I had three computers (two with WinXP, one with Win NT) connected via a Linksys router. Each connected to the internet, no problems whatsoever.
The Win NT computer is my employer's computer. They had to upgrade to Win XP and have sent me a new computer with XP and I returned their Win NT computer. Now I have three WinXP computers, but I can't get this new computer to get on the internet and as I use the internet to work, this is very troublesome.
When I just plugged the cable into the internet card and tried to use the VPN dialer, I would get the message "Unable to contact the security gateway." If I just tried to access the internet, I would get a Page Not Found...obviously, no connection. The strange thing is that whenever I try to connect to the internet using this new computer, it--for lack of a better term--knocks my other personal computers off the internet and they can no longer connect, either.
I unplug the cable modem, unplug the router, plug it back in, and then my personal computers will connect. I'll try the new computer again and *sometimes* it will actually connect to a page on the internet for a little while, then lose the connection, and then of course I lose my personal computers again and will have to unplug and replug. And the whole scenario begins again.
The technicians I speak to at work just blame my cable company, but the Win NT machine worked fine for years and my personal computers work fine, too. I know very little about networking, I'm afraid, but some options for me to try would be greatly appreciated. Could the cable not be right for this computer (using a CAT 5 patch cable)? I replaced the LinkSys router (4 port) about four months ago.