Posted 29 April 2009 - 10:47 AM
BACKGROUND: I have 6 PC's (5 WinXP Pro and 1 Windows Vista Home Premium) networked; internet access is cable. Most of the time, all connections are reliable. However, I frequently must reboot my Linksys BEFSR81 router to reconnect the network to the internet and/or to allow communication within the network; the router drops connections erratically - a week may pass with no reboots required, but I have had to reboot 8 times in one work day. (I also have a Linksys 5 port workgroup switch and Netgear switch in order to provide ample connectivity for PC's and peripherals). I just replaced the Linksys router with a D-Link DI-524 router which also adds wireless capabilities. I do not have warranty coverage on the D-link router as I purchased it about a year ago but hadn't used it until now.
PROBLEM: I used Network Magic to make the new network primary on each PC and almost everything went smoothly. However, one PC (a laptop with no wireless card) cannot see other networked computers - it did not have a problem previously and Network Magic does not show any connectivity problem now. When I use "My Network Places" to try to establish a connection, I can see the network name, but when I click on the + sign to see the PC's and shared folders on the network, the screen freezes for about 20 seconds or so and then the + sign disappears. I have tried rebooting everything; I plugged the Asus notebook and 1 other PC directly into the router to eliminate potential connectivity problems; created a new "small office network" and used it for the problem PC and one other PC; but the problem is unchanged. When I go back to using the original router, everything works (until I have to reboot) but that is certainly not the optimal solution. I'll purchase a different router if that's what it takes, but I don't understand why this problem is occurring. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance - Linda