In short, I can see and access other computers in the local area network, but there is no internet connection.After 2 weeks of tech support calls and more than 4 hours of total support time, the effort finally paid off. During each call, tech support suggested changing MTU settings, disabling Block Anonymous Internet Requests, hard resetting the router, re-flashing the firmware, power cycling the modem & router, running static IP & DNS settings on each computer, adjusting various wireless settings, etc…. Of course, after each tedious call, the router would work fine. It got to the point that every 24 hours, the router needed a hard reset and a full re-setup to work properly again.
For Outlook 2007 under Windows Vista, when using your ISP’s SMTP, an additional step of disabling authentication is required.
Under Tools Outgoing Server Tab, uncheck “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication” like so: Voila! Funny enough, after switching SMTP settings, I disabled the above Max MTU settings and Port Triggering on the BEFW11S4 router and emails are still going out. Not sure why there are so many issues (& resolutions) in the Linksys forums regarding email send issues with certain Linksys routers but there you go.
except for Outlook not being able to send out any emails!
After some quick research, it turns out that the BEFW11S4 has been well documented to have email send issues.
Two must do’s for this router to unblock Outlook sending emails are: After these settings, both Outlook 2003 (running under Windows XP) & Outlook 2007 (running under Windows Vista) were still not able to send emails out.
I had to further tweak each computer manually to send out emails via Outlook.
Email security measures such as digital signatures and encryption have been available for years now, but still are not employed by many individuals, even when the information they are sending over the public Internet is sensitive.
And to top it off, users and SMBs can implement this level of functionality quite easily; the functionality is essentially free and built into many of the leading email client programs.
Thought I would share a quick fix and save some of you from hours of hair pulling.