I have a real poser here and will double this questions points if anyone can solve it (that is 1000 points). This means give me the reason and a reasonable fix that does not cost me more than say $25. If after you read this you need more info or more product model numbers let me know.
Some background … I have a very odd setup for internet access. I live in Montana where I have no real broadband service available here as we are well over 15 miles from the CO for DSL, too far for ISDN and cable service comes nowhere near the house. I did not want the expense of Satellite either. They have wireless broadband service available in Helena (the closest city) and I found that the top of out property has line of sight to 2 of their transmitting towers.
So I had a tube placed 3 feet underground from the house to the top of our property (2200 feet back and about 500 feet up) and ran power from the house up the tube and a fiber optic line as well. On the hill top we have the antenna that receives the signal, where it is converted to Ethernet. The Ethernet runs into a Linksys 5 port workgroup switch (model EZXS55W) and 2 lines come off the switch. One of those goes to an Axis 2120 camera I have up top (http://mtncam.coolcybercats.com/local/index.html
- this is the camera, live). My ISP has given me 2 IP addresses, and the camera takes one. The other network cable goes into a converter where it is converted into a fiber optic signal and shot to the house. At the house the fiber line gets converted back to Ethernet and runs up to the next floor and into an older (4 year old BEFSR41) Linksys 4 port router that has a Netgear access point on it.
This setup works perfect. However I want to consolidate the router and access point. SO I bought a new Linksys 4 poirt wireless router and it did not work. I exchanged it and went through 4 of these models and spend at least 10 hours with there bad foreign support. I then went to a D-Link 802.11b/g router and it also did not work. I have tried a NetGear as well. It seems the older equipment works (I tried an old DLink router) though. When the network cable is plugged into the new ones it does not see any signal. 3 separate notebooks also work when plugged directly into the Ethernet cable that goes into the router. I also took the routers to where the fiber gets converted to Ethernet and plugged a new 15 inch cable into the fiber converter and the new wireless routers still do not work or see a network, but notebooks do. I tried a cross over cable as well, nope.
Then I took a second LinkSys 5-port workgroup switch (like the one on the mountain) and plugged that into the Ethernet off the converter and put my old router off the switch. Works. Put the new ones on, nope. What the hell!?!?!?
I am at a loss on this one! I want to consolidate the equipment. Any one have any clues?