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So I finally got my internet "working" a little while back and now my router is being a PITA. When I connect from the cable modem to the router, and either connect wirelessly or wired to the router there is no internet, but I can still access the router page (192.168.1.1) and if I connect the cable modem straight to the computer using ethernet, the internet works fine. I tried resetting the router and doing everything I found online (that doesnt void the warranty) such as changing the router ip address, changing the router to static ip address, trying different security options, beating it up etc etc

So does anyone have any suggestions?

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Before, the router wasnt getting an IP address from the cable modem, which is probably the problem and I have no idea how to fix that :(

Restarting the cable modem will usually fix that. When you change what device is hooked up to the modem is always a good idea to restart the modem.

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ahh, so I realized the problem is 30% router and 70% modem

a cable guy is coming on friday so I'll see what happens

and do people recommend the 3rd party firmwares for the linksys routers?

yes but check very carefully which version of the wrt54g you have. linksys has really neutered the hardware on the more recent versions, so much so that most of the 3rd party firmware can't run on them.

it'll show the version # on the bottom of the router right by the serial #.

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Forget Linksys. Grab an Airport Extreme or Express. Much better to work with. Had both and there's no comparison. Btw, tkam is correct. When you restart/reset your network, you need to power the modem up before the router. Also, be aware of your configuration as to which of the units is assigning the IP. Is your router going to fill that role or are you going to let it act as a bridge? Just something to think about.

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ive tried tomato and dd-wrt and I like dd-wrt infinitely more. It has an infinitely richer feature set than either tomato or stock firmware.

I'm sticking with dd-wrt for now. I had an issue where it ate hard shit but after a day it started working again. I talked to my network engineer buddy and he says at the consumer level no matter the brand routers are pretty much shit and not made to last.

He advocates setting up a box for routing duties, but eh...

I think the two big features I use with dd-wrt is allowing computers to connect wirelessly by adding their mac address to a list and boosting the wireless signal. The latter is especially badass.

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I remember reading the 3rd party firmwares were also more stable/reliable. Less cut outs. And they also fixed an issue with certain linksys routers not timing out correctly to some connections. (more a big problem when one uses P2P apps, cause the # of connections do build up considerably over time)

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make sure your cable modem isn't also doing nat in the same ip range... my modem does nat out to my router (instead of just handing out the isp assigned ip directly), and it uses 192.168.1.1-254/255.255.255.0... i just make my wifi router use 10.0.0.1-254/255.0.0.0, works great...

mjb

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