WAG354G WPA Problems

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by Catsworth, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Catsworth

    Catsworth LI Guru Member

    Hi Guys,

    I have a European WAG354G which only supported WEP out of the box.

    I have (today) upgraded the firmware to the latest version available for that model and have enabled WPA on the router and set up the 2 laptops that connect to it.

    The wireless network shows as 'Secured (WPA)' in the network list, and the two laptops will connect to it (although this does take some time).

    The problem is that the connection is a) a *lot* slower than with WEP, and b) unreliable.

    I expected a difference in speed due to the more complex encryption being used but my connection speed has dropped to about 35% of what it was with WEP.
    A bigger concern is the fact that the connection keeps dropping, I lose connectivity to the router for a couple of seconds and then it reconnects. When it reconnects Windows reports the connection as 'Unsecured' although it still shows as 'Secured (WPA)' in the wireless networks list.

    My questions are:

    1. Is there anything I can do (apart from going back to WEP) to speed things up?
    2. Has naybody got any ideas why the connection keeps dropping? It was perfect (for hours/days on end) with WEP but for some reason it's terrible with WEP!!


  2. Advis

    Advis Network Guru Member

    What's your singla strength and quality like?
  3. ellis

    ellis Network Guru Member

    How can i find this info out, i would like to chk the signal strenght of a wireless media player but the unit does not display this info

    Many Thanks
  4. Catsworth

    Catsworth LI Guru Member

    Signal strength given as 'Excellent' although I'm not sure where I would find 'Quality'.

    Thanks for the help.
  5. icest0rm

    icest0rm Network Guru Member

    does your wireless adapter have any tools for managing?
  6. Catsworth

    Catsworth LI Guru Member

    Don't think so, it's an Intel b/g card which is built into the laptop - other than the Windows setup tools there isn't a lot else to work with.

    I've just had a look in Netstumbler in case there was anything in there (and there isn't).

    Forgot to mention yesterday that the neighbours also have a WPA enable AP, but theirs is on channel 5 and mine is on channel 11 so I doubt it's interfering.

    Damn thing dropped again whilst I was typing this :(
  7. icest0rm

    icest0rm Network Guru Member

    then if it's Intel try one of these (your laptop producer should have included into the driver btw):


    they are driver packaged with the Intel utility to manage the wireless card and should give you more information...

    my Linksys used with Ralink utility (chipset producer) shows all.
  8. Advis

    Advis Network Guru Member

    Sounds like your using Windows wireless zero config (WZC) which supposedly isn't that great especially if you have multiple APs in one area. Download and install the driver that Icest0rm posted and use the Intel utility. Also try disabling the WZC service after you've installed then configured the Intel utility to connect to your AP in order to avoid conflicts.

    I would suggest looking in the device's manual if you havn't already done so. Best guess is that it could be under an options menu. Good luck with that.
  9. ellis

    ellis Network Guru Member

    The unit in question does not display any info on the wireless (its an know fault)

    I ran a WRT54GL for a bit and had the WRT Firmware (DD-WRT) which showed the signal strength of each device connected to the router...

    Since upgrading to the WAG354G it would be a great help to get this info back...

    Can anybody help - is there a way to show the signal strength of each device that is connected to the router?
  10. Catsworth

    Catsworth LI Guru Member

    Ok, I've installed the latest software/drivers from Intel - I guess we just wait and see how that works now :)

    Thanks for the help, I'll report back after some more testing.
  11. Catsworth

    Catsworth LI Guru Member

    Forgot to say, signal quality is showing as 'Excellent' at the moment.
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