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The steps she had me do were:
1.Shutdown all computers, unplug power from router, and then unplug power from cable modem. 2.Wait approximately two minutes. 3.Plug power back in on cable modem and wait for connection light to go solid, indicating I have a connection to my provider. 4.Plug power back in on router. 5.After diagnostic light on router goes off, using a pen or such, press reset button on back of router for about 3 seconds or until you see diagnostic light come back on. (This will reset all your current configs to factory default.) 6.When diagnostic light goes off once again, then boot computer.
It seemed like I had previously performed all these steps, but I believe I missed router hardware reset BEFORE I turned on any computers. That must have done trick. Anyway, I thanked her very much and told her to have a nice day.
I was quite upset that I could cause that to happen by disabling something on my laptop though so I decided to find out some more about this Internet Gateway.
It seems that Internet Gateway Device Discovery is tied to Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). UPnP was first major setback to Microsoft’s claim that Windows XP is most secure Windows yet. Another one of infamous “buffer overflow” exploits seemed to call for yet another security patch when operating system was still brand new.
If you are sure you do not need these features I would recommend uninstalling them. If you are on a network, check with your administrator on whether these features are necessary.
To uninstall these features follow these instructions:
1.Go to Start—> Settings—> Control Panel—> Add or Remove Programs, then click on Add/Remove Windows Components in left-hand column. When Windows Components window comes up, scroll down and click on Network Services line, and then click Details. 2.Do you see Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client selected? If so, clear that check box. 3.Do you see RIP Listener selected? If so, clear that check box. 4.Do you see Simple TCP/IP Services selected? If so, clear that check box. 5.Do you see Universal Plug and Play selected? If so, clear that check box. 6.Click Next, as needed, to get to Finish.
Windows XP seems a much bigger and yes, better (in some ways) beast than previous Microsoft Operating Systems. Just be careful when clicking around in it. Make sure you understand what you are doing BEFORE you do it so you do not render part of your system inoperable. If unsure about a feature you can look it up in Windows Help (Press F1) or on Microsoft’s Knowledgebase at: http://support.microsoft.com/.
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