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Odd networking situation

Discussion in 'Networking' started by GearType2, Jan 23, 2003.

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  1. GearType2

    GearType2 Thread Starter

    May 20, 2002
    3 computers
    1 switch(linksys 5 port, port 5 linked to upload)
    1 router(linksys BEFSR11 1 port)

    Here is how it is setup. All 3 computers are connected to ports 1-3 on the switch. Switch's upload port is linked to routers "LAN" port(port 1). Cable modem is connected to the "WAN" port(upload).

    Since I have had this router, I have had no problems setting up small networks for LANs or our home network. But two days ago this changed.

    Here are the symptoms

    Using current setup(explained at top) the computers cannot access the router, to config setting, or recieve IPs through DHCP.

    If a computer is plugged directly into the router, they can get online perfectly through the router without problems, and also allow them to change settings for the router.

    Now I'm not a networking ditz :), and have tried many things. I e-mailed Linksys(makers of my router and switch) and gave them a detailed explaination of what I did, including power cycling. they responded by telling me to powercycle the router. So they cannot help me out.

    Personally I think our switch has died. It has been acting up recently(not allowing us to access router till power is cycled) and has been doing these things more and more. I will probably test this later, by borrowing a friends 24-port and trying that out.

    P.S. all physical lines(Cat-5) are known to work, and have not caused previous problems.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I think you have already isolated the problem, my read is the router is dying or dead. You've eliminated everything else. :)
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