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Win98, Linksys USB Adapter, 2wire router... no internet

I have a 2wire router which provides wireless access to my wife's G4 laptop. I have an old Win98 machine in the basement, with a Linksys USB Wireless-G Adapter. The Linksys application finds the 2wire router, but can not get to the internet.

How do I trouble shoot this? Do I need a 2wire driver in addition to the Linksys driver? Is there some way of logging into the router using a local IP via Internet Explorer? ex: or something...?

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  • mlganser3 Apr 16, 2008

    Update: I found the router IP ( which I access from the browser on the Mac G4, but I cannot open from the Win98 box. (The Wireless Adapter says 'connected', with very different IP's) Next steps?

  • mlganser3 Apr 21, 2008

    What the hell, does nobody post to this site? Or is this just a front to sell the "Premium Assistance Plan"?

  • mlganser3 May 06, 2008

    Thanks so far for the responses.
    One Piece: Infra mode, DHCP enabled, obtain IP auto enabled all OK.

    I am able to connect to the router via the linksys application.

    Serra Baby: IP addr of W98: (sbnt mask
    Distance to router approx 25 feet, one wall. Signal strength @ W98 = 45 - 53%
    WEP security is enabled on router and @ W98 machine, functioning OK
    I have not tried assigning static IP addr. What would I enter as the IP addr?

    My G4 is online wirelessly, from which I can access the 2wire:
    2wire IP addr =
    sbnt mask =

    DHCP range = thru 254
    Broadband Network: /

    Primary DNS:

    Secondary DNS:
    I find it odd that the IP addr and sbnt msk on the W98 are so far out of whack, although DHCP is enabled , set to obtain IP automatically.

    I have not ever connected the w98 to the 2wire via ethernet. I assumed I wouldn't have to, since any laptop can get in without doing so. I will try that today and report back on the result.

  • mlganser3 May 06, 2008

    Update: via ethernet, works just fine, able to access internet on w98/2Wire. Assigned IP

    Shut down, remove ethernet, insert USB Linksys adapter, restart. No internet. Same as before.

    Opened Linksys application, profiles tab, clicked edit. Entered all data as above (IP...67, all else as in prior post). No internet.


  • Anonymous May 14, 2008

    I have Win2000 and Linksys USB wireless adapter. The wireless adapter says that I am connected to the router. I could not access the internet. Then I decided to install the 2wire modem to the pc that has the wireless adapter and it worked - for one day. Then it didn't recognize the 2wire. The 2wire and Linksys router is located on another pc and works just fine. Also have a laptop that connects to the internet wireless just fine. What is going on with the pc with the wireless adapter - why won't it recognize the 2wire and internet? Thanks for your help!

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    I have a problem where my Win98SE PC can surf the Internet via normal wired connection, but when I use wireless usb adapter my PC detects the hardware and it appear on taskbar.  Yet, the icon on taskbar give this error "WL230USB-L USB Wireless Adapter Not exist".

    But it does exist and in Control Panel | System under Network Adapters, my hardware is detected.

  • serra baby
    serra baby May 11, 2010


    -- what is the ip address of the 98 computer?

    -- how far is it from the router?

    -- have you tried changing channels on the router?

    -- have you also tried enabling wireless security on the router and on the wireless pc?

    -- have you tried assigning static ip address on the 98 pc?



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try to uninstall/remove the old driver and reinstal the latest driver of your linksys usb adapter. you can download it from the linksys website.

check again if you can get a wireless connection from the router to your 98pc. if not try to change the wireless channel of the 2wire to channel 1 and configure the wireless security again using the linksys usb wireless utility

if you still cant get a connection try to manually assign this ip address on the 98pc then check connection afterward.

IP add:
subnet mask:
dns: dns number of the 2wire router

if you still cant get a connection after this try to install the wireless usb adapter to a diff computer to further isolate the problem.

Posted on May 08, 2008

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sorry if it took a while to get an answer to your question...

anyway, let's begin by ensuring that you have completed installing the drivers & software of your wireless adapter.

launch the linksys wireless program by clicking on the icon for the linksys on the system tray or generally, this can also be launched from the programs menu after clicking on the windows start button.

on the main screen for the linksys, there are 3 tabs: link information, site survey & profiles. select the profiles tab

on the profiles screen, click on the new button to create a new profile. name the profile with a customized ID & click ok.

under choose a net type, select infrastructure mode. enter the SSID (this is your customized ID created on the new profile) & click next.

under network setting select obtain an IP address automatically (DHCP) & click on next.

under security settings choose "disabled" for WEP and leave the rest of the fields blank.

confirm the settings by clicking on yes.

note: you don't need a driver for your 2wire router, ensuring that the 2wire is already working with the ethernet connection.
also make sure you are able to see your devices on the mdc page, go to homeportal/management, local network> device list.

i assume that the mac g4 is able to connect wirelessly to this 2wire modem, am i correct?

please let me know if you have any issues... we'll work this one out, ok?

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