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Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G BroadBand Router Frequently Asked Questions

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 HARDWARE INFORMATION

  1.  What is the Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G BroadBand Router?
  2.  What default IP Address, username and password are used to log in to the router’s web-based setup page?
  3.  Can the router act as a DHCP server?
  4.  What is the maximum number of IP Addresses that the router can support?
  5.  How can I reset the router to factory default settings?
  6.  Does the Internet connection of the router support 100 Mbps Ethernet?
  7.  Does the router support IPX or AppleTalk®?
  8.  Does the router support ICQ send file?
  9.  Is the router cross-platform compatible?
 10.  Is IPSec Passthrough supported by the router?
 11.  Does the router pass PPTP packets or actively route PPTP sessions?
 12.  Where can I download an updated firmware for this device?
 13.  What operating system do I need to have on my computer to work with the Linksys WRT54G?

SETTINGS

1.  Where do I check the wireless network name of the Linksys WRT54G router?
2.  How can I set up a password to secure my wireless network?
3.  How do I set up the Linksys WRT54G without the setup CD?

TROUBLESHOOTING

1.  How can I block corrupted FTP downloads?
2.  Can multiple gamers on the LAN get on one game server and play simultaneously with just one (1) public IP Address?
3.  What should I do if the web page hangs, the downloadable attachments are corrupt or if nothing but junk characters are being displayed on the screen?
4.  If all else fails in the installation, what can I do?
5.  If DMZ Hosting is used, does the exposed user share the public IP with the router?
6.  How many ports can be simultaneously forwarded?
7.  How do I get mIRC to work with the router?
8.  How do I prevent other devices from connecting to my network?
9.  How can I resolve the Connected - Internet not available error message on a wireless device?

SPECIAL FEATURES

1.  How do I set up additional devices using Secure Easy Setup™?
2.  Where is my Secure Easy Setup™ button?
3.  I have devices that support WPA-Personal security, but do not have Secure Easy Setup™.  Can I still use Secure Easy Setup™?
4.  Is it possible to wirelessly connect my TV or other wireless devices to a computer that is connected to my router?
5.  Does the Linksys WRT54G router have a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) feature so I can monitor my entire network?


HARDWARE INFORMATION

1. What is the Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G BroadBand Router?

The Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router is a 3-in-1 residential gateway device.  It acts as a wireless access point which lets you connect your wireless computers and devices to it without using wires.  It also serves as a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect your wired devices to it using Ethernet cables.  The Linksys WRT54G also performs as a DHCP server with a powerful firewall to protect your computers against intruders and most known Internet attacks.  The router function ties it all together, letting your whole network share high-speed Cable or DSL Internet connection.  See what's new with the Linksys WRT Wireless Router!  To learn more, click here.

2. What default IP Address, username and password are used to log in to the router’s web-based setup page?

The default IP Address is 192.168.1.1.  On the log in window, leave the username blank and the password is “admin”.

3. Can the router act as a DHCP server?

Yes.  The router is capable of acting as a DHCP server.

4. What is the maximum number of IP Addresses that the router can support?

The router can support up to 253 IP Addresses.

5. How can I reset the router to factory default settings?

Press and hold down the Reset button located at the bottom of the router for about 30 seconds.  For more information, click here.

6. Does the Internet connection of the router support 100 Mbps Ethernet?

The router’s current hardware design is to support up to 100 Mbps Ethernet on its Internet port.  However, the Internet connection speed will vary depending on the speed of your broadband connection.  The router also supports 100 Mbps over the auto-sensing Fast Ethernet 10/100 switch on the LAN side of the router.

7. Does the router support IPX or AppleTalk®?

No.  TCP/IP is the only protocol standard for the Internet and has become the global standard for communications.  Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) is a NetWare communications protocol used only to route messages from one node to another, and AppleTalk, a communications protocol used on Apple® and Macintosh® networks, can be used for LAN to LAN connections, but those protocols cannot connect from the Internet to a LAN.

8. Does the router support ICQ send file?

Yes, with the following fix:  click ICQ menu > preference > connections tab, and check I am behind a firewall or proxy.  Then set the firewall time-out to 80 seconds in the firewall setting.  The Internet user can then send a file to a user behind the router.

9. Is the router cross-platform compatible?

Any platform that supports Ethernet and TCP/IP is compatible with the router.

10. Is IPSec Passthrough supported by the router?

Yes, it is a built-in feature that the router automatically enables.

11. Does the router pass PPTP packets or actively route PPTP sessions?

Yes.  The router allows PPTP packets to pass through.

12. Where can I download an updated firmware for this device?

Updated firmware for this device is available at the Downloads section of the Linksys WRT54G product page.  For detailed instructions on how to update your firmware, click here.

13. What operating system do I need to have on my computer to work with the Linksys WRT54G?

Any Windows-based or Apple® computer that supports TCP/IP protocol will work with the Linksys WRT54G.

SETTINGS

1. Where do I check the wireless network name of the Linksys WRT54G router?

To check the wireless network name or SSID, access the Linksys WRT54G web-based setup page, click on the Status tab then click on the Wireless sub-tab.

NOTE:  For detailed instructions on how to access the web-based setup page of your router, click here.  If you are using a Mac® computer, click here.

2. How can I set up a password to secure my wireless network?

Setting up a wireless security key or password to your network is the best way to prevent other people from using your wireless Internet connection.  To do this, access your router’s web-based setup page, select Wireless then click on the Wireless Security sub-tab.  For detailed instructions, click here.

3. How do I set up the Linksys WRT54G without the setup CD?

You can set up the router manually by accessing the router’s web-based setup page or by downloading the setup wizard from the Linksys WRT54G support page.  For instructions on how to set up your router manually, click on the specific link that applies to your Internet connection type:

Setting up a Linksys router with Cable Internet service
Setting up a Linksys router with DSL Internet service
Setting up a router with a Static IP account

TROUBLESHOOTING

1. How can I block corrupted FTP downloads?

If you are experiencing corrupted files when you download a file with your FTP client, try using another FTP software.

2. Can multiple gamers on the LAN get on one game server and play simultaneously with just one (1) public IP Address?

It depends on which network game or what kind of game server you are using.  For example, Unreal Tournament supports multi-login with one (1) public IP Address.  Otherwise, game servers most commonly do not allow logins using the same IP Address.

3. What should I do if the web page hangs, the downloadable attachments are corrupt or if nothing but junk characters are being displayed on the screen?

Set your Ethernet adapter to 10 Mbps or half duplex mode, and turn off the Auto-negotiate feature of your Ethernet adapter as a temporary measure.  This is located at the Network Control Panel in your Ethernet adapter’s Advanced Properties tab.  Make sure that your proxy setting is disabled in the browser.

4. If all else fails in the installation, what can I do?

First, you can reset the router.  To do this, press and hold the Reset button for 30 seconds until the Power LED turns ON and OFF.  You can also power cycle your Cable or DSL modem by unplugging the power cord from the power outlet for at least a minute then plug it back in.  Then update the firmware of your router.  To learn how to upgrade your router’s firmware, click here.

5. If DMZ Hosting is used, does the exposed user share the public IP with the router?

No.

6. How many ports can be simultaneously forwarded?

Theoretically, the router can establish 520 sessions at the same time, but you can only forward 10 ranges of ports.

7. How do I get mIRC to work with the router?

Under the Port Forwarding tab, set port forwarding to 113 for the IP Address of the computer on which you are using mIRC.

8. How do I prevent other devices from connecting to my network?

Wireless MAC Filtering allows you to control which wireless devices may or may not communicate with your router based on their MAC Addresses.  For more information about Wireless MAC Filtering, click here.

9. How can I resolve the Connected - Internet not available error message on a wireless device?

This error message will appear if you are connected to a router or access point that does not have active Internet connection.  Make sure that your router is properly configured for Internet connection.  For instructions on setting up your router, click on the links below:

Cable connection
DSL connection
Static IP

SPECIAL FEATURES

1. How do I set up additional devices using Secure Easy Setup™?

Repeat the Secure Easy Setup™ process for each device until all of your devices have been configured.

2. Where is my Secure Easy Setup™ button?

On the router, the Secure Easy Setup™ button is located on the front panel.  The button should be lit in either orange or white color.  For other Secure Easy Setup™ devices, refer to each wireless device's documentation to locate the button on that device.

3. I have devices that support WPA-Personal security, but do not have Secure Easy Setup™.  Can I still use Secure Easy Setup™?

Yes.  Print out the wireless security settings at the end of the Secure Easy Setup™ process, and then manually configure the settings for your non-Secure Easy Setup™ devices.  Refer to each wireless device’s documentation for instructions on how to enter these settings.

4. Is it possible to wirelessly connect my TV or other wireless devices to a computer that is connected to my router?

No.  Any wireless device like a wireless TV can be connected directly to the router but not through the computer that is connected to it.

5. Does the Linksys WRT54G router have a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) feature so I can monitor my entire network?

No.  An SNMP feature is used to monitor devices within a large network as a management system.  The Linksys WRT54G router has a limited network monitoring system, restricted only to monitor incoming and outgoing network traffic.  The Linksys WRT54G does not support SNMP as it is a consumer device meant for home networks or small office.

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