I received the replacement router, thank you. The only difference I can see is that it’s running a newer firmware, version 2.03 I think. I set it up in place of the temporary setup I’ve been using with the gigabit switch, that is, I just patched it directly to the cable modem as I’d originally tried back in November.
For an hour or so things seemed fine. I was able to reconfigure my household printer and add devices to the new wireless network. But soon enough my work VPN connection began dropping every few minutes, and other devices began to experience losses of internet connectivity, operations timing out, etc. I cannot tell whether it is any better than the original router, but I don’t think it is. So, I put the switch back in the mix as I describe above in my Dec 20 post and once again, as soon as I connect to the network hosted by the old Linksys router all the problems vanish.
So – what next? Should I try disabling DHCP? I presume that if I do that I can reverse the changes by executing
/etc/init.d/dnsmasq enable && /etc/init.d/dnsmasq start
? Or is there something else I can try?