WPS54G --> WAP54G v. 2

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by smvb, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. smvb

    smvb Network Guru Member

    Okay, after chatting with Linksys support for an hour and a half, they determined that the wireless on my first PS did not work. They have sent me a new one, but I cannot get it to connect, either. I had the bright idea of printing out a status page using the reset button on the PS, and discovered that the channel was different than the channel on the AP. It has the correct MAC of the AP as the BSSID, and the correct SSID, but not the right channel. It is reporting a Poor link quality and poor signal strength. Everytime I print a page, it shows a different channel, which I guess means it is scanning through them. Even when it shows the same channel as the AP, it reports a poor connection, and I cannot ever ping it.

    I am using MAC filtering on the AP, as well as WEP-128, and have double checked the values entered. The fact that it has the AP MAC address is great, but why can't it find the right channel?

    I am running the latest firmware v. 6049 on the WPS54G (that's what it with).

    I am running firmware version 2.07 on the WAP54G. Would Upgrading to v. 3.04 help with this problem?

    Thanks for any insight....
  2. Still2complicated

    Still2complicated Network Guru Member

    Try shutting down your firewall and see if that helps
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    I would forget about MAC Address filtering since it really offers no security.
    Power down the WPS54G. Connect the WPS54G directly to your net work to configure it and power it up.
    Use the Bi-Admin Management Utilility to configure it. If the utitlity finds the print server, selec t the print server and select main on the Menu bar. Select configure on the dropdown.
    You should be prompted for the password. The default password is admin. Enter the password and click the OK pushbutton
    Select the TCP/IP tab. You can set a static IP Address or leave it as Dynamic IP Address (DHCP).
    If you use a static IP Address enter the static IP Address, which should be on the same subnet as the DHCP server on your router or Domain Server, use a mask of and enter your gateway address. Press the "OK" control button to save your setting.
    Select the wireless tab, and if you changed any of the TCP/IP setting your printserver may disconnect and you have to wait until it reconnects.
    Enter the SSID, the channel should be set on automatic, the network type should be infrastructure and the security. The security should be WEP. Specify shared key, the key length and enter the key, which should be in HEX and press the "OK" control button to save your setting.
    Now you must power down the WPS54G and disconnect it from your network. Power it back up. The WPS54G and its sibling the WPS54GU2 does not support simutaneous Wired and Wireless Connections.
    Additional information, make certain you broadcast your DDID and it you choose to upgrade the firmware of your WAP54G, do it from a wired connection and after your reset it to default factory setting.
  4. smvb

    smvb Network Guru Member

    I had done most of what you suggested, with the exception of the security being "Shared Key." I had left it on Open. So I tried that, but to no avail. I am going to try upgrading my WAP54G next.

    Here is another (possibly stupid) question: I have been using the web interface to make changes to the settings. What is the advantage of using the Bi-Admin utility?

  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    I have found that the Biadmin Management Utility is more reliable in configurating the printserver.
  6. smvb

    smvb Network Guru Member


    It actually worked! Upgrading the firmware on the WAP54G from 2.07 to 3.04 actually worked! Now the print server works perfectly. I can't believe that Linksys support didn't have a clue about that.

    After hours of frustration, IT WORKS! :cheering:
  7. smvb

    smvb Network Guru Member

    I can see how for me it would be more reliable as well, since around a quarter of the time I forget to click on the save link at the bottom of the web pages, so my changes aren't saved.... :grin:
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