How do I test whether my Belkin router works?

Belkin G wireless router
December 2, 2010 at 13:40:17
Specs: Windows Vista
My wireless connection stopped, but the direct cable works. I tried resetting, but it still does not work. Before I buy a new one can I test to see if it is good? If bad, can I just replace with a similar model or do I need to insert CD and do all the other input? Thanks

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December 2, 2010 at 13:47:24
Have you selected the option to view available wireless networks? Can you see your router listed? What happens when you manually try to connect to your router, instead of relying on the automatic connection?

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December 2, 2010 at 13:56:07
Yes, I did view available wireless networks and it was not listed. Since it was not listed I could not automatically tie in, so I tried resetting by powering down and then by pushing the reset button to see if it would appear on the available listing. Don't know how to hook up manually, but I did hardwire and the cable does work.

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December 2, 2010 at 18:20:35
The reset method you used it not what Belkin recommends. Here is what Belkin recommends;
1.Get a long and thin object. A heavy gauge straight pin, a push pin, or even the tip of a sharpened pencil will do for this project.
2.Locate the reset button on the back of your router. It will be small, rubbery, and inset into the case. The word "Reset" will be below the button.
3.Turn off the computer, and disconnect the router from the computer. Leave the power to the router connected to a power source. This will not work if the router is powered off.
4.Press the reset button with the long and thin object that you picked out in step one.
5.Count to seven slowly. After seven seconds you can let go of the button.
6.Look for the buttons on the front to flash. When you have reset the device the lights will all flash at the same time. If you are not looking at the right moment you may miss this brief flash.

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December 2, 2010 at 18:42:14
Have you another machine in the house just to prove it is not something to do with the receiver in your computer?

I've not found Belkin reset as fussy as they suggest and mine does a quick reset in much less than 7 seconds. Just pulling the power plug for a few seconds also seems to do much the same thing.

EIther way you have to wait a minute or so before it works properly again.

For my Belkin you have to hold the button in for 20 seconds to do a "full factory reset", which might prove necessary. You will then need to set it up with the CD. Your encryption would also have to be setup again.

Hardware failures are relatively uncommon but you might just be unlucky.

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