I have a Linksys BEFSR41 router that connects a Comcast cable modem to two workstations. When I initially powered up the modem / router / workstations, I was unable to get the router to function until I ran the router setup software provided by Linksys. I've had three power outages since the initial setup, and two of those outages lasted over 1 hour. With the two extended outages, I had to run the Linksys setup software again to return to functionality. I have no idea what setup software is doing. And I'm not sure why I lose the setting with an extended power outage. Some relevant details:
- Either workstation can see the internet when the Linksys router is excluded from the configuration.
- It appears that both the Linksys router and Comcast modem are running DHCP. (Running IPCONFIG /all on one of the workstations when the Linksys is included and excluded from the connection shows this.)
- It is only necessary to run the Linksys setup software on one of the workstations. Once I run it on one, both workstations have connectivity.