Please tell me I'm not crazy and that things like this can happen. And then hopefully, someone can come up with an answer that will let me keep yesterday's status..
Apologies for not listing the exact model numbers. If it'll help, I can get them later tonight. Note that there's no other option for this specific router.
Connectivity: Charter cable -> new DOCSIS III cable modem with one e-net port out the back.
This morning: older DOCSIS II w/one port -> T-Mobile branded Linksys router [a], which supported 4-enet ports and 802.11 Wifi.
Now... the new cable modem lets me hook up _one_ computer directly via the e-net port. Or, make that, any one of four [b] computers directly. But... when I plug the router in they don't talk to each other and the router doesn't get an IP address So while I can hook the computers to router, both via the e-net ports and wifi, and they'll communciate with each other, they can't get out to the world.
(the IP address shows up on the Linksys screen as 0.0.0.0, with similar useless defaults everywhere else).
So for now... I've got a Mac Mini hooked up past the cable modem, taking in the e-net signal and sharing it out over WiFi. Works fine for a limited time. But I'd really like to see if there's a way of getting the Linksys to work (see [a] below).
So the first question: Am I insane or does this sort of stuff happen? Note that I've tried using one of my spare (same model) Linksys units, have done the whole DHCP release/renew, even cloned the MAC numbers from one of the working computers to the Linksys. Lots of power recycling, etc. All no good.
Suggestions? Thanks.[a] it's a five or more y/o T-Mobile branded Linksys which I'd like to stay with. Reason: It supports TM's version of a VOIP phone line. Place SIM card in the router, and it feeds an almost normal VOIP wired phone circuit out the back. TM no longer offers this service and I'm grandfathered in.
Oh, and the Mac Mini only has the one e-net port, so I can't do any hard wiring..[b] First was a Windows XP netbook for use in the initial configuration. (I've had bad experience when using non Windows machines in the past with this). Then a Mac laptop. Then a Windows XP desktop. Lots of moving enet wires around.
Finally wound up using that Mac Mini.
- Thanks again.
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