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Router not connecting to internet modem

Husband's computer connects to wireless router however the router does not connect to the internet modem Same issue with Linksys WRT160Nv2 - I purchased it a couple of weeks ago and after initial installation I could only access the internet on one PC at a time (if both were turned on, only one would work, or neither would work, and the one that did work would sporadically lose the network connection.) Contacted Linksys support through chat and they gave me a procedure to go through to reset everything, which I did - and now I can't even get an IP from my ISP (DSL modem.) Tonight I have to call my ISP to see if they can at least get me back onto the internet, and I'm really close to boxing up the new Linksys router and returning it to the store. We don't need it anyway, my husband just wanted internet access for the PS3 but didn't want to run cables between floors in our house.

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  • mnikki Jan 27, 2009

    Yes, I've tried powering everything down, waiting 10 mins or longer in between each step, and bringing each one back up (DSL modem, then router, then PC.) Checked the Linksys forums, within the last couple of days there have been several posts regarding this same issue. Seems there's a problem with the most recent firmware (which is what my router came with), I need to try to downgrade back to the previous firmware version, then deal with the DNS security issue that the most recent firmware was supposed to fix. I'm going to try it tonight after I get my internet connection through the DSL modem working again.

  • mnikki Feb 01, 2009

    Reverting back to the previous firmware fixed my problem. Both my desktop and laptop can surf simultaneously, and I haven't had any dropped connections since I loaded the old firmware a few days ago. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • dpeter123 May 11, 2010

    Have you tried ot turn off the router and the modem and the pc then start the modem and wait 5 minutes and then turn on the router wait 5 minutes and then turn on the pc ?

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This is a tuff router.  I bought it myself hoping for good things, and spent a good two days actually getting the thing to work.

I got mine to work by plugging it into the modem, the laptop I was setting it up with, etc, and then running it all. I would just suggest trying to reinstall it again with everything plugged in from the get go, and then hope for the best.... sorry I cant help more.

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