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DSL/Router: Certain websites ping okay, but timeout on loading

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I've just purchased a Linksys WRT54G to allow my PC (XP) and my Mac laptop (OSX) to allow access to my Earthlink DSL (via a SpeedStream modem).

The router's firmware update was immediately loaded as a precaution and my connection between my router, PC (main computer via ethernet) and Mac (remote via wireless) is working fine.

The problem is this: When the router is in the network loop and I am web browsing (on either computer) certain (most, but not all) websites will hang and timeout. (These sites ping okay, but a tracert reveals timeouts. The same sites hang on both platforms.)

The PC, modem and DSL by themselves allow for fine web browsing, if I remove the router from the loop. (It hasn't occurred to me until now to test the Mac's direct connection. However, I have removed the Mac from the router/modem/DSL/PC loop and still had browsing issues on the PC.) I have also tested things by disabling the WEP, but no dice.

I'm hoping that a little massage of my connectivity settings will fix this. I've researched similar troubleshooting issues and saw that some folks have recommended tinkering with MTU and DNS settings... but no one has really spelled-out *specifically* what to do and I'll admit that I got a bit lost.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Here you go.  I have written a paper on this and published it on my website:

www.doverproduction.com

ck out the section on Broadband Cable and DSL..

FE
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Ooopss..  that won't work if I mispell it eh?

Try this instead:

www.doverproductions.com

:)
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And, since you are using a MAC, ck out the MAC attack link in Misc..  If you can get it to open, you should enjoy the presentation...  :)

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Fatal Exception-

Your solution worked brilliantly, thank you! After I changed the MTU setting on my PC, I went on to change the MTU settings in my router and Mac... my web browsing is now a thing of beauty on both.

And thanks very much for the spot-on humor with MAC ATTACK.

Kudos to you,
-SM
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*grin*  My pleasure, and thank you..

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