I have a Linksys BEFW11S4 version 2 wireless router, connecting several home machines to the cable modem.
Unfortunately, for the last day, Internet connection has been down. One wireless-connected machine reached the net, the others including the machine wired directly into the router, did not.
I called the cable company for their report on outtages.They have no problem; we do. They suggested I unplug the router, wait and plug it back in. This worked right away.
(I was ready to reinstall network connection drivers and Winxp and everytrhing else on one system.)
Is this a Linksys quality problem or a security problem? We have run no firewall on the router and the password has been the default one, untill now.
Should I switch to another brand of router? Or tighten up on security?
The keeper of the router and the cable modem, a non-tech user, assures me this happens every so often and is no big deal.
I had originally thought this was an ISP problem, but now the Linksys router looks suspect.
Thanks for your help.