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Thw weirdest problem with a Linksys WRT54GS

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Anonymous, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Hi guys I'm really hoping you can help me

    I just bought a Linksys WRT54GS and a WUSB54GS as a bundle

    I installed them and they worked without any encryption although I did notice something odd (more about this later), however I then decided to install the latest drivers for the WUSB54GS and use the Singlebuttonsetup and I can't get it to work. The adaptor can see the router but can't obtain an IP and I can't get into setup without the IP.

    So I am back on an unsecured network trying to sort this out.

    Whist looking at the wireless network monitor I notice something odd, there seem to be two routers found, both linksys, one called linksys and one called linisys. So I thought ahhhh I've stumbled over someone elses network, but it would appear not. There is only one digit between the two MAC addresses. To check I changed the SSID of the router and low and behold I still have two routers with slightly different names, one with WEP and one with PSK :eek:, here are the screen shots I took.

    http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/9327/d48do.jpg
    http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/8421/d64rr.jpg

    The monitor switches randomly between the two even when I can get a connection it still flutuates between the two in the link information screen.

    To cap this I seem to be getting random drops in throughput droping as low as 1Mb whilst the monitor still reports a good link and signal. I'm tearing my hair out.

    I'm going to add a WEP key just to try to give me some security but I'd like it all to work as it should. Can anyone help me?

    MB
     
  2. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    Did you set all this up using a wired connection?
     
  3. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    I think you and a neighbor just ended up with similar MAC addresses, most likely.

    I'd change your SSID to something very different and see what happens.
     
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I did when I started out but haven't since I've been accessing the panel via the IP through my PC

    MB
     
  5. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I thought this but it definately isn't the case. Even when I used the autosetup it assigned two new names (the ones in the screen caps) almost identical but slightly different and again with the MACs one digit apart. Something just isn't quite right

    MB
     
  6. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Theres something else odd too

    The icons for the routers are slightly different

    look

    [​IMG]

    MB
     
  7. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Hmm. I know jack about SES, but maybe somehow the router temporarily has two separate access points to get that complete, and one of them never shut down?

    Maybe a factory reset, followed by changing the SSID manually?
     
  8. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Heres what happened after I changed the SSID

    [​IMG]

    MB
     
  9. dvaskelis

    dvaskelis Network Guru Member

    I've seen this a couple years ago with a USB WiFi adapter, but then switched to a PC Card and never saw it again.

    I think it only happened when SSID broadcast was disabled. If it's disabled, can you enable it?
     
  10. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    it could be that ur neighbor is playing a sick joke on u.........

    BTW the WRT54G has the function in the brodcom chip to do this....i mean to setup different ssid and have one ssid have wep and another ssid doing wpa, all from one router......i think it will be in dd-wrtv24...the sreen shots r on dd-wrt.com i think.
     
  11. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Well I've been on to tech support and they don't believe me and I've flashed the router to the latest Tibor firmware and put the latest Linksys drivers on for the USB thing but it's still doing it.

    I'm quite stunned that it works but it seems to. If anyone has any ideas I'd be please to hear them

    MB
     
  12. MattLL

    MattLL Network Guru Member

    Get rid of the WUSB54GS network adapter and try something else if you can.........

    I had a huge problem with my WUSB adapter so I switched to a PCI adapter. Much Improvment.
     
  13. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    I read a post about this dual SSID in alt . internet . wireless but can't for the life of me remember what teh solution was; I think the problem lay with WZC in Windows, and using the Linksys adaptor controller software. Disable WZC...
     

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