Wireless-G Adapter Utility or Wireless Zero Configuration

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by elguaxo, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. elguaxo

    elguaxo Network Guru Member


    I recently bought a WPC54G. I use it in a Windows XP notebook with low resources. I wonder what needs more resources, 'Linksys Wireless-G Notebook Adpater Utility' or 'Windows XP: Wireless Zero Configuration'?

    I can connecto to my router using both methods, but I want to use the one with less impact on my notebook resources.

  2. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    use the Wireless Zero Configuration linksys is know for their bad job of writing software.
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The linksys WLAN monitor is known to have a problem with Windows XP SP2. Use the WZC instead.
  4. herberje

    herberje Network Guru Member

    Wireless Zero Configuration

    How do you configure Wireless Zero Configuration ?
  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Windows Zero Configuration service was added to Windows XP with service pack 2. You have to remove the Linkys software by going toe Control Panel and select Remove programs. I would reboot the machine at that point. If you go to Adminstrative tools in the control panel and select services you can find windows zero configuration you should set it to automatically start. The driver for your WPC54G must be installed. If you have followed all the steps you should go to setting and select network connections. Your WPC54G should be listed as a Wireless Connection. Select it and select View Wireless Networks. At this point you should see your Wireless Network. It will indicate if the Network is secured or not. If it is you can select it can select Change Advanced Setting. You can set the security to match that of your network. You did not indicate, which wireless router you have and who makes it. A word of caution, some wireless routers use ASCII, while Linksys uses hex, the key length and keys must match.
  6. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Windows XP always has Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC), with or without Service Pack 2!!

    Pre-SP2 WZC interface


    With SP2 installed

  7. scootnod

    scootnod Network Guru Member

    So you don't need any of the files that the installer puts on system that load on startup. I think one is wpc54cfg.exe and another is odnet.exe (its something that starts with an 'o'). Wpc54cfg.exe is the utility to monitor the connection what is the other one? I just uninstalled the linksys sofware and just installed the drivers manually. I also noticed that in the wireless connection properties (were client for microsoft networks, tcp/ip and the like are) that some Odyessy thing is missing from that list.
  8. jhowarth

    jhowarth Network Guru Member

    do you have to deinstall the linksys software?

    I recently installed a Linksys WMP54-G wireless card in a PC which already
    had Windows XP SP2 installed. The installation was done as recommended
    by the manual. I simply installed the card, booted the machine and when XP
    asked to install a driver I showed it the CD which came with the card. This
    appears to have installed the correct driver but I don't know how to verify
    that it didn't also install the Linksys Zero Configuration software over the
    WZC software in XP SP2. Thanks in advance for any clarifications.
  9. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    The procedure you described should only install the driver. Besides, there is no Linksys Zero Configuration - there is the Linksys Wireless Connection Manager, however, which has a different interface than the above.
  10. jhowarth

    jhowarth Network Guru Member

    Is there a consensus about which is more stable to use? The Linksys Utility program
    or the XP SP2 WZC? As I mentioned in another message, I have found the XP SP2
    WZC to be really flakey. It has a tendency, if the connection is disrupted, to partially
    desync such that while the popup from the WZC icon will show its connected, the
    icon itself will have an X as if it were disconnected. Also at that point the show
    wireless networks dialog will show the currently connected wireless network as
    being deconnected. In such cases, I have to reboot for the WZC to properly
    reflect the connection status.
  11. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The software Linksys supplies was meant to allow pre-Windows XP operating systems the features of Windows Zero Configuration service and to allow users the ability to configure their network connections easier. It is known to have problems with Windows XP and you should not be using it. I found it you lose the connection , if you repair the connection you do not have to re-boot. Some of the problems people have stems from nearby AP's which broadcast their SSID's when you do not. Also microswave ovens ans 2.4mhz telephones are also know issues.
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