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Ethernet not finding Linksys Router

By jdavey ·
I just purchased a Linksys 4-port router w/ switch and can't get the configuration utility to come up. This is the third one I've purchased (for different clients) and I know the problem is not with the router because it worked on another computer. However, what's strange is that lights are on on both the router and the NIC, indicating a good connection. However, when I bring up the browser and attempt to access the web based configuation utility, it can't find the router and I get a DNS error page. Opening a DOS window and typing "winipcfg" (since the OS is Win98SE), I see that the IP assigned to the machine is not one for an "internal LAN". Furthermore, the subnet assigned is 255.255.0.0 instead of 255.255.255.0. Even if I change the tcp/ip settings from "obtain an ip" to "specify an ip" and input the correct subnet and an IP address of 192.168.1.2, the router cannot be found and the utility will not come up. Any thoughts?

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by Ann777 In reply to Ethernet not finding Link ...

Sounds as if some of the routers that you've gotten recently, may have been opened and configured with another default ip address... and maybe returned and repackaged.

You might try the reset button that exists on the front of the router; the manual should have instruction on how to use it. Else call Linksys for support.

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by Ann777 In reply to Ethernet not finding Link ...

If you've purchased these before, you should already know that the win98se computer should first be set to a static tcp/ip address of 192.168.1.2 and subnet of 255.255.255.0 ; the router should default to 192.168.1.1 with a subnet 255.255.255.0 . If anything else is happening, then check for conflicts at the nic level.

What IRQ is the nic using? Are there other resource intensive devices on the nic taking up resources? It sounds as if windows is assigning it's own ip address 169.254.x.x with a subnet of 255.255.0.0 ... which indicates a network card problem or cabling.

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by jdavey In reply to Ethernet not finding Link ...

I switched out the NIC with a new one and had no problems...

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