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My LED on the BEFSR41 is blinking, and I can't get past pinging

Once I got the firmare file and the tftp file and unzipped everything needed to be unzipped, i changed the connection to 10MB duplex. Then I tried doing the run>command [enter]>ping 192.168.1.1 and it just says destination host unreachable. I hope you can help. I'm on the last step, I also didn't understand the setting up the Static I.p., what is the referance to answer ID, 534. please help :)

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  • jvary Jan 20, 2009

    Great reply, and much more useful than that on the linksys page. I tried the above, but afterward when I ping to 192.168.1.1, it just times out. I can ping 192.168.1.2, but that's not as helpful.
    Maybe it's not the firmware, but my router is toast?

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  1. First you need to do a hard reset on your router. While the router is on, press and hold the reset on the router for about 20 seconds. Then, disconnect power from the router but keep holding the reset. Wait for about 15 seconds and then power on the router. Wait for another 15 seconds and then release the reset. You may need to stick a pen or a paper clip to push the reset button.
  2. Turn off the router for about 30 seconds and then turn it on agan. Check if your power light is still blinking.
  3. To assign a static IP address to your computer(in winXP); open Control Panel and click Network Connections then look for Local Area Connection.
  4. Right click on Local Area connection and then click properties. Then you will find a list of items used by that connection. Select Internet Protocol/TCP/IP then click Properties.
  5. Set IP address to Use the Following IP Address.
  6. The IP address you will configure to it is 192.168.1.2. The Subnet mask is 255.255.255.0. The Default Gateway is 192.168.1.1. Just leave the DNS server addresses blank.
  7. Click okay all the way out. Then try to ping 192.168.1.1.
  8. If you're able to get reply, then you may proceed in upgrading the router's firmware.
  9. Make sure also that firewall is off in your computer.
Hope this helps!

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