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WRT54G2 v1.5 Frequently Asked Questions

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HARDWARE INFORMATION

1. What is the WRT54G2?
2. What default IP address, username and password are used to login to the WRT54G2 web-based setup page?
3. How can I reset the WRT54G2 to factory defaults?
4. What is the warranty period of the WRT54G2?
5. Does the WRT54G2 support Remote Management?

WIRELESS SECURITY

1. What is the default wireless network name (SSID) of the WRT54G2?
2. What security modes does WRT54G2 support?
3. How many wireless clients can be added in the MAC Address Filter List at most?
4. What kind of encryption is supported by the WEP security mode?
5. Does WRT54G2 offer a Filter IDENT that block specific Internet data types?
6. Does WRT54G2 allow VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP, or PPTP protocols to pass through the router?
7. How many policies can I set up on the Internet Access Policy screen at most?
8. Does WRT54G2 support DMZ?
9. What is AP isolation?
10. How many URL addresses can be blocked in each Internet Access policy at most?
11. How many keywords can be blocked in each Internet Access policy at most?
12. What is Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS)?

LEDs

1. What LEDs does the WRT54G2 have and what do they mean?

TROUBLESHOOTING

1. Are you able to back up and restore settings on the WRT54G2?
2. What should I do if I can't see the wireless network name (SSID) of the WRT54G2?

FIRMWARE UPGRADE

1. How do I upgrade the firmware on the WRT54G2?

SPECIAL FEATURES

1. What DDNS providers does the WRT54G2 support?
2. How many connection types does the WRT54G2 support?
3. Does WRT54G2 support MAC address clone?
4. How many static routes can I set up between the router and another network?
5. Does WRT54G2 support AP Isolation?
6. Does WRT54G2 support wireless QoS and Internet Access Priority QoS?
7. What Internet browsers are supported by WRT54G2?
8. Is the WRT54G2 Secure Easy Setup-capable?
9. What is MAC address clone and what is it used for?
10. What is Diagnostics and what is it used for?
11. What is Port Range Forwarding?
12. Can I select time zone and automatically adjust the clock?
13. Which dynamic route protocol is supported on WRT54G2?
14. What is Port Range Triggering?
15. What is DMZ and what is it used for?
16. What network modes does the WRT54G2 support?
17. What is wireless Mac filter and what is it used for?
18. What is UPnP?



HARDWARE INFORMATION

1. What is the WRT54G2?

The WRT54G2 Wireless-G Broadband Router is a three-in-one device.  It functions as a wireless access point which allows you connect to the network without using wires.  It also has a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired devices together and serves as your network's DHCP Server that supports VPN pass-through.

2. What default IP address, username and password are used to login to the WRT54G2 web-based setup page?

The default IP address is 192.168.1.1.  Both username and password is “admin”.

3. How can I reset the WRT54G2 to factory defaults?

Press and hold the Reset button of your router for 30 seconds.

4. What is the warranty period of the WRT54G2?

The warranty period is dependent on the country where the device was purchased.  For more information about your device's warranty, click here.

5. Does the WRT54G2 support Remote Management?

Yes.


WIRELESS SECURITY

1. What is the default wireless network name (SSID) of the WRT54G2?

The default wireless network name (SSID) of the WRT54G2 is linksys.

2. What security modes does WRT54G2 support?

The router supports six (6) security modes: Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) Personal, WPA2 Personal, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Enterprise, RADIUS, and Wired Equivalent Protocol (WEP).

3. How many wireless clients can be added in the MAC Address Filter List at most?

You can add 40 wireless clients.

4. What kind of encryption is supported by the WEP security mode?

It supports 64-bit and 128-bit WEP.

5. Does WRT54G2 offer a Filter IDENT that block specific Internet data types?

Yes.  This feature keeps port 113 from being scanned by devices outside your local network.

6. Does WRT54G2 allow VPN tunnels using IPSec, L2TP, or PPTP protocols to pass through the router?

Yes.

7. How many policies can I set up on the Internet Access Policy screen at most?

You can set up 10 policies.

8. Does WRT54G2 support DMZ?

Yes.

9. What is AP isolation?

This feature isolates all wireless clients and wireless devices on your network from each other.  Wireless devices will be able to communicate with the router but not with each other.  To use this function, click Enabled.  AP Isolation is disabled by default.

10. How many URL addresses can be blocked in each Internet Access policy at most?

You can block four (4) URL addresses.

11. How many keywords can be blocked in each Internet Access policy at most?

You can block four (4) URL keywords.

12. What is Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS)?

Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) is a synchronization tool that simplifies the process of connecting wireless devices to your network by just pressing on the WPS button on the router and on the wireless device that you want to connect to it.


LEDs

1. What LEDs does the WRT54G2 have and what do they mean?

  • Power (Blue) - The POWER LED lights up and will stay on while the router is powered ON.
  • Ethernet 1-4 (Blue) - These numbered LEDs serve two (2) purposes.  The LED lights up when the router is connected to a device through the corresponding port at the back of the router.  If the LED is flashing, the router is sending or receiving data over that port.
  • Internet (Blue) - The Internet LED lights up when there is a connection through the Internet port.
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) (Blue/Amber) - It lights up blue when wireless security is enabled.  The LED flashes blue for two (2) minutes during WPS.  The LED lights up amber if there is an error during the WPS process.  Make sure the client device supports WPS.  Wait until the LED is off, and then try again.  The LED flashes amber when a WPS session is active, and a second session begins.  The router supports one (1) session at a time.  Wait until the LED is off before starting the next WPS session.
  • Wireless (Blue) - The WIRELESS LED lights up when there is wireless connection.  If the LED is flashing, the router is sending or receiving data over the wireless network.


TROUBLESHOOTING

1. Are you able to back up and restore settings on the WRT54G2?

Yes.

2. What should I do if I can't see the wireless network name (SSID) of the WRT54G2?

You should check the following items:

Step 1:
Make sure that the router is plugged into an electrical outlet and is powered ON.

Step 2:
Access the web-based setup page using a computer that is hardwired to the router and go to Wireless > Basic Wireless Settings.

Step 3:
Make sure that the SSID Broadcast is set to Enabled.

Step 4:
Check if your wireless adapter supports 802.11g or 802.11b to make sure it is compatible with your router.


FIRMWARE UPGRADE

1. How do I upgrade the firmware on the WRT54G2?

Download the latest firmware of the router from the Linksys Support Site.  Go to Administration > Firmware Upgrade on the router’s web-based setup page then select the file to upgrade by using the Browse button.  Click Upgrade.  For the detailed instructions, click here.

NOTE:  Do not reset or powercycle the unit while it is upgrading.

SPECIAL FEATURES

1. What DDNS providers does the WRT54G2 support?

It supports DynDNS.org and TZO.

2. How many connection types does the WRT54G2 support?

The router supports six connection types:  Automatic Configuration - DHCP, Static IP, PPPoE, PPTP, Telstra Cable, and L2TP.

3. Does WRT54G2 support MAC address clone?

Yes.

4. How many static routes can I set up between the router and another network?

You can have up to 20 static routes.

5. Does WRT54G2 support AP Isolation?

Yes.

6. Does WRT54G2 support wireless QoS and Internet Access Priority QoS?

Yes.

7. What Internet browsers are supported by WRT54G2?

It supports Netscape 4.7 or higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.

8. Is the WRT54G2 Secure Easy Setup-capable?

No, the router has no hardware or software SES push button.

9. What is MAC Address Clone and what is it used for?

Some Internet Service Providers will require you to register a MAC address again in order to access the Internet.  If you do not wish to register the MAC address with your ISP, you may assign the MAC address you have currently registered with your ISP to the router with the MAC Address Clone feature.

If you want to clone the MAC address of the computer you are currently using to configure the router, click the Clone My MAC Address button and the router will automatically detect your computer’s MAC address.

10. What is Diagnostics and what is it used for?

Diagnostics is used to check the Internet connection between the router and the computers connected to it.  Ping and traceroute commands are used to check the network.

11. What is Port Range Forwarding?

Port Range Forwarding allows you to set up public services on your network, such as web servers, ftp servers, e-mail servers, or other specialized Internet applications.

12. Can I select time zone and automatically adjust the clock?

Yes.

13. Which dynamic route protocol is supported on WRT54G2?

It is compatible with RIP dynamic route protocol and 20 static routings at most.

14. What is Port Range Triggering?

Port Range Triggering will forward port based on the incoming port specified.  Check with your software application to find out what is necessary to enter in these fields.

15. What is DMZ and what is it used for?

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) allows one local user to be exposed to the Internet for use of a special-purpose service such as Internet gaming and video conferencing.  DMZ hosting forwards all the ports at the same time to one computer.  The Port Range Forwarding is more secure compared to it because it only opens the ports you want to have opened.

16. What network modes does the WRT54G2 support?

It supports B, G and mixed network modes.

17. What is Wireless MAC Filter and what is it used for?

MAC filtering is a security feature on the router that filters wireless access to your network.  Through the MAC addresses of the wireless devices, you can allow or prevent any wireless device to connect to your network through this feature.

18. What is UPnP?

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) allows your computer to automatically configure the router for various Internet applications such as gaming and videoconferencing.

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