Have a two computer LAN using a 3 year old Linksys Wireless Access Point & Router Model BEFW 11S4 V.2 (WEP KEY is mandatory on the wireless network). Have turned FIREWALLS off (Windows XP and Norton Security) on both PCs.
Both PC are fairly new Dells and both run XP Home Edition. The network has been operating for 3 years without major problems. Have DSL through Qwest (phone company) and the modem is an Arescom.
Problems with DESKTOP. Mostly Using Firefox 1.0.4. Ethernet to router. When browsing to new location, I sometime get the message “unable to find _______.com”. I listen to Sirius Satellite Web Radio while browsing and it stays constant on, so it seems like the DSL is active. My usual solution is to wait ( a couple of minutes) and try again with another web address. Or I have had success by logging on the router (doing a DGCP renew and SETUP seems to get all well again).
Problems with LAPTOP. Mostly Using IE 6.0. Wireless to router. Several times a day, get a dropped connection from the network. Remedy seems to go into My Network Connections and do a REPAIR which solves the problem.
These two problems are becoming high maintenance with frequent FIXES during the day. With the costs of routers down, maybe it is time for a new router. Comments and suggestions most appreciated. Thank you.
Nick in Denver