Firewall and Router anomaly?

  Graphicool1 09:58 19 Aug 2010

WinXP SP3 - Belkin Router - PC Tools Firewall

I have had the Belkin Router for a few years now. About two or three months ago I changed my Firewall to PC Tools, as my previous one was having software issues with Avast Anti-Virus.

Everything has been more or less OK. Except that the router doesn't always go on line, or goes off line after the mail downloads. That means I have to unplug it and check all the connections, then plug it back in etc.

This morning, the PC booted, the mail downloaded. Then a pop-up message appeared on the screen from the Firewall...
'A New Network has been found'
It was telling me to 'Lable' it. I had the choice of either...
'Home' - 'Work' or 'Public'
I chose - Home. Then I was able to open my Belkin Control Panel. Which showed only one connection, my usual one. I hit the show all button, but it still showed only the one. I then opened the Firewall Control Panel. It is showing two Networks, top of the list is...
Belkin - Public

MSHOME is Active - Belkin (My Net Link) isn't!?

My Belkin set up IS secured.

A couple of weeks ago I here
The reason I'm telling you this is in case there is a connection. (no pun intended)

As you can see my question wasn't really answered and so it wasn't resolved.

  Graphicool1 10:10 19 Aug 2010

The 'IP/Mask' and the 'Gateway MAC' addresses/numbers are both identical?

nice question.. i hope anyone can put the answer asap

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