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Lightning - Router or EtherNet Card?

by Dr_e / September 15, 2004 12:45 AM PDT

I lost a fax machine through a lightning strike. My "Linksys" router stopped working also.
My question; how do I check if my ethernet card, or the router was hit (or both). Computer working fine.
(System: XP on Dell 8200).

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Re: Lightning - Router or EtherNet Card?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2004 12:51 AM PDT

Since the ethernet card can run 2 to 20 bucks, I'd replace it first, then the router.


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Re: Lightning - Router or EtherNet Card?
by jconner / September 15, 2004 2:50 AM PDT

Bypass the router and plug directly into your cable modem and see if you can ping or talk through it. If it works it's your router. If it doesn't work buy a replacement NIC and try again. Both are cheap, good idea to keep a spare for both.

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Re: Lightning - Router or EtherNet Card?
by Willy / September 15, 2004 5:29 AM PDT

I wouldn't hestitate to swap out the ethernet card or port for a card as that's the low cost option. If works after the swap you also then prove the router works if you go through it. If not, then the router needs to be replaced. Lightening may allow a partial working if at all, so its possible what may work now may not soon enough.

good luck -----Willy Happy

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Re: Lightning - Router or EtherNet Card?
by Dr_e / September 17, 2004 1:12 AM PDT

Thanks for your suggestions.
Indeed my cable modem has been working in direct hookup to the card, so my question really showed my ignorance. Also subsequent checking through my computer\properties\hardware conn etc showed 'no problems' with the ethernet card.

I got fooled by the lttle lights still coming on on the router, thinking/hoping it might still be working after all.

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