wrt54gx4 advanced wireless settings

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by drick, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. drick

    drick Network Guru Member

    just got my wrt54gx4 & wpc54gx4 cards and have noticed some interesting behavior.

    1. when trying to updgrade the wrt firmware from 1.00.09 to 1.00.10 i burned through 3 units before the upgrade took. luckily for me best buy had about 10 of them in stock.

    FYI the firmware update doesn't work via https, i had to use http

    2. network density settings - if i change from low to medium or high, i lose ALL wireless connectivity, linksys "support" is clueless what this settting does.

    3. wireless rate set, again "support" has no idea what this does or how it works.

    anyone have any suggestions or ideas about these?

    thanks in advance
  2. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Network Guru Member

    It has blurbs about most settings in the pdf manual on the install disk. From the manual...

  3. bassgoon

    bassgoon Network Guru Member

    how unusual...I couldn't get my wrt54gx2 (now I have the gx4) to work without setting the network density to high...
    But I live in university and half the people here have their own waps/wrts and the network density really is high...
  4. drick

    drick Network Guru Member

    are you using wpa2, auto channel or fixed, etc. ?
  5. marca56

    marca56 Network Guru Member

    1. Worked fine for me; did you try this over Ethernet or WLAN? I've done it both ways, but apparently, people have had trouble upgrading over WLAN based on the posts.

    2. Network Density is a sort of subjective setting. This is really meant for enterprise use where there is a site planning tool (e.g., Wireless Valley) that is used to determine the overlap and interference with and between AP's and other RF emitters like radars ;) You should leave this setting at Low for most applications.

    3. Basic Rate Set #2 is the default; there is a Basic Rate Set description in the IEEE spec for 802.11. Basically-- no pun intended-- #2 allows a/b/g rate adaption for all the supported (country homologated) channels. #1 is for b-only networks. Other alternatives supported by enterprise AP's are manually configured (e.g., only 1, 2, and 5.5Mbs).
  6. drick

    drick Network Guru Member

    if you are asking how i made the settings, i set via LAN and WLAN, no difference either way. it was purely a http vs https thing for me.

    i find it interesting that the network density setting completely breaks the communication flow, vs degrading it?

    hmm, i don't suppose there is a g only spec??
  7. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    I have both a WRT54GX v 1.0 and a WRT54GX4 v 1.0 at two sites and can change the network density from medium to low or low to medium. I momentarily lose the connection, but the connection re-establishes itself after a minute.
  8. drick

    drick Network Guru Member

    Can you give me some more specifics?

    - are you using wpa2 personal (if so with aes, tkip, or both)

    - what bands are you using

    - have you modified any of the advanced wireless settings from the defaults?
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