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Router only allowing 10mbps

I have had my linksys wrt54gs router for several years now but just recently upgraded to comcasts higher speed and cannot get anything above 10mbps. when i called linksys technical support they said i wasnt under warranty and that i would have to buy a $40 warranty for them to help me lol!!! how can i get my router to work properly?

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  • JenniferLMcE Feb 22, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem. Someone I spoke with told me that I may have some electrical interference. I am not sure how that is possible as nothing has changed inside my home. Unless it is an outside source I have no idea what interference it may be. My router is about the same age and I am thinking that I may just purcahse a new one.

  • George Day May 11, 2010

    How are you measuring your speed. I have the same questions as pbeck. Theoretically your wireless connection can be up to 54 mbps. If you are plugged in to your ethernet ports you should get 10 or 100 depending on your settings. These numbers represent the connection between your pc and your router. It does not have anything to do with your speed to Comcast,

  • pbeck May 11, 2010

    Are you talking about local network performance?
    Wired or wireless?
    Or is it the network speed from your ISP?
    Please provide as much information as possible.


  • Chuck May 11, 2010

    if you are familiar with i can help you...are you ok with going into the configuration pages of router.? email me sometimes its easier.

  • Chuck May 11, 2010

    did you ever go into the configuration utility with your web browser to configure the wireless parameters?



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The best and simple method to do is to do a hard reset of the router so that the factory default settings are put back.

If after that it still doesnt work check the QOS may be the port is set to use upto 10mbps only.

If not that then just upgrade to a firmware like tomato or dd-wrt they are very nice firmwares i personally use dd-wrt and its the best.

Posted on May 25, 2009


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How do i upgrade to78mb ?

Do you mean you are an Xfinity (Comcast) user?

Anyway, you might have some luck calling Comcast and asking them for a higher-bandwidth service, but really if you're connecting to your router over a wireless channel that will be your bottleneck since the 802.11g standard for wireless networking supports a maximum bandwidth of 54 Megabits per second (Mbps).

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I would suggest you to look into the user manual first it may solve your problem.
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How to Fix Blinking Power Light on Linksys routers......

If you have a blinking power light on the router try to turn off the router for about a minute then turn it back on again. If the power light is still blinking follow the steps below to troubleshoot the problem.
1.HARD RESET- Reset the device to factory default.
a.Press and hold the reset button for 30 sec., after that
b.Unplug the power keep holding down the reset button for another 30 sec.
c.Then, plug back the power keep holding down the reset button for 30sec., after that
d. Release the reset button.

Make sure that you have downloaded the correct firmware version for your router from the Linksys website at You would be able verify the exact version of your router from the sticker at the bottom portion of the router.

2. Connect your PC to port 1 of the router.
3. Assign a static IP to the PC:
To statically assign an IP address
Windows 2000 and XP:
1. Click start, choose Control Panel
2. Double click Network Connections
3. Right click Local Area connections then select properties
4. Select “Use the following IP address” then enter on the IP address type Subnet mask is then Default Gateway is
Windows 95, 98 and ME:
1. Click Start, choose Settings then Control Panel.
2. Double click network.
3. Highlight TCP/IP -> for your network adapter (Ex. TCP/IP->Linksys Etherfast 10/100 Network Adapter)
4. Click Properties
5. Select Specify an IP address then under IP address, type Subnet mask is then
6. Select on Gateway tab. On New Gateway type and click Add. Click OK all the way until it prompts you to reboot the computer.
7. Reboot PC.
4. Force the Ethernet card of the PC to 10Mbps
To force the Ethernet Card to 10 Mbps:
Windows 9x and ME:
Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel>Network > Highlight the LAN card you are using with a green icon beside it > Properties > Advance Tab:
-Under Properties set the value of:
“Media Type”; “Connection Type” or “Speed and Duplex Mode” to “10mbps/half-duplex”; “10BaseT” or “10Mbps HD”.
Windows XP and 2000:
Go to Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Right Click Local Area Network Connection that you are using > Properties > Configure > Advance Tab:
-Under Properties set the value of:
“Media Type”; “Connection Type” or “Speed and Duplex Mode” to “10mbps/half-duplex”; “10BaseT” or “10Mbps HD”.
5. Ping the router
a. On WinXP/2000:
Click Start > Run. On the Open field type cmd then hit OK. On the DOS prompt type ping
If it replies 4 times, proceed to the next step
b. On Win98/Me
Click Start > Run. On the Open field type command then hit OK. On the DOS prompt type ping
If it replies 4 times, proceed to the next step.
6. Proceed in upgrading the firmware of the router.
7. After upgrading the firmware, power down the router and then power it back up and see if the power light is now steady.
To upgrade the firmware follow the steps below:
Access the router’s Web Base Utility []> Administration TAB > Click on Firmware Upgrade > Click on Browse > Browse or look for the *.bin file > click on OPEN > Hit UPGRADE button. (Just wait for the message “You have successfully upgraded the firmware”) > Click on the Continue.
After upgrading the firmware try to turn off the router for about 30secs then turn it back on again. Hard reset the router then reconfigure it to work on the Internet.

Hope this procedure works for everyone......

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I need a simple set-up manual for model # WRT54GS router

Your Internet service provider is comcast cable company.
You need to open the setup page of the router and change the Internet connection settings manually.

Connect the computer to the router and modem to the router.
Open the setup page of the router using
Click on MAC address clone. Enable it and click save settings.
Power cycle the router and your main computer will be online.
Then you can change the wireless settings manually.

Click Linksys router setup steps

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WRT54GS may be more reliable router and you can continue to use it. Try power cycle first check cables! If no improvement you can reset! that will bring it factory default!
Other important matter is check the firmware upgrading firmware is a good solution for these kind of problems!
Currently available routers are much better if you are willing to get a new router N router is the way to go! They wider area coverage and faster network speeds!
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