Wireless Network Infections

August 8, 2009 at 14:25:21
Specs: Macintosh 10.5/Windows XP Pro

HELP!!! I set up a wireless router a few days ago, a
Belkin F5D7630-4A modem router connected to a
cable modem, and everything seemed to be ok.
Router was setup properly using my my Mac
Powerbook (OS 10.5.) Yesterday while online, I
suddenly lost my wireless connection. And when I
attempted to reestablish the connection, I was
prompted to provide my site key/WEP/WAS
password. Yet after entering it, I was still unable to
connect. When I checked the wireless router and
cable modems, their internet lights were flashing
alternately. I am able to get on the Net using a wired
ethernet connection through the modems.

I have also tried using my other PC laptops (Windows
XP Pro OS). On my pc laptops, and there is no
connectivity with them either, although Windows XP's
wireless network manager sees the secure network
and indicates that the laptop is connected to the
secure wireless network, it also indicates that it
cannot find (and is searching for) the network's correct
IP address. None of my PC laptops are able to get on
the web via the wireless network.

Do I have some sort of virus on all my laptops? I
frequently access the web on all of the laptops at
various Starbucks around town using the unsecured
wireless network available at each of their stores
(AT&T Wi-Fi), and all of my laptops continue to be
able connect via Starbucks' networks.

Has a virus attacked the router and ultimately wiped
the firmware out? All of my laptops run ok, and
connect to the unsecured wireless networks at
starbucks, but none will connect to my wireless router
at home. It seems that l am just unable not get an ip
address. Again each of the laptops will get on the net
using ethernet. Do I basically need to reformat and
reinstall all operating systems and software? If
someone here can come up with an easier solution
please let me know. Needless to say a full AV scan
(using Avast &PC Tools iAntiVirus) brings up nothing.
Any suggestions anyone?


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#1
August 8, 2009 at 14:48:12

Reset the router (check the support website to get the specifics, but it usually involves holding in a reset button for 30 seconds). Then reconfigure it.

-Ryan Adams

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#2
August 8, 2009 at 19:42:29

Thanks!!! I did that this morning after posting at starbucks and
it solved it. I guess I should have tried that first... doh!

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#3
August 8, 2009 at 23:28:21

I have a client with a Belkin router. About every 40 days or so, the router decides to torn on MAC filtering by itself (thereby breaking their connection). I spent several visits trying to figure out why this happened, even going so far as to create a ridiculously complicated password in case someone was "hacking" in and messing with it. After all that failed, I finally settled for configuring it correctly, saving the configuration to a file (this is an option in the web interface to the router) and showing the client how to restore the configuration on their own.

Seems the Belkin routers still have a few bugs that need to be worked out.

-Ryan Adams

Free Computer Tips and more:http://RyanTAdams.com
Paid Tech Support: Black Diamond


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