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  1. #1
    fleemo17@comcast.net
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    Router Quit Working

    I'm using an old D-Link DL-704 router primarily as a firewall on my
    Mac running OS X 10.5. Suddenly the router stopped working. The
    cables checked out ok, but my Comcast internet connection doesn't work
    unless I bypass the router. Comcast's customer support suggested
    contacting D-Link, but I doubt they'll support a piece of gear this
    old. Is a hardware firewall necessary with a Mac running 10.5? If it
    is a good idea to keep it, might there be some settings I can change
    on the router to get it to work again?

    Thanks.

  2. #2
    Mr. Arnold
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    Re: Router Quit Working


    <fleemo17@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:15e2c0d7-1df9-49a8-9e4e-b28c9032d4e4@s37g2000prg.googlegroups.com...
    > I'm using an old D-Link DL-704 router primarily as a firewall on my
    > Mac running OS X 10.5. Suddenly the router stopped working. The
    > cables checked out ok, but my Comcast internet connection doesn't work
    > unless I bypass the router. Comcast's customer support suggested
    > contacting D-Link, but I doubt they'll support a piece of gear this
    > old. Is a hardware firewall necessary with a Mac running 10.5? If it
    > is a good idea to keep it, might there be some settings I can change
    > on the router to get it to work again?
    >


    A MAC is not bullet proof. It can be hacked just like any other O/S that's
    exposed to the internet and doesn't have proper protection.

    Routers don't last forever go buy another one.


  3. #3
    Todd H.
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    Re: Router Quit Working

    fleemo17@comcast.net writes:

    > I'm using an old D-Link DL-704 router primarily as a firewall on my
    > Mac running OS X 10.5. Suddenly the router stopped working. The
    > cables checked out ok, but my Comcast internet connection doesn't work
    > unless I bypass the router. Comcast's customer support suggested
    > contacting D-Link, but I doubt they'll support a piece of gear this
    > old. Is a hardware firewall necessary with a Mac running 10.5? If it
    > is a good idea to keep it, might there be some settings I can change
    > on the router to get it to work again?


    Unless your time is worth very little, I'd say it's time to buy a new
    router.

    However, trying to contact the router via its config webpage,
    updating to latest firmware are all easy enough to try before
    replacing it.

    --
    Todd H.
    http://www.toddh.net/

  4. #4
    Todd H.
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    Re: Router Quit Working

    fleemo17@comcast.net writes:

    > I'm using an old D-Link DL-704 router primarily as a firewall on my
    > Mac running OS X 10.5. Suddenly the router stopped working. The
    > cables checked out ok, but my Comcast internet connection doesn't work
    > unless I bypass the router. Comcast's customer support suggested
    > contacting D-Link, but I doubt they'll support a piece of gear this
    > old. Is a hardware firewall necessary with a Mac running 10.5? If it
    > is a good idea to keep it, might there be some settings I can change
    > on the router to get it to work again?
    >
    > Thanks.


    Oh and don't forget to power cycle the cable modem when changing the
    device that's connected to it. On power up, the cable modem remembers
    the MAC of the device connected to it, I believe, and I've seen cases
    where it will only talk to it as a result.

    Power cycling the modem reinitiates this learning process, I believe.

    --
    Todd H.
    http://www.toddh.net/

  5. #5
    Andrew Rossmann
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    Re: Router Quit Working

    [This followup was posted to comp.security.firewalls and a copy was sent
    to the cited author.]

    In article <15e2c0d7-1df9-49a8-9e4e-b28c9032d4e4
    @s37g2000prg.googlegroups.com>, fleemo17@comcast.net says...
    > I'm using an old D-Link DL-704 router primarily as a firewall on my
    > Mac running OS X 10.5. Suddenly the router stopped working. The
    > cables checked out ok, but my Comcast internet connection doesn't work
    > unless I bypass the router. Comcast's customer support suggested
    > contacting D-Link, but I doubt they'll support a piece of gear this
    > old. Is a hardware firewall necessary with a Mac running 10.5? If it
    > is a good idea to keep it, might there be some settings I can change
    > on the router to get it to work again?


    It may not be a problem with your router. I had that happen twice with a
    Linksys router and my Motorola SB5120 modem. The first time, it started
    working after a few hours (yes, I tried all sorts of reboots and even a
    different router!!) The second time, I hit the standby button on top of
    the modem to put it in standby, then hit it again to take it out. It
    suddenly started passing data.

    It's weird in that the router does get a valid DHCP address, but nothing
    will pass through. It's as if NAT is being blocked. If the standby
    on/off works for you, then maybe it's some obscure bug in the modem?

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