Lightening has messed up my wireless router, need help!

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Ragtimeplayer, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. Sorry in advance for the long post.

    I have a Linksys wireless g adsl gateway router connected to my computer and two other computers with wireless cards that link to it.

    I don't have a surge protector and a few nights back, we had a lightening storm and the electricity went off while the computer and router were connected.

    Everything seemed to be working fine when I turned it back on but I couldn't access the internet from my router as it kept saying a cable was unplugged. I later found out my onboard lan was dead so fitted another lan card in a pci slot

    I also thought the ethernet cable might have been zapped but I have replaced it and still nada.

    My sons computer connected to the router with excellent signal strength but still no internet access.

    I had to resort back to my usb modem to get on the internet but the strange thing was that my daughter has internet access via her wireless connection even though the phone line is plugged into the usb modem and not the router although my son has no internet on his computer.

    When I try to go to the 192.168 page to set it up again ( although I don't know if it needs it, or even what to look for), it won't display at all. never dial a connection is ticked in internet options.

    Can anyone give me any ideas what might have gone wrong with it? and how to get back onto the internet wirelessly?

    Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to give me.
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Sounds like you have answered your own question. Power surges destroy electrical components. They overload anything electrical. Computer components are VERY delicate to power surges.

    You could try to get a new power supply, but my guess the lightening fried the main circuits in the router.

    Anyone reading this who has not got a power surge protector, should get one now. especially in areas that are affected by power cuts, surges, and lightening strikes.
  3. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    try resetting the router or turn both the modem and router off for few minutes and turn them back on. If your daughter can access the Internet, then I doubt if any of your equipment is damaged....if your lucky
  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    Maybe the daughter is getting connected to a neighbors wireless network.

    As for the surge protector, you get what you pay for, i was at a clients house yesterday and they turned the PC off while they went outta town. They got a surge which was too much for the strip to handle which took out the printer, PC and DSL modem. There was actually a dsl filter plugged in on the ground (carpet) without the plastic case that started on fire and he's lucky the house didnt go up.
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