Wireless Bridge and Router no longer speaking

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  1. Paul McElligott

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    I have a Linksys wireless router (BEFW11S4) and wireless bridge (WET11). Suddenly, last tuesday, the device connected to the bridge (Tivo) can't find a DHCP server. Also, I can't ping the bridge.

    I've tried resetting the router and changing channels. My attempts to contact Linksys tech support have been frustrating at best.

    Any suggestions?

    Also, I've been planning on eventually upgrading the whole shebang to 802.11g, so if I can't fix this, I may just bite the bullet and do that. Is someone like Netgear or SMC better than Linksys?
     
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    Never mind. Turned out to be a bad switch.

    I'd still be interested in talking about the upgrade, though.
     
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    Upgrade. Recently did this with my son's old Dell 8600 laptop and a belkin wireless "g" router. Setting up a secure network was a snap, and now we're putting wireless cards in our two desktops.
     
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    The new 802.11n standard is beginning to raise its head all over the place. May make sense to keep your old b gear for now and skip g entirely and go directly to n.

    The upcoming generation should be 100mbps minimum and up to 600mbps with a full implementation.
     
  5. Paul McElligott

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    The two questions would be "How soon?" and "How much?" (as in $$$)
     
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    Depending on what you use your local wireless network for, waiting for 802.11n may not be worth it. If you use the network for general stuff like sharing your broadband Internet connection, share printers and files, then the extra bandwidth will go mainly unused, and 802.11g should be more than enough. If, however, you plan to do something bandwidth-intensive, such as stream video between devices, then the additional bandwidth could be handy.

    At the current cheap prices for "g" routers and adapters, if you end up throwing the equipment out in two years you will not being out much money. I see ads for $40 802.11g routers/hubs every week in the local flyers and online.
     
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    I jumped on the $20 Zyxel P-330 router/bridge (802.11g) deal that CompUSA had a few months ago. Bought 3 of them, used one as a router, and used the other 2 as bridges. Normally they run about $40 each.
     
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    That's what I gathered from my further reading today.
     

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