1. The router firmware could be out of date.
2. As to the viewing of the network it's often a firewall issue or other like I discussed at http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6122-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=198031&messageID=2129068
I have a Netgear WGT624 router where I can hardwire my computers or use its wireless access point. For the sake of this post, I'll limit my computers to 2.
1. my home-built desktop
Asus PVPXXX motherboard
1 gig ram in dual channel
XP Pro OS
Hardwired to router
2. Compaq notebook model V231OUS
1 gig ram
WLAN @ 54 Mbps
I just changed isps. My new isp issues dynamic ip addresses (which I suspect has something to do with my problem). My old isp had a static ip address.
Calling tech support to Time Warner my new isp is no help, as they don't support home lans, but they did offer to lease me a secondary ip address (NOT!).
A direct connection to either computer gives me no problem. BAM! Connections are nearly instantaneous. I get about 5 Megs downstream. However, when connecting via the router, I often have to power-cycle the router to connect to the internet. When both computers are on, sometimes 1 computer stays connected while the other loses it's connection. The problem is equal 'tween the desktop and notebook. The loss of connection is random.
The drivers for both computers are up to date, as are the bioses.
I spoke to the IT gurus at work. 1 suggestion was to prolong the lease on the setup page. I noticed the lease on my setup page is never more than 9 hrs. There's no area in my setup page to prolong the lease. There were many other suggestions made, but quite frankly, I'm lost. I'm pretty good with pc hardware and the XP OS, but I only learned enough about networking to create a network.
A secondary problem is my desktop can browse my notebook, but my notebook can't browse the desktop. I checked the workgroup name is the same, and entered a range of ip addresses in ZoneAlarm Pro which is loaded on both computers. I'm just tossing this in for informational purposes, fwiw. My main concern is staying on the internet and not have these random dropouts.
I've tried different ports on the router with the cat line from desktop to router. I've hardwired a connection from router to notebook. Still the same.
Firmware is up to date on the router.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. If more info is needed, please tell me. I'm at a loss, and it's driving me crazy. Thanks in advance.
PS- I just lost the connection on my notebook as I was writing this; luckily, I was able to re-connect this time using "view available networks" and reconnecting to the network name. Could it simply be the router has gone bad?