I am using MikTex on a Windows 10 work machine to produce work documents. It worked fine until I tried to install package hyperref. I found I couldn't install any packages, presumably because of some firewall blockage. I tried to set up a local repository, but that got blocked too, with a "timeout reached, error 28" message. I tried to select a different net repository, but the list it offered me was empty, and it did not allow me to enter the URL of a repository. I tried various other things through the MikTex console with no results - often getting the "timeout reached" error..
So then I followed a suggestion to do a full MikTex installation, so that it would not ever need to request packages. I followed the instructions and downloaded the Net Installer from the MikTex site. But that got blocked as well, presumably at the stage when it tried to connect to a mirror and download all the packages.
I can connect to mirror sites in a browser and manually download from them, but attempts by MikTex to do that fail.
It looks like what I need is a downloadable installer that, once downloaded, doesn't need to download anything else - so a full 4GB-ish file containing all packages (the Net Installer file is only 100-something MB), or else a way to manually download all the packages to a dir and tell MikTex to use them. For the latter approach, I couldn't see a way to download all packages, at the mirror I looked at. Further, I can't see any way to tell MikTex to just get packages from an ordinary directory on the local machine. It seems to insist on getting them from a dir that it has set up as a repository, and attempts to do that get blocked, presumably because they involve it trying to connect to a net mirror.
Can anybody help me solve this problem?
Thank you very much.