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Help with WRT54G and iMac.

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Fletch521@charter.net, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. Fletch521@charter.net

    Fletch521@charter.net LI Guru Member

    I'm new to the forum and have been spending the last few days reading post but what I think is needed is for someone to take me by the hand and walk me through tho whole process of setting up my system.

    I have a WRT54G (CDF70E1K1922) and use a iMac that I want to connect with the ethernet cable to the WRT54. A PC will be connected via a Wireless-G card so both computers can use the cable modem (Charter).

    The iMac, WRT54G and cable modem are in the same room.

    I do not have any software or instructions for the WRT54G.
  2. Fletch521@charter.net

    Fletch521@charter.net LI Guru Member

    :wall: Anyone?
  3. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    What is it you wan't to know? If you simply want to know how to connect your iMac then just plug the cable into to the ethernet port on the Mac and it will handle the rest.
  4. Fletch521@charter.net

    Fletch521@charter.net LI Guru Member

    How to connect the WRT54G to the internet would be the first thing I'd like to know.

    I have a WRT54G with no box, no instructions and no CD. All the information I've been able to download comes as .exe files that I can't open.
  5. pablito

    pablito Network Guru Member

    The WRT is pretty straight forward and one of the most documented (3rd party info) devices on the net. Ignore all the .exe stuff and go with the web interface and PDF manuals if you want them. You don't need a CD or any Windopes apps (I don't run Win either). If you are comfortable with a command line you can do Linuxy tricks from the CLI. Stick with the web interface and you'll be online quickly. http://{IP of your default gateway/ login (default is password admin, change it)

    Connecting to the internet is easy. Assuming that you have the LAN side setup since you are looking at the web interface, you would simply setup the WAN config to whatever your internet requires. A cable modem is dead simple, plug and play (DHCP), a DSL typically needs some login information exactly as you would do with a machine directly connected to the net.
  6. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    In short, you should reset the router to factory defaults (I assume it was used by someone else). Hold the reset button in for 30 seconds using a pen/pencil at the back of the router.
    Run a cat5 cable from the modem into the WAN port on the back of the WRT54G. Run another cat5 cable from the router (LAN port 1,2, 3 or 4 doesn't matter) and plug it into the ethernet port on you iMac. The Mac should automatically obtain an IP address from the router (192.168.1.x assuming it was reset). Now open the Linksys User Guide and skip to chapter 6 and you should be able to manage how to set the WRT54G from there.

    Linksys User Guide Adobe PDF

    Once you are comfortable enough, you can also download the latest firmware and upgrade it following Appendix C Firmware 4.30.5 Zip file

    Its a shame Linksys doesn't seem to want to invest the effort for Mac users.
  7. Fletch521@charter.net

    Fletch521@charter.net LI Guru Member

    Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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