WAP54G Defective Out Of The Box?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by ineedcolor, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. ineedcolor

    ineedcolor Network Guru Member

    Hello All

    Recently upgraded my wireless B network to wireless G running on WinXP SP2 machines. I purchased a WRT54G v3 and a WAP54G v2. After sucessfully updating the firmware on both, the WRT works just fine but the WAP won't connect. On some occasions the two would "see" each other but I couldn't transfer any files. I tried reflashing to older firmwares and reinstalling the setup on the WAP with no success. I confirmed that all applicable settings were in synch (security keys using WPA or WEP, SSID, IP assignments etc.)

    Did I get a lemon access point? It's frustrating because I never had any issues getting my wireless B equipment to work as desired.

    One final note, the WRT54G came from Canada, the WAP54G was purchased in the US, I assume the channel frequencies are the same for both countries however...

    Any ideas would be appreciated, I'm about to pack it up and return it if I can't get it working.

  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Are you using the WAP54Gv2 in bridge mode to connect to your WRT54V3? If you are using bridge mode, did you enter the MAC address of the wireless portion of your WRT54GV3? There are three MAC addresses associated with your router, one each for the WAN, LAN and wireless. You can do a site survey with your WAP54GV2, in the AP mode screen, if you select AP Client you can see the MAC address of your WRT54GV3. The wireless status tab under Administration for your WRT54GV3 also has the MAC address of the wireless portion of your router.
  3. ineedcolor

    ineedcolor Network Guru Member

    Hi Howard

    Thank you for the reply. I am currently using the WAP in AP client mode (using the WRT's wireless MAC as you indicated above), after not getting any results with default AP.

    I can now do minor transfers and I see the WAP more often however I still cannot connect to my file archive like I did with the WET11.

    I assumed it was something the do the the WRT SPI firewall but even after disabling all security and firewalls on the server and in the WRT, I still can't connect properly.

    Again, I never, ever had so much difficulty with my wireless B set up, I feel like tossing the G stuff and going back to what I know already works :)
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    AP client mode does not allow any other Wireless devices to access the WAP54G.
  5. ineedcolor

    ineedcolor Network Guru Member


    I realize that, I only need it to talk to the router. I have two hardwired networked items (a Turtlebeach Audiotron and a TiVo) in the living room connected to a 5 port switch...this in turn is connected to the AP. The AP then is supposed to bridge the gap to the router in the bedroom. My laptop does not need to talk to the AP because it can connect directly to the router if need be.

  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    I would have used bridge mode instead, which more closely matches the WET11.
  7. ineedcolor

    ineedcolor Network Guru Member

    Thanks Howard, I'll give that a shot today then :)

    Update: That did the trick, my Audiotron is ALIVE! Thanks Howard :D

    (now I just have to get the loopback working again for the TiVo and I'll be all set...)
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