WET54G & Maximum LAN Cable Length

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by AndyH, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. AndyH

    AndyH LI Guru Member


    Hope someone can help with this. I purchased a WET54G for my parents so they could connect to a wireless hotspot near them which is not encrypted. The signal is quite weak but I was able to connect to it with my laptop in the loft. I also bought another aerial with a higher gain to attach to the WET54G. On connecting the bridge and aerial, all three LEDs are lit, which I believe indicates the bridge is connected to the wifi network. Is this correct? However when I go tot he PC, the network shows limited or no connection. I've tried resetting the bridge and setting a static IP as well as DHCP but neither produces a connection on the PC. The only thing I can think of is that the Ethernet cable is too long. In order to reach the loft, the cable is 15 metres long. I could probably reduce this. Would this cause the problem at the PC end?

    The other query I have is why you can't access the web config when NOT connected to a wifi network. I can use the setup disc and it finds the bridge o.k. and allows alteration of the basic settings. However in order to access the web config page and see more advanced functions, you must be connected to the wifi network. Why can't you access this when directly connected via the ethernet cable?

    Many Thanks.
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The length limitation on a Ethernet Cable is about 300 meters. Try anoter cable, Can you connect the WET54G and your PC in the loft and do a site survey and try to set it up through the web interface.
  3. AndyH

    AndyH LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    It would be difficult getting the PC into the loft due to access and power problems. However am I right in thinking that if the Wireless-G LED on the bridge is lit, the bridge has successfully connected to the wifi network? When I switch the bridge off and then on, the PC attempts to connect but after around 60 secs it comes up with the 'limited or no connectivity' message. I was just wondering whether the length of cable (15m) would have an effect on the signal strength to the extent that the PC was unable to connect?

    Thanks again.
  4. AndyH

    AndyH LI Guru Member

    No response from Linksys Technical on this.

    Anyone else got any ideas or advice?
  5. mrbun01

    mrbun01 LI Guru Member

    The reason you cannot use the web-based utility when not connected to a network may be due to the PC being set to DHCP. Give the PC a fixed IP and the device should be visible at .

  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    howardp6 300 feet (not metres)i think you'll find.

    What CAT rating is the cabling?

    Most CAT5 is maximum of 90m between segments + 10m for patch cables you'll need a switch to extend the range over this length.

    normal rules is your ok for approx 100m before a switch is needed.
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