WRT54GL weirdness! Please help!

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by foxbox, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. foxbox

    foxbox LI Guru Member

    Hi All.

    I recently ran into a very strange and frustrating problem. I upgraded my network and donated my still new WRT54GL to a new home. My friend whom I gave it to has a very simple network: A desktop, laptop, and a cable connection.

    We installed the WRT54GL in the same fashion as her older router (a very old netgear wired router) and turned everything on. The laptop works wonderfully on it, both through ethernet and wireless.

    The desktop, however, will not connect to the internet. Let me explain. It gets an IP from the router and can log into the router. It can also ping anything on the intranet (router and laptop). It cannot connect to any web pages, ping them, or ping outside IP addresses, so I'm pretty sure it's not a DNS issue.

    Both the desktop and the laptop are configured exactly the same, DHCP. I have even tried doing it statically but still the same problem. The network settings the desktop gets from the router are:

    The laptop gets the same except for a different IP address, obviously. Does anyone have a clue as to what may be the problem? All the desktop's firewalls are turned off atm and I'm pretty much at a loss as to what it could be.
  2. cartvader1

    cartvader1 Network Guru Member

    I would try setting the DNS servers on the router. That will sometimes clear up that kind of issue.

    Good Luck
  3. foxbox

    foxbox LI Guru Member

    Thanks! Out of curiosity, do you mean set the DNS on the computer to be the one provided by the ISP (the one that the router is using) or something else?
  4. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    If you pinged a known good IP address (one you know is up and responding to pings) and it didn't respond (and not a hostname an ip address), then it's not a DNS issue... it sounds like a firewall issue to me. I know you said you turned it off but if it's norton, mcafee or zonealarm, their notorious for not turning off when you turn them off and sometimes leaving your internet broken after removing them..
    I'd start by removing the firewall software from the computer completely and sseeing what happens from there.
  5. cartvader1

    cartvader1 Network Guru Member

    Use the ISPs DNS servers which should be in the router status page and set them in the router configuration page under static DNS 1 and static DNS 2.

    Good luck.
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