Okay here's the poop. After reviewing the radio spectrum use around my house, and realizing I have no adapters capable of the 5ghz band, I decided to go ahead and throw the Windows 7 box back off of WiFi and on to wired ethernet.
Step #1. Test jumpers, and cable through wall. They check out fine.
Step #2. Change WiFi adapter / dongle back to DHCP and disable.
Step #3. Enable 10/100 ethernet controller, and configure IP, network mask, gateway, and DNS server. (my router).
Step #4. Ping the router. No worries, it's all good.
Step #5. Ping www.google.com, again, it's all good.
Step #6. Fire up browser. Jack squat.
Try different sites, google, tomshardware, dell, etc... Nothing.
Go back to command prompt, ping to all of the sites works fine.
Back to browser, attempt to log into router. Nothing.
Check Windows firewall. Only option I am getting is set to recommended settings, and it errors out...
Now if this was a linux box, I could simply issue the command...
# service iptables stop
(verify and allow ports such as 80 and 443 through to whatever ethernet controller is active).
How do I do this in Windows? (I have the Windows box for my wife... I am more of a Linux sort of guy...)
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