I have a Linksys BEFSX41. The firmware is not current (1.51.00, latest
is 1.52.15), but it is rock stable. I've never had to reboot it because
of an issue with it locking up or not otherwise working. I work from
home, so having it stable is important (if only Comcast was so
In addition to my Vista home computer, there is my work computer
(Win2K), and a D-Link/Vonage adapter. I disabled IPv6 on the Vista
Since updating my home computer to a new one with Vista, I've noticed
that whenever it accesses the network, ALL of the activity lights blink.
The other devices blink at a lower rate than the Vista computer.
I can see the Vonage adapter activity light blink off (it's ON when
there is no activity.) During heavier Vista use, it almost seems
For a test, I tried my ancient D-Link DI-604 (I updated the firmware to
the latest, and apparently last, version, too), and there were no
issues. It even seemed to give faster speed tests than the Linksys (20K
down from the Speakeasy test using Comcast 6000/1000+Powerboost. The
Linksys seems to be about 15-16K.) I'm not worried about the speed as
long as it's faster than my rated speed.
Any idea just what in Vista could be confusing the modem and almost be
treated like a broadcast, causing other devices to try and respond? I'm
not using the router's VPN features anymore (I used to). The setup is
more or less generic. Firewall is on, special filters off (just block
ping and IDENT). UPnP is disabled (default setting.)
I went to a Vista router test site at:
and it only failed ECN (which is turned off in Vista anyways) and UPnP.
Otherwise, any ideas on a good, RELIABLE, router? Wireless is NOT an
issue and I don't need it. I'd rather not pay the $$$ or power/heat for
something I don't use. Otherwise, if a wireless router is a good idea,
I'd not only like the wireless to be easily 100% disabled, but also be
able to remove the antenna(s) as extra insurance.
To be honest, it's hard to say if the router weirdness is really
affecting anything. On the other hand, with DOCSIS3, IPv6, Gigabit
Ethernet, and faster speeds coming, it may be time to upgrade.
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