WAG54G-DE and very low Signal Strength

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by VivaBorussia, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. VivaBorussia

    VivaBorussia Network Guru Member

    Hi @all

    First of all sorry for my english...

    Anyway, i've bought a WAG54G-DE (Germany) and a D-Link DWL-G650 Notebook Adapter.

    My Desktop PC is connected via network cable on port 1. Internet access is working very well but i have my problems with the notebook.

    The signal strength is something between 16-25% on the notebook and most of the time i cant access the internet from the notebook.

    so i have bought a indor antenna from d-link (DWL-M60AT)

    After i saw that the WAG54G has no removable Antenna the day was perfect for me :)

    So, what can i do now? I really like the WAG54G and i would not like to bring it back. I had D-Link router before and i also had lots of problems with them. I really like the integrated DSL Modem and that was the point why i choosed the linksys

    Can i change the antenna when i open the WAG54G or isnt that possible?

    Any help is really appreciate
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    The DWL-M60AT is a very good anntenna thug i use it on a pci card, as transmitions to one pc though a solid brick fireplace to downstairs gves me really bad reception. thought he DWL-M60AT boosted this.

    the WAG54G has has numerous reports of poor signal levels.

    the internal pics are here:


    at present no known OS from the WAG and unless you can add different anntenna (maybe a wrt54g antenna as the antenna connection to the board looks the same.

    here are somet things you might want to try.

    Use channel 1 6 or 11 first of all (11 being prefered)

    if your wireless devices are all G then if possible set your router to G only. if not set Wireless to B only (inless u have B and G devices)

    Beacon Interval can also be lowered to say 50 and may help The default value is 100. Enter a value between 1 and 65,535 milliseconds. The Beacon Interval value indicates the frequency interval of the beacon. A beacon is a packet broadcast by the Router to synchronize the wireless network

    Also try WEP security instead of WPA as signal strength seems to be reduced in WPA.

    what firmware is in your WAG54G ?
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    PS also try this.

    Adjusting the "Fragmentation Threshold" can help association problems try setting Fragmentation Threshold to 2304


    Adjusting the "RTS Threshold" can help alleviate Packet loss try setting
    RTS Threshold to 2304
  4. VivaBorussia

    VivaBorussia Network Guru Member

    Hi Toxic,

    first of all i want to thank you for trying to help me!

    Lets see what settings i have actually...

    Fragmentation Threshold and RTS Threshold was set to 2346 before on my Notebook Card (D-Link DWL-G650)

    I have set it now to 2304 on both, networkcard and router

    Right now im using Channel 11. Do you think i should try 1 or 6?

    Wireless Network Mode is set to 802.11g on both, router and notebook adaptor

    I have also lowered the Beacon Interval to 50 (was set to 100)

    I have firmware version 1.02.1 installed.

    What i have not set is the WEP security because i have no clue what i have to do with that (network newbie)

    I got also the problem, that when i lost the connection to the gateway, i cant get the connection fixed. i have to reboot my notebook to get back the signal.

    Do you think i can open the Gateway to get the DWL-M60AT Antenna connected in any way? I dont want to fuck up the router.

    I really appreciate you help and if you need any other information, please let me know.

    Thank you
  5. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    you could try 1.02.3

    AnnexA = ftp://ftp.linksys.com/international/firmware/WAG54G_AnnexA_ETSI_v1.02.3_02_code.bin

    AnnexB = http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/downloads/linksys/WAG54G_AnnexB_ETSI_v1.02.3_02_code.bin

    it does take you to try the different channels. 1 6 and 11 are better than the rest.

    WEP and WPA are security features for your wireless network thye stop or try to stop people close buy hacking into your wireless network and stealing bandwidth.

    What OS are you using? WinXP? if so upgrade to SP2 as it does handle the wireless better.

    as to oepning the box. most boxes are easy too open but i dont honestly know if you could attach the anntenna or not.
  6. VivaBorussia

    VivaBorussia Network Guru Member


    ok, i managed to open the WAG54G and i also managed to get the DWL-M60AT plugged on to the Antenna Connector. The bad is, that it doesnt bring any performance boost to the signal strength.

    The Signal is much better but only when i bring the notebook in visible contact with the desktop-pc

    I now have to chance to bring the WAG54G back to my dealer and he would also change the router to a other model

    He recommends the D-Link DI-624 mit 108Mbps but i dont really like products from D-Link.

    I can also get the WRT54G or WRT54GS in exchange.

    What do you guys recommend now? Should i take the D-Link or should i get the Linksys? I guess you recommend the Linksys :)

    I dont care any longer if there is an integrated DSL Modem or not.

    If so, what kind of Model? G or GS?

    Someone on a other forum told me, that it is possible to install a hacked firmware for very good performance.

    Im lookinf forward to you reply

    Thank you
  7. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    well if you go down the wrt54gs road you will still need a adsl modem.

    if you have the option of wrt54g and wrt54gs then go for the GS model.

    if you need a adsl router then maybe you might need to go for a different make. though please check up on the make and model you may go for before buying it.
  8. VivaBorussia

    VivaBorussia Network Guru Member

    i still have separate DSL modem here so i dont need to buy it.

    im very confused now what i should buy :(
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