I have a small home network, and I will give you as many details as I can. I have a Linksys BEFW11S4 rev. 4 router with the latest firmware and a Netopia DSL modem. My ISP is EarthLink. I have two desktops (WinXP Pro) connected via Ethernet. I have a laptop (Win2k Pro) that connects on Wireless-B. The laptop is my dad's work machine and uses VPN. One desktop is sometimes taken out of the house for LAN parties etc, the other is never disconnected. I have updated drivers for everything.
Problems (there are many)
- Ideal situation: Start up PC, go online
- Most common: I start up one PC, then another. The second one can access the 'Net, but seems to have kicked the first one off. They both show up in the DHCP Client table, but the PC that was first booted cannot access the internet. I get the "Limited or No Connectivity" message.
- Another common one: One PC is running, then my dad logs in (WEP 128) with his laptop. He works for several hours. I return, and my connection is gone! I unplug the power cable from the router (this seems to fix all problems, temporarily at least) and get my connection. Of course, I just killed my dad's, so he has to reconnect. Repeat unplugging of router. I've tried ipconfig, but I always get "Contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out." message. It seems I cannot have more than one computer on the network at a time. This didn't used to be an issue, but after the laptop got reformatted twice, the problems began. Keep in mind that these don't always happen, but keep coming back and won't go away! I will provide additional details as I work through this issue.