|To Curt: could you please expand on what exactly my mention of Static IP service clears up? |
In your previous response you said, and I quote, "I actually have a static IP service with these guys, and when I set up my router for Static IP, I get correct IP address (as assigned to me) on all the web sites, as well as in the WAN section of Status report. However, for the last week Internet connection was intermittent - I was forced to reboot the router (or at least repair the wireless connection on my XP SP3) every ten minutes or so. After I restored router factory settings (which switched router to DHCP setting),"
The way I read that is you saying your account with your ISP is for a static IP on the WAN side of your router and while configured with the aformentioned static IP, you always showed the correct (same) address wherever you went online.
Then, you reset the router to factory defaults and the WAN side defaulted to DHCP and now you're exhibiting the odd behaviour.
Also, what do you mean by "You need to reconfigure the WAN port of your router for your "static" connection"? I already know that if I configure my router for a static IP, everything with the IP addresses looks fine - except the Internet connection is unreliable and I need to reset it every 5 to 10 minutes.
You don't mention if you did reapply the static settings to your router so I assumed you hadn't and told you to do so. If you haven't in fact done so, do it. Just because it misbehaved before doesn't mean it will now. Sometimes resetting a router will fix whatever brain fart it was having.
If you clicked on my name above and read my "how-to" guide titled, "Troubleshooting Wireless Issues" (which doubles as a "troubleshooting possible router issues" guide) you'll se what you did is actually one of the steps I recommend.
Anyhow, if you haven't reapplied your static settings to the WAN side of the router don't assume it won't work. Test it and see.
If the issue continues, I would recommend replacing the router unless this is as I mentioned at the outset, something the ISP is doing to their DHCP network. If you're really curious what's going on, you could still call them and ask.
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