13 years ago
A few weeks ago I got a Belkin F5D7234-4 Wireless-G router
(firmware version 4.00.05, boot version 0.03), for an Eee PC
netbook that is mainly used for traveling.
I first set up the wired host computer (Win XP, 5.1.2600, SP3),
using Belkin's CD set-up program, then verified settings via the
"on-line" router IP set-up page ( http://192.168.2.1 ).
I then tried logging the netbook on to the router (yes, fully
secured with password P=3D).
Connection was reported as successful, at which time I shut off
the SSID broadcast: The WiFi icon flashed "connection successful,
So I tried for a couple of sites (such as but
nothing happened (they timed out). After taking the manual's
suggestion of pulling the power plug out of the router's back,
waiting a few seconds, plugging it back in and waiting 20-30
seconds, until all of the lights come back on (i.e., "recycle" the
router). That seemed to do the trick...the first few site attempts.
But, then, attempts again timed out. So, IIRC, I again recycled the
router, with similar results.
Up at the campground and here, in town at a local cafe, the
netbook's WiFi works fine, so the problem appears to be host
computer's end, with the router.
The host computer uses Kaspersky for anti-virus and Zone Alarm
for firewall=97=97yes, I did try turning them both off, with no
difference: In fact, I tried logging on with the host computer
off (but, of course, keeping the ComCast broadband modem and router
on), again with no difference.
This happens with both FireFox (portable) and Explorer browsers.
I've run Explorer's "Diagnose connection Problems...", again
with mixed results (sometimes "fixing" the problem, sometimes not,
giving errors such as ""HTTP: Error 12007 connecting to
The server name or address could not be
resolved", "TCP port (several: 23, 80,161,8000,8080, etc.) on host
192.168.2.1 could not be reached (Error code 0x274c)" and "Hostname
could not be resolved (Error code 0x2afc). Could
be either gateway or DNS issue").
Further confusing, is that an audio stream *may* continue running
with a player, even after the browsers don't! Also, this morning
I tried loading Belkin's http://192.168.2.1 router set-up page and
it loads fine, saying "Internet Status: Connected"! So the router
does seem to be working fine with the netbook's WiFi connection!!!
So what could be going on?
Could it be the router, itself, a connection, or could it be ISP
(ComCast) induced=97=97though, if the latter, why would it occasionally
work and why would a stream work okay?
Again, the wireless network connection icon consistently shows,
Speed: 54.0 Mbps
Signal strength: Excellent
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