Status: WRT54GX2 with WPC54GX notebook adapter card

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by TundraDome, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. TundraDome

    TundraDome Network Guru Member

    Purchased the WRT54GX2 (with Speed Range X-pander SRX200 - which is supposed to be the "affordable" version of the originally released WRT54GX) about a month ago to replace my BEFW11S4V2 router (loved that router - after about 4 years it simply started to "die" - DHCP stopped working, etc.).

    Used WRT54GX2 in "mixed mode" as my wife's laptop has an 11g card and my old Dell inspiron 4150 laptop has your standard 11b card. The performance for both of us was about the same as on the BEFW11S4V2 router.

    Yesterday, I installed the WPC54GX notebook card (the special card with two radios to utilize the MIMO features ofthe GX2) on my Inspirion, and "WOW" as far as speed goes. Even faster when I configured the GX2 to "G-Only" mode. I am very impressed with the speed - to be honest, the GX card seems just as fast, and actually sometimes faster, than my 100 LAN connection, even at 40 feet away - at least it is not slower as far as my intuitive senses can detect. My wife's laptop now has true "g" speed now. very nice and very fast. The WPC54GX notebook card is picking up about 3 other wireless networks that I never knew were there.

    I have ports forwarded (TCP) to use remote desktop connection and to use my laptop as a mini-server. All is working well.

    Having said all that, I have read numerous posts that, generally speaking here, lead me to believe the GX2 firmware is much less than acceptable as far as supporting advanced features (VOIP, port forwarding in certain cases, etc.). So that does leave me concerned to some degree.

    Overall, I give the SRX notebook card / GX2 combination a 4.5 stars out of 5 stars based on my experience and basic needs As for the GX2 alone, I give it 3.5 stars out of 5, especially in "mixed mode." Finally, and I have no experience here mind you, I'd give the GX2 alone 2.5 stars out of 5 stars based on all the reported advanced feature issues. Hope this helps others considering this combination.

    -- TundraDome
  2. lgarci872

    lgarci872 Guest


    I also bougth the GX2 and WPC54GX card. I use the GX2 as an access point to the linksys router. It works fine except I can not get the WPC card to connect to it. It works good with my old WPC 11 card, but no matter how many times I try to connect the GX card, it will not access the GX router. Any idea as to what I am doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance.
  3. TundraDome

    TundraDome Network Guru Member

    Stop Wireless Zero Configuration, Add your SSID, Configure

    How did you set up (install) your GX wirless notebook card? Before physically inserting the card into your notebook, you have to insert and run the included CD first. Even after that, I could not configure my card using the linksys wireless manager (Wireless-G Notebook Adapter with SRX Utility) that is installed using the CD. I kept getting a dialog box message telling me that Wireless Zero Config manager was already running.

    Finally, I realized I had to stop Wireless Zero Config - whatever that was. Turns out that is the windows software manager for configuring wireless cards. Go to Start-->Run. Type in "services.msc" and click "OK". The Services(local) dialog box opens up with a host of services. Scroll down to Wireless Zero Configuration. Double click it to open it.

    In the General tab, go to Service Status and click "Stop"
    Go to "Startup type" and change to "disable" Click "apply" then click "OK". I also went into network connections, right clicked on my internal wireless-b connection and selected disable to make that b-card inactive.

    I think you have to restart the computer at this point

    Then open up the "Wireless-G Notebook Adapter with SRX Utility" from Start->All Programs->Linksys->Wireless-G Notebook Adapter with SRX Utility

    You should see your network (SSID and probably a number of others) in the "Site Survey". If you can't see your SSID, then go to "Profiles" and click "add" to add your network SSID, channel, encryption key, etc. Wait about 10 seconds. Next, click on your SSID in the Site Survey, and now you should be able to configure it by clicking "configure" and make sure all the parameters there are correct. Click OK and wait until the status box on top switches to your selected network. Presto, you're connected.

    Did this help you?
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