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WRT54G Wireless keeps dropping connection

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by owenfam, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. owenfam

    owenfam LI Guru Member

    Just bought a new WRT54G v. 6 at Linksys request because my old WAP54G appears to be "bricked". I thought it was time to start fresh. The wired network in my home through the WRT54G works great, but when I try to connect my laptop (which works great on every other wireless neetwork in the world), Windows XP connects to the wireless and even routes me through to my modem for a few minutes (the whole time with Windows network status showing I am "Not Connected"). Then, a few minutes later, the whole wireless connection to the network is dropped and I have to search out the SSID and reconnect for a few more minutes, etc, etc. I have spent hours on Live Chat with Linksys to no avail. Can anyone please help with this brand new product with the latest Linksys firmware from their website? - Signed, Very, Very Frustrated!
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    The short answer: return the v6 ASAP and get a WRT54GL.
    The long one: Start looking at your adapter's driver. Delete any already defined networks from your adapter's "Properties > Wireless Networks", and retry, especially if you use the same SSID on your WRT that you used before on your WAP.
    Set your router to "no security" and try, then gradually increase security.
  3. owenfam

    owenfam LI Guru Member

    Is the WRT54G without the L bad?

    What is wrong with the product! Do they really sell something that just inherently will not work? Thanks for the help.
  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Search this site for V5 WRT54G (V5 and V6 are basically the same). It will work, it just has a few inherent drawbacks you can do without.
  5. owenfam

    owenfam LI Guru Member

    Thanks lots and lots...

    Well HennieM, you were spot on accurate in your diagnosis, thank you so much. I fought and fought with this issue (and linksys tech support people) for two nights to no avail. I send you a post, and of course tried your long answer (which by the way was very short) and the whole thing works perfectly as originally expected. All that's left is adding in the security gradually, but I think I will just let it work open for a time and enjoy it. My neighbors are quite a distance away. Thanks again.
  6. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Glad you got sorted.
  7. seraphtide

    seraphtide Guest

    I've been having the same problem as the topic creator, but clearing the previously defined networks doesn't help. Does anyone have any idea how to fix this? I've tried messing with a lot of the router's settings, but I'm still losing my signal every 10-15 minutes. FRUSTRATING!
  8. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Better to fiddle with your wireless adapter's (card) settings - a WRT usually does not have issues. One thing that could screw around is WMM. Can't remember if stock firmware has this option (and assuming you have stock firmware on your WRT), but turn off WMM on the WRT and the adapter if you can. If your problem persists, reset the WRT to all defaults, and fiddle with your adapter's settings.

    It might help if you post what adapter you are using, and also the OS, driver and version. Forum members could perhaps help with settings, etc.

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