WRT54G and WUSB54G Setup problems

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by cantgoback, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. cantgoback

    cantgoback Guest

    If anyone can please help, I will be most grateful.

    Trying to set up a Linksys WRT54G broadband router attached to a WinME desktop PC with an Ntl broadband modem, with a shared internet connection on a Laptop running win XP with a WUSB54G adapter.

    I have set up the network the following way:

    WRT54G connected to PC via ethernet cable/adapter;
    Modem connected to WRT54G via ethernet cable (in internet port);
    Modem connected to PC via USB cable.

    Laptop connected to WUSB54G via USB.

    I ran setup on the PC using install disk, it kept on asking me to reboot the Pc after ensuring that the IP settings were set automatically, but whenever the Pc rebooted, the setup disk returned to this point. I was in a constant loop!

    Anyway, the connection to the laptop was excellent, almost 11mbps. I could not access the internet on the laptop at all.

    Could someone please tell me what could be wrong? Is the setup of the WRT54G correct? Could I get away with connecting the WRT54G directly to the modem without connecting to the LAN card in the PC?

    Many thanks
  2. howser

    howser Network Guru Member

    You should be able to hook the modem directly to the WRT54G. It would look like this:

    Modem---WIRE----WRT54G----WIRELESS----WUSB54G[Laptop]. There is a potential problem in that the WRT54G might not get an address if your internet provider ties the IP to the mac address. If that's the case then you can either unplug your modem overnight to let it timeout, or call your provider. I'm assuming the the modem has an ethernet port as well? If not, then you'll want to look into bridging your connection (there's a wizard to do this in Windows.)
  3. curly

    curly Network Guru Member

    Would there be a reason you would want to connect your PC to the Modem via USB in addition to the WRT connected to the ethernet port of the Modem? The only reason I could even consider is if the PC doesnt have a NIC. I would recommend putting the PC behind the WRT along with the Laptop regardless if the PC is wired or wireless as mentioned by the previous reply. If there is a problem with the modem and the PC's MAC address the WRT will allow you to clone the PC's MAC address in place of the WRT so that a reset of the Modem isnt necessary. One big advantage of putting the PC behind the WRT is the protection the WRT offers. However little is better then being bare to the internet.

    Happy networking.

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