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Router failure I had a power surge today and now my router does not work.  The only way I can connect to the internet is if I connect the modem directly to the computer.  Does this mean I need a new router or can it be fixed?

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  • tolokata Nov 18, 2007

    I tried the hard reset and it did not work. I purchased a new router and the computer cannot detect it. Could it be a problem with the modem instead of the router after all?

  • tolokata Nov 19, 2007

    I installed the software before plugging in the router, per instructions. It is a Lynksys WRT5GS-BP. My modem is the one that my broadband provider gave me--Motorola SB5120. I received the "cannot detect modem" in the final step of the installation process on my main computer. My computer "geek" is coming later this week to help diagnose the problem but I was hoping to save some money by going through the blog process first.



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Just try to reset your router and enter again the router configuration..

Posted on Nov 16, 2007

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As monterez has posted, pls try to do a full hard reset of the LinkSys WRT54G by pressing on the reset button at the back for a couple of seconds or till the led blinks. Pls remember the a hard reset will revert the LinkSys to factory defaults and you will loose all personal configurations. Thereafter, try the router again and see if you can log on to, if yes, then your set to go to reconfigure. If not, chances are the your unit would require replacement. Most of the time, the cost/time of repair would make the purchase of a new one more reasonable.

Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned out or should you need additional; information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Nov 16, 2007

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    Louie Role Nov 19, 2007

    Hi again,

    I doubt if it is a problem with your modem since as you posted initially, "...can connect to the internet..connect the modem directly to the computer..."

    Setting up your new router would best be done with a LAN cable. If it is another LiknSys, I believe that you have to install the software first before plugging in the router (or as per on screen instructions). If the installation instructions are followed closely and presuming no other problem with your system, then it should be a breeze. Otherwise, pls post back with your modem brand/model, your new router brand/model and your laptop or WiFi card brand/model.


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    Louie Role Nov 19, 2007

    Assuming everything is wired accordingly (modem to router to PC using LAN cables), pls try opening your browser and log to your router ( At the web configuration page for your router:
    Internet Setup -
    Internet Connection Type - Static IP
    Internet IP Address - 192.168.100. 2
    Subnet Mask -
    Default Gateway -
    DNS #s - what your broadband provider is using
    Save and reboot the router.

    This is again assuming that your cable modem can connect to the Internet.

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    Louie Role Nov 19, 2007

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