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Wireless Router 50% functionality

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Hi, brand new here but I'm at the end of my rope on this head-banging problem and I am desperate. I recently bought my parents a wireless linksys router (802.11b) so they can take advantage of the internet with laptops and such. Well I came home for vacation and find out that its been broken for some time, partially anyway. The only hardwired PC in the whole house works fine because its directly connected.

    But absolutely no wireless devices can communicate with it. Even a laptop sitting RIGHT NEXT to it gets no communication. It can find the network and get on it, and send packets, but it gets no communication back from it. Whats weird is that it says the signal strength is Very Good. And I know its not the laptop because it won't talk to other computers wirelessly either.

    How can the signal be anything but null when theres no communication? How can the hard wired PC do fine but laptops and other wireless devices can't do anything?
  2. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    did u try to hold the reset button on the rotuer. what router version is it
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Yes, I must have reset it a dozen times. Its a model BEFW11S4
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Well, I think I have finally fixed it... but in a very perplexing way. If ANYONE knows how this worked then please let me know.

    After unplugging the hub and router, resetting both, and replugging everything back into the hard wired PC, I found out that this one lost its internet as well. So now neither hardwired or wireless worked. Whats weird is that all the while it read strong signals on the router interface. Anyway, after discovering I could no longer use the internet through a browser, I fired up a random instant messaging program and I found out that I could log into and chat with people! So I went BACK to the internet browser now having known that there was indeed a connection there. Lo and behold the browser surfs now, but ONLY after I had logged into the messenger. After a reboot, I find out the internet works completely as it did before, no problems. So I went back to the wireless PCs to see if the whole Instant Messenger 'hack' worked for the wireless problem. It did, and after a reboot, the internet is back to normal, with or without the messenger.

    How weird is that?
  5. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    what do you mean here, the hub or router
  6. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    After hooking everything back up, I found out the wired PC which had been working before was no longer getting an internet connection. Somehow the messenger jump-started the connection back? I have no idea..
  7. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i think it could have been a bandwidth problem. i thinkk that the instant message program just opened up the bandwidth? well.....this is my explanation for this. though this is interesting and ill look into this
  8. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    update firmware it is genius

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