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Linksys Range Expander blocking Internet acces

I bought a Linksys WRE54G Wireless-G Range Expander 1.0 in hopes of using it with a Netgear WG111v2. I downloaded the firmware from the Cisco website onto the desktop computer that runs my wireless network. I used the Linksys "smart wizard" to try to configure the range expander, and at the end of the process, I got a message saying it would not support WPA security. Linksys wants me to pay $30 or more or they won't help me with set it up because it is out of warranty, so I am willing to just resell it on Ebay and forget the whole idea of using it.

The problem is that now I cannot access the Internet from my Windows XP desktop computer. I am posting this note from a Vista laptop on the same network. I got a message on the desktop earlier saying there is an IP address conflict.

I tried using the Reset button on the wireless range expander to resolve the conflict but this seemed to have no effect. I have unplugged the router and restarted the desktop several times. I looked for a way to uninstall the firmware from my desktop, but it does not appear under Add/Remove Programs or the device manager.

How do I get Linksys off my computer to get my Netgear router working again? Thanks in advance.

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I can't tell from your post how the XP machine is supposed to connect to the old router so I'm left with one lone idea.

Google XP NETSH RESET and hope.

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Netgear connection

The router connects to the modem with a cable and to the desktop computer with software. I think the Linksys device may have changed the IP the router is trying to connect to in the software but I'm not sure.

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How strange.

I've never had to install software to connect to a router with the ethernet cable. This is something very new I fear. Can you supply a web link about this?

Here I only needed to plug in the ethernet cable. In fact I just setup 2 routers today. Neither used any software from the router maker on the computer.


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Problem solved

A friend suggested that I uninstall my USB adapter for the Netgear router in Device Manager. After I did this, restarted the computer and reinserted the USB into my computer, it appears the problem has resolved itself. I now have Internet access.

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