This is going to be lengthy, sorry I really need help...already wasted 8 hours with no solution....
For 2 1/2 years working configuration...
1 - 2 - 3 - 4, 5 and 6 (detail listed below)
1) Brighthouse DNS/Servers all somewhere else that I do not have access to.
2) Terayon Cable Modem TJ715X
3) Linksys Broadband Firewall Router BEFSX41;Static IP Addressing worked prior to 8/13/06 1PM EST.
4) PC 1; IBM 6565-UAU; Windows 98 / Windows 2000 5.00.2195 Service Pack 2; Linux - Redhat Linux (Dual Boot w/ PartitionMagic)
5) PC 2; IBM 6565-96U; Windows 2000 / Windows 98 (Dual Boot w/ PartitionMagic); Skype running on this PC - VoIP.
6) PC3; IBM 6563-O2U; Windows 2000 / Linux - RedHat (Dual Boot w/ PartitionMagic)
What happened before:
Typical Central Florida thunderstorm came up, lightning strikes too close for comfort, therefore, shutdown PCs, powered off routers, detached all power cords and networking cables. No path into equipment should lightning strike nearby. I simply cannot afford to replace everything nor live with the delay it would take to get replacement equipment. Time: Approx 1:00 PM EST. on 8/13/06.
After storm passed, approx 8:00PM on 8/13/06. plugged in all equipment, powered up 2) first, 3) second, 4 and 5 last. All network and power cables attached and seated firmly....double checked this after initial failure.
Upon reboot, Skype VoIP (5) worked fine, but could not access any URLs. No error messages, just blank screens.
5 - 6 phone calls with Brighthouse, multiple reboots, power outs, etc...., finally bipassed (3) Linksys, connecting PC (4) directly to Terayon (2) first attempt no joy, second attempt could surf the web yea...but no firewall, ugh.
I need static IP addressing behind the firewall for a couple of software packages that require it. Right now I can only use 1 PC at a time.
How can I dynamically link to Brighthouse on one side while simultaneously linking to the Linksys Router with Static IP on the other side?
Brighthouses solution is to pay more per month for static IP addressing. I am already paying close to $100 per month for 2 - 3 MBps of access. ugh. I have heard that I can get 5MBps via DSL and BellSouth for $30 - $40, so I may churn and save money. Even if I churn because of this, I will still need static IP addressing with DSL or Cablemodem.
Since I made no configuration changes, my hypothesis is Brighthouse (1), reconfigured, renamed, upgraded changed their hardware and/or software for networking.
Note: Skype has always worked, even when names were not resolving. Brighthouse could see that the Cable Modem (2) was working even when I could not resolve names on the PC (4).
I changed from static to dynamic naming on the PC (4) in order to connect when directly connected to the Terayon Cable Modem (2)
Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated! CB