I've used this router for one year, and up until this week when I room mate was unable to log on to the wireless.
I uninstalled the Linksys software and use the CD I got with the router. The system was unable to detect the ethern net cable and as a result unable to connect to router.
I have access to internet via my cable.
Would like some assistance in getting the software need to conncet the router to my lap top and then my roommates wireless PC
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Re: WRT54G, unable to install router
Since you have Internet connectivity through the router using a direct connection to the router, then you just need to access the router's setup page and re-configure wireless.
But first, check if the wireless light is on in the router.
Then, using a computer that is wired to the router, launch IE and type 192.168.1.1 on the address field.
It will then ask for the password. By default it is admin. Just click ok and it will lead you to the setup page of the router.
Then, on the menu click Wireless. Look for wireless network name or SSID. That is the name of your wireless network. By default it is set to "linksys". You may change it to a uniqune name and then save the settings.
Then, if you want to enable security in your Wireless network, click on Wireless Security.
Set security mode to WPA Personal and create your network key. It should be atleast 8 characters.
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connected to wireless router with excellent signal may not means you are connected to internet. make sure your modem provided by internet service provider has signal! connect your computer to modem directly bypassing router. If you are online that means your internet is functional. Then connect modem to your Linksys router and use your wireless to log on to internet. Your router wireless signal active and excellent means you are connected to router not necessarily the internet. The modem supplied by your internet service provider with active internet should be connected to you router on WAN port! good luck!!
Open your internet browser and type http://192.168.1.1 in the address bar. This is the default IP address of the browser.
In the login box that appears type 'admin' (without quotes) in both fields. 'admin' is the default username and password.
Write down the SSID
In the Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings menu you will see the Service Set Identifier or SSID. The SSID differentiates one wireless network from another. It is the 'network name'. Write it down, or copy paste it to a text file. You will need it later. You can first set your own SSID if you like.
In the Linksys WRT54G router you will find the wireless security options under Wireless > Wireless Security. This page allows you to set wireless encryption options. 'WRT54G here you will find you wireless key. this can only be done by a machine connected directly by network wire. make sure you are connected first. wireless is unable to connect unless it is directly connected.
If the old pc is using a wireless connection, the signal of the router is not enough to reach the room. If it is wired, the recommended length of the cable is 15 ft. If it is wireless check if there is a wireless adapter installed in the old pc you will need one to connect.