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WPC54G and Windows 2000 = no ip connectivity

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by lobo, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. lobo

    lobo Network Guru Member

    I recently bought a WPC54G wireless card for my IBM T30 laptop and after installing the software and then plugging in the adapter I noticed that it could not DHCP from my wireless router at home. The adapter shows that it can connect to the access point but it is not able to retrieve and get an IP address and everything else the DHCP server hands out. I tried manually hard coding an IP address on the adapter but it still didn't make any difference. I was not able to ping anything except my own IP address.

    Anyone have any ideas what may be going on? I've disabled any personal firewalls, turned off MAC address filtering on the router and I even tried my wife's WPC54GS card and even that won't DHCP or work with a hard coded IP. BTW, my SMC 802.11b card works fine and is able to DHCP with no issues at all.

    Thanks for any feedback.

    Lobo
     
  2. lobo

    lobo Network Guru Member

    A full week and no ideas?

    Lobo
     
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Do you have any type of encryption on? If you are using encryption on your router, are you using ASCII or hexadecimal keys and are the keys the same length. Linksys devices use hexadecmal keys and othe manfacturers give the option of using either. In addition, if you use a paraphase key generator on your router and it is not a Linksys router, it will not generate the same key as one on your WPC54G.
     
  4. markcs

    markcs Guest

  5. lobo

    lobo Network Guru Member

    Re: Drivers

    Markcs, thanks for the reply. Were you running Win2k as well? And when you say you went to the Broadcom utility I assume that you also had to use those specific drivers as well right?

    Lobo

    EDIT: I just installed the Broadcom drivers and utility and my Linksys card is working perfectly on my laptop now! Thank you so much for the tip! I can't wait to get into work on Monday to see if LEAP works with this card too.
     
  6. Mediamon

    Mediamon Network Guru Member

    Re: Drivers

    Does this Broadcom utility only work for linksys WPC54G version 1 (Broadcom chip) or does it also work with version 2 (TI) and/or version 4 (Inprocomm)?

    Same question for Linksys utility?

    Woody
     
  7. Mediamon

    Mediamon Network Guru Member

    Re: Drivers

    Lobo,

    Which Broadcom driver version did you install and which version of the WPC54G hardware do you have. I suspect version 1.

    Woody
     
  8. lobo

    lobo Network Guru Member

    Mediamon,

    I used the Broadcom drivers from this site:

    http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/hpcpqnk/us/locate/20_6019.html

    Just remember, those are Win2k drivers & utility and not XP if that's what you're looking for. I'm sure the XP ones are in there as well, you just have to search for them.

    As for the type of Linksys card I have, it's the WPC54GS and since there's no version number on it I assume it's 1 as I believe this is the first iteration of the card.

    To install the drivers all I did was run the executables from that site which ends up extracting them to their own directories. Don't let it continue with any setup just yet. I then popped in my wireless card and the hardware installer came up which asks you for the drivers. Click along until you get to the point to specify a location for you the drivers and then point it to the driver specific directory only and at the bcmwl5.inf file. Choose your type of card and then the drivers should be installed assuming your card is compatible. Reboot and then proceed to the directory where the utility was extracted to. From there I simply ran the setup.exe file to have the utility installed. Reboot and then things should be good...at least for me it was.

    Let us know if you have problems with it.

    Lobo
     
  9. Mediamon

    Mediamon Network Guru Member

    This leads to the point I was attempting to make. When recommending solutions it is VERY important to quote the version of hardware the solution applies to. Different clients versions have different chipsets which require different drivers.

    Your solution likely works for most Broadcom based 802.1g adapters. In regards to the Linksys WPC54G that would be versions 1 and 1.2.

    However version 2 has a TI chipset and version 4 has a Inprocomm chipset.

    The new (yet unannounced) V. 3 and v. 5 also have Broadcom chipsets (see FCC site).

    Woody
     
  10. Mediamon

    Mediamon Network Guru Member

    And now I see my confusion from your post. This thread was referring to the WPC54G, but you were referring yo the WPC54GS. Argh.
     
  11. lobo

    lobo Network Guru Member

    Ahhh yes Mediamon, I'm sorry about the confusion. At first, I started this topic off with the WPC54G wireless card but after reading a few threads I learned that since I had version 2 it was not going to work with the Broadcom drivers. As such, I took my wife's WPC54GS wireless and used the drivers on that card. I did this after learning that the WPC54GS card was indeed compatible. Sorry about the confusion again.

    Lobo
     

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