BEFSR41 problems - whole network is dead, why?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Twinmama, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. Twinmama

    Twinmama Network Guru Member

    I have been having the intermittent problem with my BEFSR41 (ver. 2) for several months now and it's been driving me nuts. Every few weeks or months, my whole network will just completely disappear. I have not turned on the XP firewall, and I have not changed in settings in router. I have Charter for my cable connection. I am running ZoneAlarm but see nothing amiss there. And I do have the latest firmware, version 1.46.02.

    Basically what this means is that I can get on the internet, but none of my other computers can.

    Does anybody have any clue as to what's up with this? It seems so random. I will sit and have to run the network wizard on all the computers over and over until it finally works, but sometimes this can take hours, and I don't know why it works and sometimes doesn't (as you can see, I'm kind of clueless when it comes to networking). And tonight nothing worked.

    If it helps you, for some reason I cannot do any IP release or renews on either my computer or my husband's--no idea why, it's never been a problem before. It says "unable to contact DCHP server."

    Has a stupid Windows Update done this, maybe? I am totally out of ideas. I am getting so sick of this! Help, please!
  2. Twinmama

    Twinmama Network Guru Member

    This morning when I turned my computer on, my connection to the internet finally went too.

    So I hit the reset button on the router, and lo and behold, not only do I get my connection back, but the whole network is back as well.

    The router is about five years old, and as I said this has been happening intermittently for a little while. I wonder if it's time for a new one?
  3. St_Jenkins

    St_Jenkins Guest

    Try this...

    I have a client that has the same thing happening, but it is a hotel with 25 clients per night using the system. When the front desk gets a complaint, I Disable the DHCP server on the router and then Enable the DHCP server. No power cycling necessary. All of the clients come up for air, and the network cruises for about four days before I have to do it again. No response from Linksys, yet.

    No an answer, but a checkpoint.
  4. Twinmama

    Twinmama Network Guru Member


    Thanks for posting your experience! Good to know.
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