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WAP54G Firmware 2.08 ***WARNING!!!***

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by jaydubb, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. jaydubb

    jaydubb Network Guru Member

    After weeks of headaches...

    The WAP54G does NOT work in repeater mode while running WPA encryption. Dont even TRY it.

    Even though the linksys website CLAIMS that it will work, it just plain doesnt...

    My configuration...

    1 BEFSX41
    2 WAP54G
    1 homebuilt PC (wired)
    2 Dell laptops (wireless)

    1. With BOTH AP's running the 2.08 firmware and WPA, no dice. The laptops can see them. But not at the same time. The laptops start dropping connections. If I unplug the AP in repeater mode, everything is fine. If I unplug the AP in AP mode, I can connect to the repeater, but no internet or home LAN (of course...)

    2. With BOTH AP's running the 2.08 firmware and either WEP 64-bit, WEP-128 bit, or NO ENCRYTION, everything is FINE! Smooth sailing!

    3. With BOTH AP's running the HyperWAP 1.0 firmware and WPA, SAME AS #1!

    4. With BOTH AP's running HyperWAP 1.0 and either WEP 64-bit, WEP 128-bit, or NO ENCRYPTION, SMOOTH SAILING (just like #2).

    I did started another thread concerning this issue. I originally purchased the 2nd AP on 8/15 (Ive had the first AP over 1 year). I took the AP that I purchased on 8/15 back and exchanged it on 8/22 thinking that MAYBE the AP was defective. Turns out that it wasnt.

    Check out this link from Linksys' website where they CLAIM that the WAP54G works in repeater mode when running WPA encryption...


    Then load your WAP54G with 2.08, go to the help section under SETTING>>AP MODE and notice where it says "Note: For all AP Client, Wireless Repeater, and Bridging modes, make sure the SSID, channel, and Security/WEP key settings are the same for all access points. WPA will not work with in AP Client, Wireless Repeater and Wireless Bridge modes."

    If I had known this, I wouldnt have spent almost 2 weeks trying to figure this crap out...
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    I have deleted the other posts as i class them as spam, i do find it strange since the 2.08 firmware has been out for sometime that no one has found this problem before.
  3. jaydubb

    jaydubb Network Guru Member

    So, no one has had this problem running 2.08 on 2 identical WAP54Gv2's? Hell I struggled with them and even returned one. I even went as far as to flip-flop their duties.

    I would like to find out who is running this firmware and a similar configuration. I want to see if they are having any problems. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.
  4. jaydubb

    jaydubb Network Guru Member


    I tried to set up my 2 WAP54G's again (one as an AP and one as a repeater) with WPA-PSK enabled. I used the 2.08 firmware. Again, Linksys CLEARLY STATES that this new firmware supports WPA-PSK in repeater mode!


    It STILL doesnt work. Im staying with the 2.07-based HyperWAP 1.0 and 128-bit WEP encryption. I hope Linksys fixes this soon!
  5. Avenger20

    Avenger20 Network Guru Member

    It works here with WPA-PSK (AES).

    But you'll have to :
    - Use channel 6 on both (bug : the repeater will always reset to channel 6)
    - Use G-only mode? If I'm correct...
  6. jaydubb

    jaydubb Network Guru Member

    Is this with the 2.07 (HyperWAP 1.0) or the 2.08 firmware?

    I did notice that the stupid thing kept switching back to channel 6...
  7. Avenger20

    Avenger20 Network Guru Member

    2.08 from linksys
  8. mrgr

    mrgr Network Guru Member

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