Question about Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G Router
I live in a 4-person apartment and we use a Linksys Wireless-G 2.4 GHz router. It's password protected and we run into the same problem a couple of times a year where our wireless just stops working. Right now I can "connect" to the network from my Mac, but I can't get online. Since none of us are very router savvy we end up calling the outsourced Linksys hotline and (I guess) reconfiguring our router...when really I feel like there's probably a much easier solution (i.e. pushing restart). I've been trying to mess around with the settings after opening 192.168.1.1 in my browser, but I don't know what half of the acronyms mean and just need a little help to fix the internet before my roommates go crazy!
Before you begin, please try to configure the WRT54G from a hardwired PC for simplicity. Whenever security is changed you’ll need to change the settings on all wireless units so it’s a good rule of thumb to do security changes from a hardwired PC if possible.
Accessing the Router
1. Go to your desktop and double click on Internet Explorer (Located on the Start Menu in Windows XP)
2. When "Internet Explorer" opens type the routers IP address into the "Address" bar and hit the [Enter] key (The Wireless routers default IP address is http://192.168.1.1)
3. The "Enter Network Password" window will appear.
4. Skip user name and type in your password (admin is the default password), and click OK
Setup Page Security Options
When you arrive at the Setup page, you'll see the bulk of your wireless security features. There are three things you're going to want to set on this page:
a) Delete linksys from the "SSID" field
b) Input your own unique SSID. We general recommend something easy to remember, but secure enough to where people would not be able to guess it easily. Sometimes your best bet is to use your last name and add some numbers, in this example we’re using linksys12345678910.
c) Click Apply then Continue
2. SSID Broadcast
SSID broadcasts allows other 802.11b and 802.11g users to see your Access Points SSID, by disabling this option is similar to closing your binds and not letting people see through. If you have Windows XP computer(s), do this step last.
a) Select Disable on the “SSID Broadcast”.
b) Click Apply then Continue
a) Set “Wireless Security” to Enable.
b) Click the Edit Security Settings button.
c) A window will appear prompting you “Do you want to enable the Security Encryption?” click OK.
d) When the "Security Settings" Window appears, set the “Security Mode” to WEP*. Then set the “WEP Encryption” to the 128 bits 26 hex digits option.
NOTE: 128 bit WEP may not work on non-Linksys products due to its lack of an IEEE standard
e) Enter a passphrase** that is different from the SSID. Try to make it alphanumeric; instead of just security, use security12345, then click the Generate button.
f) After the key has been generated copy the key into a notepad document and copy that file onto a floppy.
g) Click Apply then Continue
h) Close the window
i) Click Apply
Posted on Nov 13, 2008
If you're having Wireless connectivity problem, you can check the wireless settings especially the wireless security enabled in the router. To check the wireless settings in the router, you must access the router's setup page by launching IE from a computer that is "phyiscally" connected to the router, and typing 192.168.1.1. That is the default IP address of your router. Then, a window will pop up asking for a username and password. By default, there is no username. But the password is admin. Once you're in the setup page of the router, you will see the WIRELESS tab. Click on it. Check for the wireless network name configured in the router. Then, there is a sub tab under WIRELESS which is called, Wireless Security. Click that tab and you will find the wireless security enabled in your router. You will also find the network key that the wireless computers should have. In order to connect to the router.
In your Apple computer, open the wireless utility and check the available wireless network it can detect. You look for the wireless network name set in your router. Connect to that network and type the needed key.
Please update me with this and hope this helps you!
Posted on Nov 13, 2008
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Access the router's web-based setup page by opening a web browser. On the Address bar, enter your router's local IP address then press [Enter].
NOTE: The default IP Address of Linksys routers is "192.168.1.1". For instructions on accessing the web-based setup page using a Mac computer, click here.
When the login prompt appears, enter your router's Username and Password.
NOTE: The default password is "admin" and
the Username field is left blank. If you have set a password before
but forgot it, you need to reset the device. For instructions on how to
reset a Linksys router, click here.
On the Setup page, click the Wireless > Wireless Security.
NOTE: If some of the tabs are missing in the web-based setup page, upgrade the firmware of your router. For instructions, click here. You can also set the wireless security of your Linksys E-Series routers with Cisco Connect. To learn how, click here.
On the Wireless Security sub-tab, there are various wireless security options that you can choose from.
However, as mentioned earlier, the three most commonly used security modes are WEP, WPA Personal (or WPA Pre-Shared Key), and WPA2 Personal. The instructions below will show you how to set up the following security modes. On the other hand, the WPA2/WPA Enterprise Mixed Mode, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Enterprise, and RADIUS security modes will only work if the router is connected to a RADIUS server.
Setting-Up the Wireless Security
WEP can be a 64-bit key with 10 hexadecimal digits or a 128-bit key with 26
hexadecimal digits. This encryption will prevent other users from
connecting to your wireless network. It will also protect your wireless
transmissions from being accessed by other users.
NOTE: In case the screen on your router's web-based setup page looks different, click here.
On Security Mode, select WEP.
Under WEP Encryption, select 40 / 64-bit (10 hex digits) and enter a unique word in the Passphrase field.
NOTE: The 128-bit key uses a higher
level of encryption compared to the 64 bit WEP. It uses a 104 bit (26
Click the Generate button and copy the string of letters and numbers displayed in the space provided for Key 1. The Key 1 contains the wireless password.
NOTE: You can also create your own Wireless Password (Key 1) given that it is in hexadecimal format. The hexadecimal system consists of the characters 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,A,B,C,D,E, and F. You can only choose 10 characters (in any given order) from that set.
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a
Wi-Fi standard designed to improve the security features of WEP. WPA is
stronger than WEP encryption. PSK and PSK2, the two types of WPA, give
you a choice between two encryption methods: the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), which incorporates Message Integrity Code (MIC) to provide protection against hackers, and Advanced Encryption System (AES), which utilizes a symmetric 128-Bit block data encryption.
NOTE: For older versions of Linksys routers, WPA Personal is also referred to as WPA Pre-Shared Key. Refer to the image below for an example.
To set up WPA Personal on a Linksys router, follow the steps below:
On Security Mode, select WPA Personal.
NOTE: If you are unable to find the WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal in
the list of choices for the Security Mode then you might need to
upgrade the firmware of your router to its latest version. Upgrading
the firmware can fix the bugs of the previous version and update its
Enter your Passphrase.
NOTE: The Passphrase must consist of at least eight characters and is case-sensitive.
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