August 12, 2004
Linksys WAG54GUK Wireless ADSL Modem Experiences

So I ordered the Linksys WAG54GUK Wireless 4 Port ADSL Modem Gateway with Firewall the day before Rich tipped me about his bad experiences with it. Still, installation was a breeze: hooking the box up with a network cable initially, then configuring the connection parameters, setting up WEP Security etc - all nicely explained in the Quick Start guide and easy for anyone who has filled in forms on the web before.

Then *drum roll* unplugging my PC, I tried to connect wirelessly. Carefully entering my 26 digit 128bit WEP key, I got .... no connection. RTFM, I thought, and read... and read and read the troubleshooting section and all. Maybe my PCMCIA Wifi card wasn't up to the challenge? A second, natively wifi enabled laptop tried connecting with same result.

Fiddling about with the settings, amazingly I managed to make both PCs connect only after setting and using a lesser (10 digit) WEP encryption key. No BIG deal, but weird nevertheless.... Now the connection is permanently on under the motto "it if works, don't fix it" ;-) If anyone finds a WiFi network named "extrospection.com" and want to leech access, let me know... :-)

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Hm. I've got mine WAG54G (no UK here) a while ago [1] and it works flawlessly, even with long WEP keys. Perhaps the UK-version is any different from the-rest-of-the-world-version?

[1] http://www.hebig.org/blogs/archives/main/001493.php

Posted by: Haiko on August 13, 2004 01:06 AM

How about updating the firmware?

http://www.linksys.com/international/firmware.asp?intfwid=32&coid=6

Should help you in the right direction...

Posted by: Mr. T on August 15, 2004 09:36 AM
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