So, configuring my new computer today for Azureus, i went to enable port fowarding in my router. After enabling the port, i clicked "save", and then "reboot" so the "settings could take effect". After every reboot, it refreshes the IP i guess, and it was set on Dynamic IP, as i have had it for the 3-4 years i've had it.
After rebooting, it fails to renew the IP. I reset the router, wiping the memory, thinking maybe i hit the wrong button. Still nothing. Multiple tries and it still cannot get a IP address. It connected my computer itself to the modem and i was able to get online. So to try again, i connected the router back to the modem, and i was able to load ~LINK BROKEN BY MANAGEMENT~, once. Right afterwards, the "cable" led starts to flash on my modem, meaning that there is a connection but it is still "registering/verifying" (according to the manual) . From this point on, i have not been able to load a single internet page but i can access the other computers in my network. I could also access 192.168.0.1, but that does nothing for me.
Here, i thought the cable modem/network was denying an IP to my router, but a quick check proved otherwise.
So i leave the router off, and connect directly to the modem for half a day. I go back and hope that somehow time has fixed it. Nope, even worse, now i cannot even access the router. I use "repair connection" in Windows XP, but it doesnt fix it. THe other computers cannot see me either.
The main question: Is it safe to say the router is useless (warranty expired anways)?
Windows XP pro Sp2
Router- D Link DI-704
Modem- Toshiba cable modem
Connection- Road Runner NYC
One last thing, i've kept the router next to the base heater in this room for the last 3 years, did the heat fry it? I dont even think i turned the heat on today actually. And the thermostat is never above 70 anyways.