Have you run spyware and adware programs to see if there may be a hidden culptit?. Have you run any system cleanup utilities like CCleaner, to get rid of unnecessary clutter? Have you called Verizon tech support to discuss your issue? How is your download/upload speeds via a speedtest?
There may be better routers than the Actiontec. There are certainly worse. I have had the Actiontec for several years and have been very satisfied. Any performance issues I may have had were PC related, not router. Many times, slow loading of pages is a function of the browser or the server or a poorly maintained computer.
Check you speed using this site:
It has a cool GUI interface and seems to be dead on with the measurements. This mesuared my 10/2 and later 20/5 accurately. If you are not getting the speed you paid for you should contact tech support. Bear in mind that wireless is not going to give you the same speed as wired.
And I thought it was just me. I usually power cycle everything and it's OK then. But if what y'all are seeing is what I am, everything is fine, then all of a sudden, no matter what browser, loading pages just dies and usually ended up with either a network time out or server response error (can't remember which). I've noticed it may be 10 seconds or 10 minutes later that everything clears up and starts popping again.
We've got 15/2 (about to be converted to the new bundle which includes 20/5) and usually see good speeds, but that doen't show the whole picture. I will however, be glad if we do actually get better up stream speeds. Better downstream will be a bonus though.