What is best way to set up WRT54G V5.0?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Slick_Nick, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. Slick_Nick

    Slick_Nick Network Guru Member

    Hello all. I recently purchased the Linksys WRT54G version 5.0 router. I have an ADSL broadband connection and I run Windows XP Pro on my computers. I've been computing for many years and have used a wired phoneline based network previously. But I'm brand new to the wireless networking world. Because of that, I would like to get some advice from the experts here on the best and easiest way to set the router up. I have read that using the setup CD-ROM that comes with the router is the best way. I have also heard from others that the CD-ROM is worthless and to do the setup manually using the built-in browser on the router. Some people say that using the Netset.exe utility from the Linksys website is the best way to go. Because of the differing opinions, I'm not quite sure which method would be the best for me. Does anyone have some definitive advice about that? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers.
  2. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    depends on your skill in networking and understanding of networking terms I would suppose. I personally just jump straight into the browser config pages, but I have been setting up networks for years. The CD is good for "dummies" who hopefully already have their broadband connection running directly to one comp. The CD is able to copy the settings for the net connection and transfer them to the router, and show u pics on how to connect everything. So, as I said..depends on ur skill....
  3. will792

    will792 Network Guru Member

    The best way to set up WRT54G v.5 is to pack it and return it to the store for the exchange to an older version (<= 4.0). You would get ability to use excellent third-part firmware that gets enhancements as well as bug fixes.

    I am not so sure if Linksys CD would work correctly with a DSL modem. Most of modern DSL modems handle PPPoE internally but older versions of Linksys software (not so sure about the current) assumed that PPPoE has to be handled in the router. Nothing is wrong with it as long as DSL modem is configured accordingly.

    I would not bother with Linksys CD. It takes less than 5 minutes to configure WRT54G even if you see it the first time in you life. Most of the configuration options are just that, options. If your DSL modem handles PPPoE your router would work without any configuration at all. Obviously it is good to configure wireless security but you do not need a wizard for that.

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