINK router was recoverable so I decided to reset the router to factory defaults. This didn’t work. I then decided to leave the router turned off overnight. When I tried again in the morning all the LED lights on the TP-LINK router were on and it was flickering. I noticed the flickering could have been related to the amount of power going into the router so I decided to see if the power supply was the issue.

So on the back of the router, I checked to see what the power and current were required for the power supply. The power supply needed to provide an output of 12V with 1A as shown in the below photo:

Power on TP-LINK Router W8960N

This was the original power supply.

Power on TP-LINK Router W8960N power supply

Now you need to make sure you buy or find another power supply that has the same voltage and current. I found one from some old Creative speakers and it was a perfect match:

Power on TP-LINK Router W8960N replacement

When I tried the power supply, it was like magic – the router worked again and I saved buying a new router.

Here’s a video I captured of the problem and the fix. I wish I knew this earlier as it has happened to me in the past. I captured the video with the 360fly 4K in POV (Point of View Mode). You can buy the 360 camera here:

 

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