Hi I've changed an old Belkin router which became unreliable for a free Thomson one provided by my ISP. I'm running a small wired network which uses the 4 ports on the router - 3 for pcs, and 1 goes to a Linksys print server. The print server also has 4 ports available so I connected a NAS drive I use for backup to that. All used to work fine on the network until I changed the router and now can't access the NAS. Tried all the usual different sequences of powering things on and off - doesn't seem to make any difference.
I can connect all the stuff together and usually get it working but I don't understand enough about how networks/routers work to be able to tell if there is something different between the cheapy router the ISP supplied, and the Belkin one I paid for, as there are a few other odd things going on since I changed it. Questions are: Any suggestions as to why this should be happening? If I plug the NAS directly into one of the router ports, and one of the pcs into the print server ports should that work? Should I just buy another router - maybe one with more ports? Thanks for your help