New to WAG354G - EU

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by smartcard, May 5, 2006.

  1. smartcard

    smartcard LI Guru Member

    I have WAG354G the current Firmware Version is 1.01.03.

    I can see that my device is not stable, some times breaking from the wireless etc.,

    Please suggest me what is the best and stable firmware version that I can upgrade, and where can I find it?
  2. djjeffrey

    djjeffrey LI Guru Member

    The best is to update your WAG354g Europe version to 1.1.05 EU
    it's a stable firmware, and has sort out some little error's and better performance of loading the firmware when pointing to admin

    I don't know for sure but I guess an external antenna will make it all better but the problem is there's non available for the europian version of the WAG354g EU.

    The internal antenna feels somewhat weak in signal.


    The Netherlands
  3. smartcard

    smartcard LI Guru Member


    Thanks I updated with the 1.01.05 yes, the GUI works fine, but still the Wireless breaks.

  4. djjeffrey

    djjeffrey LI Guru Member

    Hi superb!

    Can you do the following for me:

    click start / run

    type: cmd

    dosprompt opens in ext. window

    type: ping

    and give it a enter, does it make continue:

    reply from: bytes:32 time:1 ms TTL:255

    packets send: 4 packets received: 4 packets lost: 0

    If the four rows starting with reply from: 1923xxx stays
    exact the same your connection is ok, if those four rows give
    different answers there maybe some problems with the place where the wag354g stands (behind door/walls) and antenna loses strenght. putting the router on channel 11 or 9 give allmost the best results for europe!

    let me know how that go's

    Cheers Jeffrey
  5. smartcard

    smartcard LI Guru Member


    Following is my ping result;

    Pinging with 32 bytes of data:

    Reply from bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=255
    Reply from bytes=32 time=2922ms TTL=255
    Reply from bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=255
    Reply from bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=255

    Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 2ms, Maximum = 2922ms, Average = 732ms

    Ping statistics for :
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 2ms, Maximum = 2922ms, Average = 732ms

    I can notice that my connection speed is some times changing from 11 Mbps to 1Mbps
  6. djjeffrey

    djjeffrey LI Guru Member

    Anybody here with other opinion's ?

    did the changing channel 9 to 11 or 11 to 9 somthing for you ?

    regards, Jeffrey
  7. masterb

    masterb LI Guru Member

    Unlucky I have to admit too that the signal strenght of this router is quite weak, at least using it with an Apple Pb.
    I suggest first of all to optimize the router position. To do it I used a tool that display on a graph the signal strenght received. Then try to move the router to get a good signal. I have seen that keeping the router on the side of my computer case (metal) drop the signal, and so I move it forward, standig up, and with the face of the router toward the position of your wireless laptop.
    The other solution is to get an external antenna, either buying it or homebrewing it. If you are interested on it I can post here a link, but keep in mind that the accuracy of the work should be not less of a millimeter.
  8. djjeffrey

    djjeffrey LI Guru Member


    Maybe you have seen it or not but there is a new firmware which also solves a lot of troubles with the connection (version 1.01.09)

    The settings the support gave me fixed weakness somewhat:

    -Go to your router admin page:
    -Go to the Tab Wireless, and make sure your network has it's own SSID name.
    -Set channel to: 1 2.412Ghz
    -Save settings

    -Reconnect with your router

    -Go to the Tab Wireless, click on Advanced Wireless Settings,
    change the following:
    -Beacon interval: 50
    -DTM Interval: 1
    -Fragmentation: 2304
    -RTS Threshold: 2304
    - Save settings

    These settings I got from Linksys support for use into
    The Netherlands/Europe.

    I hope it will help ...


  9. djjeffrey

    djjeffrey LI Guru Member

    by the way, an external antenna for europe is not available
    for the WAG354G annex A...
    Building one could be an option....
  10. shoutje

    shoutje Network Guru Member

    Try Google, Linksys High Gain Antenna HGA7S.

    It's been sold in the Netherlands also for about € 45,00
    Deze externe antenne is gewoon te koop in Nederland voor ongeveer € 45,00.
  11. djjeffrey

    djjeffrey LI Guru Member


    Compatible with:

    • WRV54G
    • WMP54GS
    • WMP54G
    • WET54G
    • WET54GS5
    • AS1SMA

    Will this work on a WAG354G?
  12. Advis

    Advis Network Guru Member

    I'm using that on my WAG354G. It's a reverse SMA connector so it fits any router with an SMA connector. It will help somewhat.

    Unfortunatley though this is a problem with some WAG354G routers. notice you have one abnormally high packet in your ping test. If you do do anothe rping test and use the -t switch ('ping -t') you might see a regular pattern emerge. I seem to have solved mine, touch wood.

    Ensure you have the new 1.01.09 firmware. Then try these settings :

    -Beacon interval: 100
    -DTM Interval: 50
    -Fragmentation: 2304
    -RTS Threshold: 2304

    Also remember to set Fragmentation and RTS threshold in your wireless card's advanced properties tab in device manager. I tried the setting you found djjeffrey and it almost killed the signal for me. Also try enabling QoS in the router settings.
  13. shoutje

    shoutje Network Guru Member


    Linksys HGA7S High Gain Antenne voor SMA connector
  14. djjeffrey

    djjeffrey LI Guru Member

    Well done so much different settings with support from a linksys technician and concluded the router is absolute a DOA...

    4 weeks long connection problems with this router and the new firmwares and or internal router settings didn't took out the main issue....

    I am a little bit happy but I am also aware it could be a other problem with the internal PCI adaptors, we shall see what will happen when the new WAG354g-EU router arrives.

    I'll keep you updated how it all goes...

    Cheers for now,

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