BEFSR41 DHCP gets tired and stops

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by labarnas, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. labarnas

    labarnas Network Guru Member

    I'm on Charter Pipeline routed by the befsr41 for wired and a wap54g for the wireless notebooks.
    I emailed linksys with this problem. Their reply was "thanks for the info, we will pass it along."
    It may be sp2 related because I didn't notice anything before that. All conputers were upgraded about the same time.

    The problem: The router was configured as "out of the box" with dhcp active and assigning IPs. After several hours to several days it would refuse a connection to any computer as it started up or came out of hibernation. They would all report that on IP addr could not be obtained. "Little or no connectivity" message at systray. Release and renew reported "cannot obtain ip address. Wireless reports excellent signal.

    If I pull the power from the befsr41 and plug in again it would work for several hours to several days then fail again.
    Any connection that "stayed up" continued to work okay.

    When this thing started the router was a ver 2. After talking to linksys on the phone the *tech* convinced me that the router was defective and should be replaced. I bought a new one, ver 3 1.05.03, and put it in place. Imagine how angry I was ahen it behaved exactly the same way. That's when I emailed them as stated above.

    So now I'm using static ips on each computer which works solid. Connects every time and haven't powered it down for about a month now.

    Sooo.... Now I'm curious. Anyone heard of this problem? And did what about it? Any other firmware that makes this router work as advertised?
  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Did you try switching off the firewall in SP2 and seeing whether the problem went away?
  3. labarnas

    labarnas Network Guru Member

    Yes, I shut down my firewall(zonealarm) AND the windows firewall.
    Still happens on all computers when all firewalls and antivirus is shut down. I don't like doing that but the question always comes up.
  4. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    How did you shutdown ZoneAlarm, if you closed it via the task bar icon then that won't stop it from running, it just closes the GUI. The correct way is to uncheck the "Load ZoneAlarm at startup" box and reboot the PC.
  5. labarnas

    labarnas Network Guru Member

    Now that you mention it, I believe "true vector" will still be running.

    Running this test will take some time so will try it this evening.

    What about ZoneAlarm do you think would cause this problem?

    I noticed when using the routers dhcp that it would slow down before failing completely. It would take some time to "get connected", as though it would be trying to reestablish the IP addr that was under lease, then finally connect. One or two times after this it would fail to connect.

    Maybe zonealarm getting in the way of renewing the lease or something?

    BTW thanks for the response, George
  6. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    That's quite possible, depending on how you've got ZoneAlarm configured.
  7. Gandalf

    Gandalf Guest

    I have the EXACT same problem. I have the same router (BEFSR41 version 2) and have experienced the same situation.

    I can tell you it appears to not be OS related since I had the router on a Windows 2000 machine and now on XP SP2. I have the latest firmware (1.46.02 dated August 3, 2004).

    I am not running ZoneAlarm nor the Windows XP firewall, although I do have Norton's SystemWorks active. I'm pretty sure it is not related to Norton running in the background since I did not have Norton's on the Win2000 machine.

    I also have all the machines and other Linksys devices (WAP and print server) running with static IP's (not assigned by the DCHP server in the router) and this works flawlessly.

    Personally I think it is a defective router, but if anyone has any ideas on what else to try I will certainly give it a whirl . . .
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