Okay, in the course of the move, we realized our two computers weren't going to be realistically networked using our router and 25 foot ethernet
Stupid me, I thought I'd just install a wireless adaptor through a usb port.
First off, somehow our Linksys router somehow DIED in the move. How it happened or what happened to it, I don't know.
Second, after spending a total of THREE HOURS over two days on the phone with India, errrrrrr, Linksys tech support, (and being HUNG UP ON TWICE) I was told the problem was with my ISP.
Nevermind that Jackie's computer could connect to the Internet while plugged directly to the cable modem!
After an hour on the phone with our cable tech support, turns out the NICE people in India (errrrrrrr, Linksys Tech Support) had me royally screw up my computer somehow.
So yesterday, one of the owners of the newspaper I work for gave me a BRAND NEW Netgear router, still in the shrinkwrap.
We got it working through Jackie's computer, which is running Win 98.
Still couldn't get my computer to connect through our 25 foot ethernet cable (after moving my machine where it would JUST reach).
I've been futzing with it for three hours and finally said *aha!*
I hopped in my Delorean and traveled back two weeks and fixed the problem with one restart.
GOT to love restore points!
Now The Enterprise is back online and I'm off to return the Linksys wireless adaptor and getting a 50-foot ethernet cable.
I will NEVER buy another piece of their gear again as long as I live!
If Karl was here he could "talk" you through, but as all you have is me, LONG LIVE BIG CABLES!!!!!!!
A friend of mine had a similar problem, the restore did not work for him, so I suggested restoring on safe mode - talked it through on the phone, worked fine. Perhaps it's something to do with the new Win XP SP3 update?
Do you use ZoneAlarm Red...?
IMHO, you can't beat Linksys, and you can't buy better. Never had a problem with them...! (Admittedly I haven't used their call centre. Only the "LiveChat".)
Seconded for Lynksys - not only that, but their help desk treats me like an intelligent person, and is actually HELPFUL!
I use Netgear - never had to phone them up
Redwolf, congratulations on getting something to work.
Anything you're satisfied with is a job well done. And, you may go wireless with some future computer, at some future date. Right now, with the stress of the move, you don't need more changes.
We're wireless with Belkin. The teen set it up with one phonecall to an Indian callcentre which was very helpful. 10 minutes in total I think.
D-Link here and never a problem.
I'm a positive vote for Linksys. I've had my router for a very long time and it still works fine.. Ok, before I knew how to do things myself I had
to call India a couple times.. If I had a nickle for every time I said "Uh, what?".... But I did manage to translate and got it all working.. So
they don't speak English, the router is a good one and it's on it's 3rd computer and 3rd modem so it's one thing I haven't had to replace and
I'm happy about that...
There is NOTHING wrong with the big cable and YEAH for fixing it yourself! Restore points, you kow I love 'em.. They've bailed me out of many of the jams I brought on myself..