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Connection Issues

My connection to the Internet had been dropping out sporadically over the last few weeks. Usually, unplugging the power and plugging it in again usually restored it. However, this morning it kept reinitializing.  It was obviously on its last legs so I headed out to the nearest electronics superstore to obtain a replacement. They didn’t have a DSL modem per say but they did have a LinkSys X2000 DSL modem/router combination so I bought it, figuring that I could use my older router as a switch and Wireless Access Point at the other end of the house where the signal strength had been lacking.

I guess I should have run the software on the CD first as it probably would have saved me some time. I set it up manually and had everything inside my LAN working fine but I couldn’t connect to the Internet. After reconnecting all my Ethernet cables, I fired up a PC and ran the software. It finally “fixed” the problem and had me connected to the outside world.

Then I took the LinkSys WRT54G back to my room at the other end of the house and set it up to be a switch and Wireless Access Point. Now I have excellent signal strength on my laptop and my Roku box. Life is good.

Related: How to Convert Linksys WRT54G to Be an Access Point


2 Responses

  1. I noticed that my Roku found 2 instances of my SSID (the new device and my old device). I’m wondering if I should have used different SSIDs or perhaps turned off broadcasting of the SSID from the access point.

  2. Using the same SSID seems to be correct. As for having the AP broadcast the SSID I haven’t found a definitive answer. Most of the information I found revolved around the security whereas I’m unsure whether or not there would be conflicts between the AP and the router. The illustration in the instructions I used had the broadcast enabled. It seems to be working fine so I’ll leave it as it is (for now).

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