So this is what happened... I baught the router and installed it fine the first time... everything went smooth, then it started to lose the connection to the internet and mysteriously come back. I thought it had something do to with my installation so i tried going back and doing it again. I dont know how, but on the second or third try it wouldnt even recognize the router. The power light is blinking (which apparenlty means the firmware is all screwed up) but i cannot even access the router via its ip address (192.168.1.1 in internet explorer) to flash the firmware with an updated version. Tried assigning a static IP to my desktop and pinging the router... but it times out. I was on the phone with linksys for hours... they offer no help basically. Any help.. please!!