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SSID disappeared on Linksys router

I've run a linksys 802.11g wireless router trouble-free for many years.  Over the weekend it seems to have stopped broadcasting the SSID, with its associated WAP security key.  On my 3 wireless PC's, when I search for wireless networks, it is only coming up as "Linksys" as an unsecured network, and is not asking for the secure ID.

Answering "why" this happened may be educational so if you can share, please do.

more importantly, I can't find the set up disk that came with it to wire into it to do any reconfiguration.  If I truly can't find it, how do I reconfig it make it a secure network?

With the omni-present security risks today, what all should I look out for?
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Mez4343Commented:
That happens sometimes and there is no 1 reason for it. I would just reset you configurations again. but I would hard reset everything.

To reset to factor settings ->
http://www.ehow.com/how_4714836_linksys-router-youve-lost-password.html

The default Id/password depends on which linksys you have
http://compnetworking.about.com/od/routers/qt/linksys_passwds.htm

Run Malwarebytes and your latest anit-virus just to be safe also.
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M3MetalAuthor Commented:
More input here:

Before seeing Mez4343's comments, I found the setup disk and just set it up again, as if new;  new SSID, device name, security, encryption and pass phrase.  I set it for WPA-PSK security and TKIP encryption.

But, it is coming up as an unsecured network and not reqesting a pass phrase.

????????????????

Also, I configured it for mixed mode but the confirm message said it was B-only.  I checked, it was still set for mixed, I re-selected mixed, went to save/confirm it and it still said B-only.

I certain want and need security and encryption but it did't take my settings.
What do I do?
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TNP_DougCommented:
There may be a problem with the router's firmware or with the router itself.

Check to see if there are any updates you can download from Linksys here:

Linksys Support
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Mez4343Commented:
yes see if you can reload the router firmware. Whatever happended with router could have messed up the flash firmware.
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M3MetalAuthor Commented:
did a firmware upgrade and got it back up and all pc's are connected with new SSID and Key.  Thanks.  I went 50/50 on the points to be most fair.
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