We just got a Comcast cable modem installed, and that part works just fine.
However, when we add a wired router
between it and one of our computers, there seems to be talk between the computer and the router, and talk between the router and the cable-modem (they're blinking at each other independently). But then the computer can't get internet access at all. We also can't finish the router config -- I believe (but could be wrong) when it's trying to access 192.168.1.1 (that's where the first router failed, and I don't think the second one did much better???)
I thought maybe the firewall was blocking something, but turning it off (even completely deleting it, since I was going to install something newer anyway) did nothing. I looked to see if one of my spyware utilities was doing something, but I'm not seeing anything (doesn't mean I'm looking in the right place).
I even tried a different brand of router, to make sure it wasn't just the router. New router = same problem.
And as soon as I remove the router and connect the cable-modem directly to the computer again, we have internet access again (though only, of course, through that one computer).
As for our setup -- we have 2 computers, both Dells running XP. They sit within 12 feet of each other (hence just wanting to do a wired network). The current router is a LinkSys Etherfast Cable/DSL Router Model BEFSR41.
I am completely stumped
, mostly because I don't know what else to look for or tweak. Anyone have any ideas? They are much appreciated!