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    Question Linksys BEFW11S4 kills speed

    When directly connected to my main workstation, the cable modem speeds are great. When I connect to the Linksys, speed is fine for a few minutes, then drops to around 56k. Reconnect the cable modem directly to the workstation again, do a couple of resets, speed comes back. All tweaks in place. W/O being connected to the cable modem, the Linksys networks my three systems just fine. Linksys support sent me here(?!). I've looked around, but was unable to find a specific solution.
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    are plugging your cable modem into the uplink port on your hub (assuming that your "Linksys" is a hub) there should be a uplink or "out to hub" jack on it your cable modem needs to be plugged into it
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    The Linksys is a fwireless access point + cable/dsl router with a 4-port switch. I've done as the directions indicated by plugging the output RJ-45 from the cable modem into the Linksys's WAN port.

    That's the easy part...

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    try to plug it in the uplink port
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    I have read about that linksys and it says use the uplink for cable modem
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    Wouldn't that then defeat all the firewall protection?! I'd be directly connecting to the LAN side of the router/firewall and not the WAN side. In effect, wouldn't I just be using the Linksys as a network switch/hub with wireless capabilities?

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    no it will still do and act the same but there are known issues of sending LAN data over WAN connections so try it and see if it works better
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    Originally posted by pdperry:
    Wouldn't that then defeat all the firewall protection?! I'd be directly connecting to the LAN side of the router/firewall and not the WAN side.
    You're correct- you do not use uplink port, unless you're by-passing switch to go directly another hub/switch. Connection to cable modem is from WAN port only.

    I don't know why your speed is degrading, but your connections are correct.

    Is the client PC you're connecting with hooked to switch via hard-wire, or wireless? How do the wireless clients work? Are they degrading too?

    I have not used this particular model, but have set up several WAP11's, with separate firewall/NAT routers, and on internal Corporate LANs, and they've all worked great.

    Just curious- what OS; NICs; other hardware info??
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    Right now, the only machine connected is not using WAP and is my main system running WindowsME. A Dell Model XPS-Z (4100), PIII~864 Mhz with a Intel(R) PRO/100+ Management Adapter. Connecting via @HOME service.

    Tried again last night by following exactly the cable modem procedure as outlined in the review of the Linksys EitherFast Cable/DSL Router posted on this site.

    Speed was fine for about three minutes, then degraded to around 56kps.

    Then, unplugged the cable modem and shut-down 'puter. Reconnected directly to the cable modem, powered-up same, powered-up 'pooter, speed comes back immediately.

    Something is up between either the router and the cable modem or between my NIC and the router.

    Any secrets I'm missing?! I tried the WAP connection earlier, and it too degrades.

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