I have two PCs (XP Pro) connected to a Linksys BEFSR41 router, which is then connected to a DSL modem (AT&T). I've loaded all the firmware and have the default setup for the router. I will get it to work and it continues to work throughout a session. However, I'll shut the computer off and the next time it won't work.
I've updated the network card driver and the Linksys firmware. I'm starting to think it's an issue with the Windows Firewall, but don't really know. There have been some recommendations to turn off the Windows firewall - is this a good idea?
I've been able to get it to work by removing the Ethernet cable from the router and connecting directly to the modem. After loading a webpage, I'll swap the Ethernet cable back to the router and it works just fine. Go figure??
Does this make any sense? Also, how should I set up the Linksys for best protection?
Any help is appreciated. I'm a newbie with networks and a little over my head here.