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lost setup CD

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by FunkLord, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. FunkLord

    FunkLord Network Guru Member

    ..for my WRT54G v.3

    I tried hooking up this router and entering the data manually, but I think I'm doing something wrong because I can't get an internet connection through a hard line or wireless. Can somebody help me and tell me what to do?
  2. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    your going to need to be more specific... what kind of internet connection, what settings have you entered....
    what error are you getting?>
  3. FunkLord

    FunkLord Network Guru Member

    I have a cable connection. I tried entering the IP in the static IP connection mode, but that didn't work. I guess I just need a guide on how to set up a router manually, without the linksys setup CD.
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You can get the setup wizard at the Linksys support download site. For cable connections, you may have to clone the MAC address of your PC's NIC. In addition turn off the cable modem, the router and computer. Have them all wired up and wait for the cable company DHCP lease for your cable modem to expire and power up the cable modem, router and comp[uter in that order. Is your cable company giving you a static IP Address? If not, you should set the router as a DHCP client. Some cable modems have a DHCP server built in. If the is the case, you should disable the DHCP server on your router. Go to the cable modem manufactures website and get some information on the modem. My Motorola modem has a DHCP server built in.
  5. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Most of the time, the factory default settings of the router should work. These enable the router to get an IP address automatically from your Cable modem. This will be the very first setting on the main setup page, which should be set to "Obtain IP Address Automatically" or "Automatic Configuration - DHCP". The verbiage will change a little depending on your firmware, but "Automatic" is the key word here. ;)

    The first step is to unplug power from your cable modem and leave it down for a good 60 seconds. That way, the Cable company sees that the modem is down, and when it comes back up some cable companies will allow a new device (new MAC address) to register with the cable modem. If you haven't restarted your cable modem, there's very little chance it will recognize the new MAC address of your router, and it won't give you an IP address.

    With a few cable companies, you actually have to call them with the new MAC address, use some special online tool to reset your MAC address, or tell the router to "spoof" a MAC address from whatever device you used to have that worked. This is pretty rare, thankfully.
  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    It took me about two hours before my cable companys modem, when I switched from a WRT54GX v1.0 to a WRT54GX4 v1.0. The Linksys router have a MAC address clone feature.
  7. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    Do nothing manually!!! Turn off modem, router, PC.


    modem >CAT5 cable> WAN port of router, then plug:

    LAN port of router >CAT 5 cable> PC LAN port.

    Switch on router, wait 10 secs; ditto modem - then switch on PC.

    This should all work fine. If it doesn't. Open up web browser, go to and access the router main pages; make sure DHCP is enabled.

    You should NOT have to mess around with MAC address cloning (certainly not in the UK).
  8. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Who is you ISP(i.e. Internet Service Porvider)? If you can identify them, we can give you more specific information on setup.
  9. FunkLord

    FunkLord Network Guru Member


    wow. you guys know a lot. with the information you provided I managed to get it done. thanks a lot!!

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