I have a Belkin N+ Wireless router. Up until recently, it was reliably connecting my husband's Mac Pro (wired), my Mac Mini, our iPad, and a couple of video game consoles (all wireless) to the Internet. The problem started when we bought a network storage drive (wired), mainly to back up my husband's computer. After we got it set up with Time Machine, the router started requiring daily hard resets. After checking around online, I tried updating the router's firmware and eventually got it to accept the latest version. The need to reset to router has decreased since then, but we're still need to do it from time to time. The bigger issue is that our connection speed on the iPad is ridiculously inconsistent. I've been getting anywhere from around 25Mpbs - where it should be - to well under 512k.
NEW UPDATE: I've been experimenting with position of the router and it's antennae with limited success. Connections speeds on the iPad remain high in the basement, low on the second floor, and super variable one the first floor. (I realize that the basement is not an ideal place for the router, but I don't have a better option and it worked previously.) I've been on the first floor doing nothing and had SpeedTest record speeds around 25Mbps, around 13Mbps, and under 1Mbps in the space of half an hour.
So now the question is, why is my router performing so poorly when it was fine just a few weeks ago? How can I get it back to providing reasonable speeds for my entire house?