WUSB54G requires SSID Broadcast?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by Disgusted, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. Disgusted

    Disgusted Network Guru Member

    I just installed a WUSB54G V4 adapter on one of my PCs last week. After a number of days I found that the Linksys monitor does not work on Windows XP (confirmed with Linksys support today). When I got the adapter working I found that it will only connect if I have the router set to broadcast the SSID. The rest of my wireless connections work fine with SSID broadcast turned off (one is Orinoco - 802.11B, the other two are ThinkPads with builtin Intel wireless - one with 802.11B and one that is 802.11B/G). My router is a Linksys BEFW11S4 V2 (802.11B).

    Support had me change the RTS and the Frame threshold down to 2034. This did not resolve the problem. I also chenged the beacon to 50. The router is at firmware version 1.45z.

    Any other suggestions before I send this back?
    Thanks. :cry:

    BTW, I am running Windows XP Prof SP2. Linksys support asked if I installed the latest driver but could not tell me what that might be. All I could find on the US site was V I did see a post in this forum that the Linksys international site has a new driver. One of the posts indicated that the throughput was worse with this driver.
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Why not just leave SSID switched on if it improves connectivity?

    It's not a security feature and you should be using encryption (preferrably WPA) to protect your network anyway.
  3. Disgusted

    Disgusted Network Guru Member

    I guess its just a personal preference. Either way, the data sheets for the adapter indicate that you can run without the SSID being broadcast. I know the setup is correct because it works for the other machines on my network. Its just annoying that I can't get it to work with this card.

    I'm using WEP with 128 bit encryption since not all of the adapters support WPA.
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Yes, I know the datasheet says that, and so do all other wireless adapters, but this is a issue of the software and not the driver itself. Sounds like you are using Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration, correct? Microsoft does not recommend switching off SSID.

    You could try updating the driver. BTW, LoyC pointed out a newer beta driver located in the Singapore section of the Linksys FTP server - may worth your while taking a look.

    In any case, if you don't like the newer driver, Windows XP can easily roll back to the original one.
  5. Disgusted

    Disgusted Network Guru Member

    Thanks I'll give it a go.

  6. mcliff

    mcliff Guest

    I am having the same problem, we have like 9 old USB54G adapters that work fine with the SSID off. Then we just got two new USB54G Ver. 4 adapters that won't work with the SSID off. Talking to Linksys right now, and they don't know what to do. So if anyone fines a way to fix this, please post a reply.
  7. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    You will probably need to wait for Linksys to come up with a fix. If you rely SSID Broadcast being turned off as your main wireless security protection, I suggest deploying encryption instead. SSID Broadcast is not a security tool. The router may not be broadcast its identifier, but the signal still carries it for network identification, so if it is there it can be detected - the only way to be totally invisible is not to have a signal at all.

    PS. I'm moving this because this behaviour is adapter specific and not a really a networking issue.
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