WELL I'M BACK AGAIN! WHAT I AM GOING TO DO IS RE-START MY WHOLE SYSTEM WITH THE RECOVERY DISC. I HAVE TO MANY ERRORS ON THE COMPUTER RIGHT NOW AND TO MUCH CRAP IN THE SYSTEM. BUT I HAVE TO WHAIT FOR A NEW RECOVERY DISC BECAUSE MINE IS DAMMAGED. MY QUESTION IS THIS. I BELIEVE PART OF MY PROBLEM IS MY HUB (LINKSYS ETHERFAST 10/100 5-PORT WORKINGROUP SWITCH MODEL # EZXS55W). IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE DSL COMPATIABLE BUT IT DOES SUPPORT NAT OR PPPoE!!!! I WAS THINKING OF PURCHASING THE Linksys BEFSR41 4-Port Etherfast Cable/DSL Router OR THE Netgear RT311 Internet Access Gateway Router. WHICH ONE WOULD YOU SUGGEST???? THE LINKSYS IS SUPPOSED TO SUPPORT NAT AND PPPoE. MY DSL PROVIDER USES PPPoPE AND DYNAMIC IP. HOWEVER I FOUND SOME NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THE LINKSYS ROUTER:Warning for PPPoE ADSL users, October 13, 2000
Reviewer: An electronics fan from Boca Raton, FL USA
This router is housed in an attractive stackable case which easily mates with other Linksys networking products. An easy to read array of LEDs gives a clear indication of networking activity on both the LAN and WAN ports.
One initial annoyance is the power transformer. For some reason Linksys chose to not make it a wall wart (good) but did not give it enough cord to reach the floor (bad). So you will end up with the transformer either on your desk or dangling in mid air.
Setup is a breeze with the built-in html configuration interface and quickstart document. Even a novice could get the unit configured within five minutes. Support for things such as DMZ and DHCP is an added bonus.
If your ADSL provider does not use PPPoE you will probably be fine with this unit. Unfortunately, mine uses PPPoE. Linksys is supposed to support PPPoE beginning with firmware version 1.30.
The current firmware version is 1.36 and was released on 10/12/2000. While I applaud Linksys updating their firmware frequently I was not happy waiting for the PPPoE support to be fixed and already returned the unit.
The router would work fine until my ADSL provider would "refresh" my IP address; the linksys unit would then be unable to obtain a new IP. Using the html web interface seemed to debug the problem only seemed to aggravate the situation. Their support page suggested doing the "power dance" by unplugging the router and/or the ADSL modem in varying combinations, which was unsuccessful, time-consuming and aggravating.
I'm sure Linksys will have this fixed in time just be forewarned if you are a PPPoE user.
I AM VERY UNSURE AS WHAT TO BUY ANY AND ALL ADVICE WILL BE VERY HELPFUL!!!!!