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looking for WRE54G firmware version 2

Discussion in 'Linksys Official Firmware' started by JonAlthoff, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. JonAlthoff

    JonAlthoff Network Guru Member

    I called Linksys support Friday at around 6pm. Was informed I would be emailed firmware version 2. Now at almost 11:30am on Monday I have nothing. Anyone have access to this firmware version?

    1.04 I think was the shipped firmware in 4 of these I have seen. 1.04.17 was the beta firmware from earlier that has been released as of Jan 2005. I don't think it works well either.

    Thanks,
    Jon
     
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    I would wait until Wednesday. It usually takes a day or two for Linksys to send firmware by email and they do not send firmware on weekends. Do you know what are the changes in firmware version 2.0? Does it support WPA2?
     
  3. JonAlthoff

    JonAlthoff Network Guru Member

    Actually I don't think there is a firmware 2.0. The first tech I spoke with said something and was very difficult to understand. I called back yesterday and no one knew what I was talking about. Luckily I had the tech's ID. I have another case number and am awaiting an email with beta firmware. They told me 3-4 hours and by 6pm nothing again. I just checked and have another email from Linksys saying the email server was down yesterday. I am not sure if or when I may receive anything.

    I originally installed 2 WRE54G's maybe 6 months ago. I now have 2 more a couple techs were trying or getting ready to install and I took them to check/test them. Both had firmware 1.04 and I updated them both to 1.04.17. I still cannot get either of them to connect to my WRT54G in the shop. All setting should be good. 10.27.27.X for my subnet. WPA TKIP and my WLAN mac address is entered. I just re-loaded the Linksys Wireless Config utility to test some more.
     
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If you are using WPA-PSK, make certain you enabled SS-ID broadcast.
     
  5. JonAlthoff

    JonAlthoff Network Guru Member

    SSID enabled on all 3 devices. What I cannot remember and am planning on calling in again soon is the Channel settings. I think at some point someone told me the 3 devices should have different channels. I cannot remember. I guess thinking about it it does not make sense to do that. I would think they all need to communicate on the same channel.
     
  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The channel setting is automatic. You enter the SS-ID and the MAC address of your Access Point. You have to use the MAC address of the wireless portion of your WRT54G, that address is displayed on the Wireless Status screen. Actually the SS-ID of the WRT54G can be different, which is used to differentiate, to whom a client is connceting to the Access Point or the repeater.
     
  7. JonAlthoff

    JonAlthoff Network Guru Member

    Jon's notes for setting up WRE54G to work with a WRT54G.

    It does not seem to support WPA TKIP or AES. I had too much trouble getting these to work.

    Configure WRT54G for WEP or no encryption.

    Configure your IP address for your wireless card to 192.168.1.X anything but 192.168.1.240. That is the default for the WRE54G. Also set sub-net to 255.255.255.0

    Connect to the new wireless network that should appear when plugging in the WRE54G.

    I would then change the IP address to match your current network. Most WRT54G's are 192.168.1.1 so 192.168.1.240 should be fine. Enter your Gateway IP address for the WRT54G on the WRE54G. Enter the wireless MAC address for the WRT54G on the WRE54G Access Point MAC address line. Save settings.

    Reconnect to WRE54G with static IP address (if changed). Click on Edit Security Settings and set for WEP if needed. I would of course recommend WEP over none since I cannot use WPA. I suppose we should also be using MAC address filtering. I would enable this as well on the WRT54G and set for enable only these devices and enter the MAC address of the WRE54G and any wireless computers attached to it.

    I just enabled MAC filtering and it does not work properly. It works with the 2 laptops I am testing. With either with the MAC address in the tabke it works as it's supposed to and removing the MAC address for the laptops it works as supposed to preventing access. I have to enter the MAC address for each WRE54G for them to connect. ANY computer connecting to the WRE54G with the right encryption works reguardless of the settings in MAC address filtering on the WRT54G. THERE ARE NO MAC FILTERING SETTINGS ON THE WRE54G. The MAC address needs to be added to the WRT54G for the laptops to connect to it even though they can connect to the WRE54G's without reguard to the MAC filtering on the WRT54G.

    This will probably conclude my second wasted attempt to use these. Since I know WEP is hackable and the MAC filtering does not work I see no reason to use these. If I could get WPA to work I would try using them. Since MAC address filtering does not see to work sooner or later someone could hack into the network.

    Oh and I did speak to another Linksys on a Tech to Tech call. There is no later firmware for these units.

    Jon
     
  8. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WRE54G does work with WPA/PSK but not WPA2. You must have a firmware version greater than or equal to 1.04.11. I would set the encryption on the WRE54G first and save the setting. Then set the encryption on the router and save the setting, as I stated before SS-ID broadcast must be enabled or the WRE54G will not pick up the router.

    MAC Address filtering does not work on a repeater, since the repeater recieves the packets and sends the packets with its own MAC address. This is documented on the Linksys KnowledgeBase. The MAC address of the repeater must be included in the list of PCs allowed to access the router wirelessly as you noted. MAC address filtering does not add to the security since the MAC address of a device is sent in plain text.
     

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