Just before I read your note, I reset the router to the factory settings, I reset it in a few ways, I first restored it to the factory settings from the router homepage, both from the desktop and the laptop too, still no go, the websites don't come up.I reset it manually using the switch (tried this in a few iterations with the router disconnected from everything except power , with it hardwired to the the laptop(no cable) , etc,) no go,
I pushed the reset switch on the router, while it was still connected to the cable broadband, power, held it for 10 seconds, tried to reconfigure the router by installing the Belkin Router monitor (tried this a few times).
But here is the funny part, even though I reset the router a couple of times, it reconfigures itself; this is a bit a tricky let me explain,
Originally when I first setup the Belkin router I installed the Belkin Router monitor along with it, it is a software which comes with the router. My cable internet works this way you can plug in the cable to a system, and you need to enter a user id and password (given by the isp) in any browser window to log onto the internet, however when I put in the router the Belkin set up monitor took the the id and pass during installation so I didn't have to enter it every time. So once the laptop/desktop were on, they would be connected to the internet. And then for some reason I decided I didn't want this router monitor thing running on my system (I don't even know why, probably the little green thing was annoying me, the silly things I think of and do) , so I kicked it out ( uninstalled it with revo uninstaller-nice soft), well after uninstalling the router was hardwired to the desktop and I could connect wirelessly to the router, that is to say everything appeared fine minus the belkin monitor, I didn't notice the issue at that time.
I think the id and pass are kind of welded into the router settings, because I still don't have to enter them when connected via the router (hardwired or wirelessly), but if I unplug the cable from the router and plug the cable into the laptop it asks for the id and pass.
Even though I reset it a couple of times (factory reset and switch reset) , within a couple of seconds after resetting I am able to go online without having to reconfigure the router. Even the Belkin router monitor which I tried installing doesn't take the user id and pass, says they are invalid (they are correct, I rechecked), but midway through the setup I am already online, so I guess it doesn't need them again. Hmmmm , just explaining all this makes me think about the age old maxim "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" , boy is that true or what.