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Can only connect through interwebs via old router(?)


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MaxMurder

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Hi Geeks,

This is an odd problem...I reckon. My Belkin router of about 8 or so years started cutting out. I bought a Linksys WRT54GL based on good reviews and reasonable price. I ran the setup.exe and could not complete it cause I couldn't get an internet connection. I unplugged everything and ran my ethernet from the computer right into the cable modem and same thing, no connection. I plugged back into the old Belkin router and got a connection. Almost as if my IP and all related information is only working via the Belkin router if that is possible.

Every time I unplug the connection from either router and plug it back into another, or the modem itself, the computer network icon in the sys tray has the yellow bouncy ball thingy and says it is 'acquiring network address'. As soon as I go into it's properties and check the IP and Gateway etc numbers and hit 'ok', it goes back to the regular network icon, but again, is only connected to the net if plugged into the old Belkin router.

I hope I explained this ok...I'm baffled

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Hello MaxMurder,

1. Are you "obtaining IP address automatically" or are you using "static IP address"?

You can check by going to your network adapter's properties.

When connecting directly to your modem, set IP address and DNS server to "obtain automatically".
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Hi Sera,

I was using a static IP address. I contacted my ISP thinking it might have something to do with the cable modem that they provided me. He told me to set it to 'obtain automatically' as I should be able to pull an IP though them. This did not work so he gave me a new static IP and gateway etc...and it has been working so far.

He said that it is probably a computer issue that won't let me be able to connect when my computer is set to 'Obtain automatically'. Since it is working, I haven't messed with it.

Edited by MaxMurder, 28 September 2012 - 02:08 PM.

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