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Problems connecting my desktop

I bought the wireless WRT160n and i can connect wireless but i get no internet connection hard wired using any ports to my main desktop

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  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    I have the same problem. The laptop connects to the internet fine (wireless). The desktop gets no internet (hardwired).

  • jaska9 Jan 18, 2009

    I am also using a desktop hardwired to a Linksys WRT160N V2 and get intermittent Internat access. Sometime refreshing the browser page after timing out cures the problem, but not always. When I connect to my cable modem, everything is fine, so I know its the router

  • jaska9 Jan 20, 2009

    After 7+ hours on the phone with Linksys, they tell me that trying to use this with a DMA2100 media extender has problems. Of coursae they are selling this bundled package through Dell. They finally tell me that this router is 'incompatible' with DMA 2100 and say I should have bought WRT610N. Perhaps they should have made their package with these two?

    They tell me that I must either buy this newer more expensive router or hard wire the WRT160N V2 to the DMA 2100. This morning I purchased a 50' ehternet cable cut a hole in my kitchen wall drill down to the basement snake the cable, cut hole in living room wall, drill up from basement, snake ethernet cable and make connection. Does this correct the problem? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!

    Solution: Send this junk back to Dell and go with Apple

  • mpodhola Jan 23, 2009

    Same exact problem here!

  • gtsw Feb 06, 2009

    Same problem.  Connects wirelessly fine, but wired connection often doesn't work.  I've done resets and reboots, and it usually fixes it temporarily, but then back to the same thing. (brand new router)

    I spent maybe a half hour on the phone to tech support in India, and she had me reset to defaults and then we changed some settings.  Reboot modem and router. (power unplug 20 seconds and back)

    And it worked fine for several hours.  But then, after leaving computer for a while and returning, it was back to the same ol thing.

    Perhaps I'll go sign up for linksys forums on their site.  But I'm close to taking it back and exchanging it for another brand.  Probably should have learned.  I previously had a wrt54g which was having some different but related problems, went to upgrade firmware and the upgrade failed.  Impossible to address router after that, even after hard resets.  Called tech support, but they wouldn't help me since warranty period was over --- w/o paying.

    Frustrating.  Wireless is fine, I guess, but it's slightly slower and one would expect that the wired connection should work, if anything.

    Is it possible it has something to do with ISP?  I don't know.

    TIA for anyone's help on this problem I'm apparently not the only one experiencing.

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    I hope this isn't premature, but I think I may have found an answer.  Try cloning your MAC address under:   Setup/MAC address clone/enable/clone my PC's MAC.

    I really have no idea, but perhaps this kind of focuses connections on your particular machine. (????)  Anyway, seems to have fixed my problem for going on a couple days now.

    Wireless connections seem unaffected, they work fine on both computers.

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    Never mind.  Back to the same behavior.  I've got a D-LInk coming.  

    "Guest" was me previous post


  • osmanq Feb 16, 2009

    Linksys is of no help at all. I am having the same problem. I hope there is someone out there who can help.

  • GordonVink Feb 27, 2009

    I have the same problem. Bought the WRT160Nv2 a few days ago. Wired connection is dropping after not using the connection for some time. Wireless the same but it seems to be more stable.

    Installed the latest firmware yesterday and it messed up the configuration web app in such way that I can't configure it anymore.

    Third real issue is using VPN. I've checked all the three VPN pass through settings and are able to make one VPN connection. After some hours no VPN connection can be made. Two VPN connections at the same time is impossible anyways.

    I will throw this router out of the window, it's basically **** considering all the forum posts I've read the last few days.

  • Z-Tech Feb 28, 2009

    Same problem for me. After 2 1/2 hours and 3 support analysts later, Linksys support managed to break my wireless connections in addition to my original problem with the wired connection.

    I'm returning this thing to the store tomorrow.

  • rkoj Mar 13, 2009

    I can quote Z-Tech word for word becuase I had the same problem - "Same problem for me. After 2 1/2 hours and 3 support analysts later, Linksys support managed to break my wireless connections in addition to my original problem with the wired connection." In addition to that I took the router back and got an identical replacement with the identical problems. Looks like I need a different brand. Any suggestions?

  • rkoj Mar 14, 2009

    Well I just solved the problem - I returned the Linksys router AGAIN and bought a D-Link Dual Band N model DIR-628 router. It worked perfectly right away. No more issues with the connections for the desktop or the laptop. In addition, I was having problems setting up a Linksys wireless USB network card for my daughter's computer. I could not get connected to the router. Replacing the router fixed that problem as well.

  • Not_original Mar 19, 2009

    I have a problem with the consistency of the internet and the speed of
    it. sometimes it won't even work and it will just go to a page saying
    that the address was not found and when it does work it is not fast at
    all. We used to have another router but that one broke so we bought the
    N Ultra Range Plus wireless-N Broadband Router and we're having more
    problems than we ever had with the new one. Our old one did not have
    any problems with inconsistency or slow internet and I have no idea
    whats wrong with it. Could it be because we have an 8-port Work group
    Switch in another room that connects straight to the product via
    Ethernet cable and lets us put up to 7 Ethernet cables on to that one
    work group switch. I never had trouble before and we still used the
    work group switch.

  • mplots Mar 28, 2009

    I just bought the Linksys WRT 160Nv2. I can connect wirelessly with no issues but my PC, which is wired into the router, does not connect to the internet. However, the PC is connected to the router.

  • mmills3874 Apr 02, 2009

    I too have a problem with the wired connection to the wrt160n router. My Wii connectes wirelessly to this router, no problem. Connecting the pc to the cable modem shows no problems.

    the internet connection keeps dropping out. I'll get IE can't display this web page messages, or address is not vaild.

    as per linksys tech support I"ve upgraded the firmware, and decreased the MTU size. Results were ok at first, but then the problem come back.



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Press and hold the reset button on the router for 30 seconds. than turn the router OFF and turn it back On after 5seconds.

Than Restart the computer.

Please keep the post updated.

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