WRT54GS v1.1 - randomly losing connectivity

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by WillJitsu, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. WillJitsu

    WillJitsu Network Guru Member

    I have 3 wireless laptops that are connecting to this WRT54GS v1.1 router. They will connect, have perfect signal, and work for a while. However, after any given amount of time, they will lose connection randomly. I'm not sure what is causing it. I've tried several different firmwares, including official Linksys firmware and none of them seem to fix the problem. The laptops connect fine to other wireless networks and stay connected. Is there any known problems with this router or is there a way I can troubleshoot it? Thanks!
  2. WillJitsu

    WillJitsu Network Guru Member

    No one else is experiencing disconnect issues?

    Anyone know what might be causing this for me?
  3. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Which official Linksys Firmware? The only one that works for me is the US version at the moment 4.70.6 - this works in the UK with a loss of a couple of high channel numbers only.
  4. WillJitsu

    WillJitsu Network Guru Member

    Yeah I tried that version and still had the problems. Do you have the exact same router?
  5. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Yes a GS 1.1. Earlier versions of the Linksys firmware wouldn't transfer certain files from wired to wireless - but this is now fixed. There are at least a couple of other reported problems that I haven't experienced a) the GS dropping out due to high temperature and b) rebooting/ resetting due to number of connections active (when using p2p software for example).

    I also have a WPC54GS laptop card and have had loads of driver problems with it. It now seems stable using Windows wireless configuration just pulling the driver out of the linksys distribution. The linksys wireless monitor just doesn't work for me.

    I also found using Netstumbler that my laptop got best signal with the 2 aerials on the GS sticking out horizontally which looks silly but who cares if it works!
  6. jcuccia

    jcuccia Network Guru Member

    I had similar problems with a WRT54GS v1.1, with every firmware revision I tried. Finally gave up and bought a Netgear, which works fine. I've also used a WRT54GC without problems.
  7. egir

    egir Network Guru Member

    I have experienced a similar problem. I sometimes can't connect to my router through wireless networking. My girlfriend is experiencing the same problem from her laptop, and since both laptops works quite well with other wireless networks which indicates that its the router that we are having problems with.

    I searched the web to find an answer without any luck (though it appeard that many suffered from the same problem). I read up on what kind of cyptography this router uses, and what is behind various kinds of chiffer algorithms, and I found that there was little difference if any between the various wpa that the router supported. I got the idea that the problem might be due to buggy security algorithm, and with the 10 minutes of web-study I did on that, I had no reason to believe that wpa mixed mode was any better than just plane wpa2. I changed to wpa2 and now everything seems to work, my laptop connects instantly and I can download with decent speeds.

    So the fix is to blaim linksys and while doing so pick another reasonable secure security standard. (or atleast so it seems for me).
  8. frogger3d

    frogger3d Network Guru Member

    I had the same problem, it was rebooting all the time with some lockups once in a while. I returned it.
  9. egir

    egir Network Guru Member

    I'm sure mine wasn't rebooting as I got verry good signal all the time, it was the some pseudo layer between hardware and transport that was confused. (btw, my router is still working)
  10. stanward

    stanward Network Guru Member

    I have GS v2 and my wireless notebook would drop the connection randomly.

    I had a Microsoft Wireless Router and that one had Very Low to Low signal strength and would never drop the connection.

    On my WRT54GS v2 router, my signal strength was Good to Very Good and I was getting dropped connections.

    I just recently installed the WRE54G Expander and my laptop rarely drops the connection. I just hope it stays that way.

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