I don't actually expect an easy answer for this, but I also don't know enough about networking to make that judgment. Occasionally when uploading covers or screenshots to Moby, my cable modem will reset. This then requires me to go down the chain and reset router (and often computer) since the old IPs are apparently not valid when the cable modem finishes booting back up. That's fairly annoying.
File size does not appear to make any difference. It's not hanging on large uploads. It also only appears when uploading to Moby, but there aren't any other sites I'm doing frequent uploading to.
Any obvious reason for this?
You might want to verify if it is Mobygames causing this, or if it is a general fault (more likely)
Try updating the modem firmware.
(Edited by Daniel Saner (2407), Jul 23, 2010)Re: Modem resets when uploading covers
Daniel Saner (2407), Jul 23, 2010
I have an old junker of a ZyXEL modem/router combo that does this as well, quite regularly, and not specific to any site or task, but just large volumes of data, and uploading specifically. Knowing the make of your modem could be interesting, I have heard that it is quite a common problem with ZyXEL and Netgear devices, and a known one for numerous other manufacturers.
Also, it only happens if I am working on my laptop with WiFi - are you by any chance on wireless as well? If so, you could try attaching a LAN cable when uploading covers.
I don't have the technical explanation, but to me it happens most often when downloading Windows updates or Ubuntu updates, or when uploading data for more than ~10 seconds, whether it is uploading to a remote webserver or a device in my local network. It also happens when I stream HD video to my PS3, which is why I usually hook it up with the LAN cable when streaming.
The signal will just get very weak. Sometimes, the device simply loses its WiFi connection to the router and can reconnect after 1-2 minutes. Sometimes, the modem will lose its Internet connection which I then have to manually reset. And in other, quite frequent cases, the whole device reboots.
Edit: If you're using Windows Vista or Windows 7, and your modem is a bit older (5+ years) you should consult Google on how to disable the use of the Broadcast flag. I have no idea what that flag does, and to deactivate it you have to add some registry key. I remember that back when I used Vista I had to do this on my notebook, otherwise the router would always reboot a few minutes after the notebook connected to it. Edit of the edit: Here is the corresponding Microsoft Knowledge Base article.