Yesterday morning it was raining pretty hard, and just as I got to my desk and logged into the PC, BOOM! lightning struck right outside. I saw the flash, heard the boom and the power went out all in one instant. I have a UPS, so the PC stayed up, but I shut it down, then I went to shut down the UPS and noticed all the lights on the cable modem were off. I hoped it was OK, but there was nothing I could do until the power was restored. It was about 4pm when they restored power, and as I feared, the cable modem was dead. Not only that, but my router got toasted too, actually just the Ethernet ports were.
I went to Walmart hoping they sold cable modems and routers, otherwise I'd have to wait and drive 60 miles to my nearest Best Buy. Luckily Walmart had them. They had the same brand, but a newer model, of the cable modem I was replacing. My old router had an OpenWRT on it. I picked a new router and hoped to get lucky that it would support OpenWRT, but it doesn't. This router I picked kind of sucks, so I've ordered one from Amazon that works with OpenWRT and taking this one back when it gets here.
I wanted to set up the router before connecting it to the cable modem. When I fist plugged the PC into the router, Windows was not detecting a cable connected, and I was beginning to fear that the Ethernet port on my PC was fried too. The light on the modem lit up when I plugged the PC in, so it was detecting a connection on the port. I was able to connect to the WiFi with my tablet, but it would not let me access the router page from the tablet, and told me to install the Android app.
Eventually I got the Ethernet sorted out, but it was on some quick setup page and told me to connect to the internet and sign into or create a Linksys account.
I pressed the factory reset button on the modem and tried again. Apparently when I connected with the tablet, even though it told me to use the App and wouldn't let me access it in Firefox, it started the quick setup. After the reset, when I connected from the PC, this time I had an option to do a quick setup or manual configuration. I'm finally back up and running, but out of $150 and a day wasted fixing shit.
"The only way anyone can live in peace is if they're prepared to forgive." - The Doctor