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Cannot find wireless tab on Linksys router setup page

In trying to make my wireless network secure ( in which no one can access without the passphrase) I followed the steps on the linksys router setup page after logging in with "admin"- however, inadvertenly something went wrong ( I must have reset the security by accident) and now each time I try to initiate setup again, after logging in with "admin" to the linksys setup page, it does not bring me to the option tab that says "wireless." There are no options that indicate any wireless options/ settings. I must have somehow disabled the ssid broadcast. I need that wireless tab back. Also, I tried connecting hard wired and this does not work either! So, I ended up having to reset the router and now no networks are displayed in network connections. Then, as a last resort I had to disconnect the router and plug directly into the modem in order to get connected at all. I am in desperate need of some assistance!

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Hi...this is an unusual problem.

Is your model the BEFSR41W? Linksys describe this as a 'wireless ready router', and it seems to require a PCMCIA card to be inserted in the back of the router, to enable wireless connectivity.

I'm just wondering if the router lost communication with the card, causing your wireless options to disappear?

However, first things first. As you have (correctly) reset the router, all your settings have been cleared, including ISP information (hence the internet connection is lost). Your first priority is to set up your router again, and the Linksys website has a downloadable manual, quick install guide and tips which will help with this.

When you are up and running - and assuming I have the right model - try removing and re-inserting the PCMCIA card at the back of the router, and see if the router re-detects it. If successful, this should bring back your wireless options.

I hope this helps, but please post again on Fixya if not. It does seem odd to have lost the wired connection before the reset.
Good luck. :)

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Me too

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