got a 871w on my desk. purchased with an isp i no longer use who did the managment/config on the device. now i want to learn it. I reset the machine (i think) using the reset button within 5 sec. of boot. I found the sdm disk and ran it tried the first time install option, plugged my laptop into fe0 and get no link light, if i reboot i get link light for a minute while my laptop (tried both 7 and xp) attampts to get a ip address then after about a minute both the link light on the router turn off and the laptops network connection say cable unplugged.
any advise on how to get past this first hurdle?