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wrt54gl CD and setup

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by rbroome, May 9, 2006.

  1. rbroome

    rbroome LI Guru Member

    I must admit I am frustrated with Linksys routers and mods to same.
    I bought a WRV54G and am not satisfied with it's reliability. Works most of the time, but needs power cycling, sometimes several times a day, to stay operational. So, I checked here and decided I needed a plain WRT54G router that I could mod and work with. Went to Best Buy (I am in the states)-and can only purchase a ver. 5 router. Found a GRT54GL online. It finally arrived. First thing I found is that it is festooned with stickers saying RUN CD FIRST before connecting cables. WTF? What good does that do?

    My biggest problem is that I don't have a PC to run this CD on. I use Macs at my house. I brought a PC home from work, but I am not the administrator and the CD won't do anything. I can get a PC and admin privileges, but it is a pain and I don't want to go to the trouble unless necessary.

    What is the point of the CD? Is it really necessary to run the CD before I connect the router up to the computer? Will I have to locate a PC with a wireless card and an admin account before I can even turn my router on? Why can't I just turn on my router, connect up with my browser and set up the router that way?

    My plan is to have a router that I can flash improved firmware onto and potentially gain better reliability or at least see better what the problems are. But this process is turning into much more trouble than I expected.

    Thanks in advance
  2. rbroome

    rbroome LI Guru Member

    CD needed?


    in the hope someone will be able to help with what the CD does.

  3. swinn

    swinn Network Guru Member

    You don't need to run the CD. Just plug everything in and access the configuration utility at with no username and password 'admin'.
  4. rbroome

    rbroome LI Guru Member

    I finally got a PC and ran the CD. As you pointed out, it is useless. I guess Linksys has to build things for the general public, but that was pretty useless.

    I am running the GL router now and everything seems fine.

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