Any way to overcome wireless roaming issues with WAG54G V1.2

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by Mister_H, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. Mister_H

    Mister_H Network Guru Member

    Hi, new to this forum so apologies if covered elsewhere.

    I've been using my WAG54G V1.2 successfully for both wired and wireless connection for the past year. One fixed PC (wired) and one notebook (usually wireless but sometimes wired). Reading these forums, it seems I've been lucky :)

    Decided to get an additional AP (WAP54G - wired to the WAG54G) to cover a blackspot but this causes major wireless problems. In most of the house both APs are "visible", but my notebook is prone to select the one with the worst signal. Sometimes it will show that it is connected (and have IP address assigned by DHCP on WAG54G) but cannot resolve any internet addresses (even though it shows correct DNS). Sometimes it simply claims that there are no available wireless networks.

    Anyone else seen these sort of problems? Seems that the WAG54G simply gets confused by roaming. Any ideas how to overcome them?

    I also have a WRT54G. Could I move all essential function onto the WRT54G, so using the WAG54G as an ADSL modem? Would the WRT54G handle roaming any better?

    WAG54G hardware level V1.2 firmware 1.01.6
    WAP54G hardware level V1.0 firmware 2.08
    WRT54G hardware level V2.0 firmware 2.02.7

    Notebook is Dell Inspiron 6000 (Windows XP SP2) with Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG adapter at driver level Managed by Intel PROSet/Wireless software V9.0.2.1

    Using WPA/TKIP (but had same problem with WEP).
    WAG54G on channel 11. WAP54G on channel 1, same SSID, is that correct?

  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Roaming is more an aspect of the client software so I'd suggest you poke around in the intel configuration options. (Checking for updates would be a good idea too if you haven't already.)

    Sure. Disable the wireless in the WAG, run a cable from the WAG to a LAN port on the WRT and then disable the DHCP server in the WRT.


    BTW you shoud really consider updating the firmware on your WRT since there have been numerous bug fixes including patches for security vulnerabilities.
  3. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member


    If you put 1.02.7 firmware on your WAG54G 1.2, you can use WDS (Wireless Distribution System) to bridge the signal between WAG and WRT ou WAP...
  4. Mister_H

    Mister_H Network Guru Member

    That's what I had thought. However, I get same symptoms if I let Windows manage the wireless, and I had exactly the same problem with an IBM Thinkpad T21 with IBM Access Connections software.

    Thats why I thought it must be something to do with the WAG54G.
  5. Mister_H

    Mister_H Network Guru Member

    I put 3.03.9 on. Is there a later version you would recommend? (I'm in UK).
  6. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    I found this by visiting the UK Linksys page...
  7. Subah

    Subah Network Guru Member

    Alot of peaple sead they have a lot of problem when they use this 1.02.7 firmware ? what about you ??
  8. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

    It is good for me ! (no major problem)
    It's the only one working with WDS (with WEP).
    I use all the securities (Wireless encryption & MAC filtering, UPnP disabled, DHCP server disabled).
    ADSL works fine.

    Now, I prefer my new v2 because twice faster (booting, wireless) and twice cooler. Nevertheless, ADSL seems more sensible because I get sometime deconnections due to a very low noise margin (the evening). Unfortunately no WDS yet.
  9. Subah

    Subah Network Guru Member

    Thank you very much HiSpeed :thumb:
  10. Mister_H

    Mister_H Network Guru Member

    I tried 1.02.7 over the weekend. It was a disaster! Kept losing connectivity, and the WAG54G rebooted itself a number of times. I also had a blue screen of death on my Windows/XP system with some complaint about IP...seems like a coincidence...

    I have now installed 1.01.7 which seems stable.
  11. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

    Never had these symptoms. Very stable for me with 98SE and XP Pro SP2 updated !
    You probably have wrong parameters somewhere !?
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