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Checking the computer’s connection with the access point

Checking the computer’s connectivity with the access point will help you determine if it is properly communicating with the network.  This article will guide you on how to check your computer’s connection with your access point.

After configuring the access point with the settings of your wireless router, you need to perform two steps to verify connectivity:

Pinging the access point’s IP address
Pinging the router’s IP address

Pinging the access point’s IP address

You need to ping the default IP address of your access point.  Follow the instructions below on how to perform a ping test.

Listed below are the default IP addresses of some Linksys access points:

  • WAP11       - 192.168.1.251
  • WAP51AB  - 192.168.1.250
  • WAP54GP - 192.168.1.245
  • WAP55AG - 192.168.1.246
  • WAP54G   - 192.168.1.245

The WAP610N doesn’t have a default IP address.  To learn how to check the IP address of your WAP610N, click here.

QUICK TIP:  You may need to change your access point’s IP address if you’re using a non-Linksys wireless router or if your router’s using a different LAN segment.

Windows 7/Vista
Windows XP
Mac

Windows 7/Vista

Step 1:
Click thebutton.  On the Start Search field, enter “cmd” then press [Enter].

Step 2:
On the Command Prompt window, enter “ping (IP address of the access point)” then press [Enter]

NOTE:  In this example, we used the default IP address of WAP54G. 

Step 3:
Check the ping statistics.  You should get Sent =4, Received =4, Lost =0 (0% loss).

Windows XP

Step 1:
Click Start then click Run.

Step 2:
On the Run window, enter “cmd” in the provided field, then click OK.

Step 3:
On the Command Prompt window, enter “ping (IP address of the access point)” then press [Enter]

NOTE:  In this example, we used the default IP address of WAP54G.

Step 4:
Check the ping statistics.  You should get Sent =4, Received =4, Lost =0 (0% loss).

Mac

Step 1:
Double-click the hard drive icon.

Step 2:
Click Applications.

Step 3:
Double-click Utilities.

Step 4:
Double-click Network Utility.

Step 5:
When the Network Utility window appears, click Ping.

Step 6:
When the Ping screen appears, enter the IP address of your access point as the network address then click Ping.  You can also set the number of pings that you want to set on the provided field.

NOTE:  In this example, we used the default IP address of WAP54G.

Step 7:
Check the ping statistics.  You should get 10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0% packet loss.

Pinging the router’s IP address

After pinging the access point’s IP address, you need to ping the router’s IP address.  For instructions, click here

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