Hi, I have a kind of middle ground knowledge of networks and have read alot of the past two days but still have a few questions and thought id ask the wizards. If im in the wrong group any help or advice where to go would be greatly appreciated. Ok, my school has a somewhat normal (i assume) network, which always works straight from the jack to a NIC, and until 2 days ago, through my netgear wireless router. All of a sudden our internet went down and after checking my routers settings it couldnt get an IP from the network. There are signs all over saying NO ROUTERS, which i dismissed because i didnt think it would matter or a modern network. But anyways, so i pulled in a buddies 4-port switch, plugged it in and viola, internet was back. Had to return it as i was just doing troubleshooting. After being pissed my router no longer worked i turned off its DHCP server to, i thought, make it act as a switch. Well that didnt work either. Then, today a friend gave me a linksys 16 port workgroup switch, model:EZXS16W, hoping it would work, but after trying all kinds of combos of plugging, if i ran it from the wall into port 16/uplink, id get the top light, the link/act light to light and blink, but not the 100 light or Full Duplex/Collision light. Then when i plug a computer in all three lights turn on for it, but it sits at aquiring IP and then goes to limited or no activity. Is there a way to fix it without buying anything new? (did i mention im a college student? :) or am i screwed? Thanks for your help!
18 years ago