Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by BigAl, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. BigAl

    BigAl Guest

    I cant get my computer to access the AP.

    It can see it, but wont connect.

    The WRT54G is set to factory defaults, so no WEP etc.

    Any ideas anyone?

    I am on XP with the latest drivers,


  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If you are on factory defaults on the WRT54G, no WEP, MAC address filtering, default SSID of "linksys", default password of "admin" and channel 6 and SSID broadcast enabled and it is set up as a the Gateway.
    You are using Windows XP are you on SP2?
    You should be able to see your WRT54G, by selecting your wireless NIC on Network Connections and clicking "View Wireless Networks" control button. You can set up your SSID and channel and connect to it. You should not use the Linksys WLAN Monitor Client since it is not compatilbe with Windows XP and should remove it from your system if you installed it.

    While you are there. check ths setting on the WMP54G. You can get to the properitws by clicking the "properties" control button. Select your internet protocol, it should be set to Obtain an IP address automatically (DHCP Client).

    Your WMP54G should be set to disable the Bluetooth compatablity.

    You should change the SSID and password on the WRT54G after successful connected to it. The default IP address of the WRT54G is

    You should enable some sort of encryption at least WEP 128bit key. IF you have SP2 installed you should go for WPA-PSK AES or TKIP since they are the most secure without using certificates or a Radius server.

    Forget about disabling SSID broadcast, since the SSID is very easy to discover. MAC address filtering add little since the MAC address is in the packets that are transmitted and you can spoof a MAC address.
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