Networking & Wireless forum

General discussion

Any tips when replacing a router?

by BobMac51 / September 15, 2007 12:19 PM PDT

I'm getting ready to replace a Linksys BEFSR41 router & WAP54G access point with a Linksys WRT350N wireless router. Broadband connection is a Linksys BEFCMU10 Etherfast Cable Modem.

Machines networked are 3 desktops (1 XP Home, 2 Win2k), all wired, and 3 laptops (2 Vista Home Premium, 1 XP Home), all wireless.

Would appreciate hearing any & all tips/tricks, especially regarding sequence of events, to make this a quick, succesful transition.

Thanks in advance.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Any tips when replacing a router?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Any tips when replacing a router?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
I just did the same thing. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 15, 2007 9:09 PM PDT
Collapse -
Did you...
by BobMac51 / September 16, 2007 11:38 AM PDT

...update the WRT350N's firmware? If so, to what version?

I read a lot of user reviews of this particular router, and it seemed like about half the reviewers had real problems getting it setup right. Several of them suggested skipping Linksys' setup software altogether.

Have you had any post-install problems?


Collapse -
Original firmware.
by Coryphaeus / September 16, 2007 1:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Did you...

I'm not big on updating firmware unless there's a specific reason. If it ain't broke. . . I've lost audio, video, NIC, etc. in the past because I updated. No more. Later on, if I see a major improvement that will start my coffee in the morning I may update.

I've had zero problems. I run three desktops, one of which is my web server (DMZ enabled), and two wireless laptops. Flawless.

The CD is there just in case. Since this was my first Gigabit/wireless N router I wanted to see what the setup was all about. After going through it it was clear that I could have done it manually. The router has a few more bells and whistles. Your choice.

Collapse -
by kniggs / October 27, 2007 6:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Original firmware.

I went through 2 Linksys WRT350N wireless routers before I gave up. They worked fine for 3 to 4 days and would stop communicating with my Linksys Cable Modem. I see in the last month that Lynksys has updated the firmware to correct the problem. You would have thought they would have tested it with their own modems before releasing it for production.

Firmware Release 1.03.7 Sep 14, 2007
1. Disabled SIP/ALG internally
2. Fixed inability to add or delete DHCP reservation with apostrophy "'"
3. Removed QoS Ethernet in the help file
4. Fixed Internet access to FTP server by default is disabled.
5. Fixed typo in some error messages.
6. Fixed instability with some cable modem connections.

Post 11 of 11 | Back to top

Collapse -
Any P2P use?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 27, 2007 6:58 AM PDT
In reply to: WRT350N

"not only turn your Linksys WRT150N / WRT350N Wireless-N Gigabit Router /WRT300N Wireless-N /WRT54G(v1 to v6/v8)/WRT54GS/WRT54GL into a super router and do BTing without hanging"

I usually see such posts by downloaders.


Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?