Defective Batch of Linksys Routers?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by wireless user, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. I just returned my WRT54G and exchanged it for the same on the
    salesman's reccomendation. This second one has the same problem as
    the first. After setting it all up and enabling WPA it works for
    about five minutes. Then, although the wireless connection on the PC
    reports a strong connection to the router, it cannot access the

    I have a Linksys WMP54G PCI card in the computer.

    If I was doing something wrong it wouldn't work at all, would it?
    That's what is baffling me. That it works great for a little while,
    always about five minutes, and then after that there is nothing I can
    do to get it to work again except shut it all down and go back to it
    later on.

    Is this a common problem with this model?
    wireless user, Apr 3, 2004
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  2. wireless user

    Duane Arnold Guest

    They make these routers like pop corn and you can run into a bad batch made
    by any manufacture. A person happened to post awhile back, that he had to
    return the router three times until he got one that was functional.

    So you can take the router back and maybe the second time will be a charm
    for you. <g>

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Apr 3, 2004
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  3. Sounds like the XP WPA bug.

    First, upgrade the WRT54G and the WMP54G to the latest firmware and drivers

    Then, on the WRT54G, set the group key renewal to 3600 and restart the
    router. In XP, edit the registry and add a DWORD registry key called
    "AuthMode" (no quotes) to
    "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\EAPOL\Parameters\General\Global" set
    it to 2 (i.e. 00000002) and restart the computer afterwards. Kudos to
    whoever came up with the registry key fix. It is usually best to back up
    the registry before making modifications.

    Yves Konigshofer, Apr 3, 2004
  4. Thanks for that. One question: If I create that key do I
    double-click it to set the value? If I double-click it to set the
    value I get a choice to make it hex or decimal. Which is it?
    wireless user, Apr 3, 2004
  5. wireless user

    Duane Arnold Guest

    The Decimal and Hexadecimal number systems from 0-9 are the same. The number
    systems change at Decimal 10 which is Hexadecimal 0A 0B is 11 0C is 12 0D
    is 13. There is a Calculator on the Windows O/S and from the View menu
    option, can be set to a Scientific Notation calculator that will allow you
    to enter a Decimal number and convert it to Hexadecimal base 15, Octal base
    8 and Binary base 1.

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Apr 3, 2004
  6. wireless user

    Buzz Off Guest

    Lol! Thank you Duane.
    Buzz Off, Apr 3, 2004
  7. BTW, Duane that (Buzz Off) guy is me. I am using the wireless
    computer (the fix seemed to work) and I forgot to check the User ID in
    the newsreader. I hope you didn't think I was telling you to buzz
    off. I appreciate your help.
    wireless user, Apr 3, 2004
  8. wireless user

    Doug Jamal Guest

    There are a great deal of people who loves the Linksys routers, I
    happen to not be one of them. I could never have any success with
    them nor their notebook cards. I switched to Netgear and voila! All
    is well. Still, there are many people whoses experiences with Netgear
    are negative. My suggestion is that you return the card and router,
    try a different brand. Take care.
    Doug Jamal, Apr 3, 2004
  9. This fixed it. Thank you. I am amazed that the support techs aren't
    told about this. It should be part of the installation to add this
    key. From reading the newsgroups and the board it sounds like a lot
    of people are having this problem.
    wireless user, Apr 3, 2004
  10. And it's not just limited to Linksys users. For some reason, this is
    currently the default behavior of WPA-PSK under XP (it tries to
    reauthenticate after logon).

    As for the Linksys techs, they might know but it's probably a bad idea to
    tell most home users to edit their registry. However, the techs also seem
    to be a bit out of the loop in terms of developments regarding their
    products. The WPC54G now comes with a new manual and quick install guide
    that no longer have separate installation instructions for XP. I think that
    the hardware developers now want all users to install the Linksys utility,
    which has an embedded Odyssey client. This replaces the WZC service and WPA
    connections always work. The techs still think that one should not install
    the utility under XP (this is the case with the WPC11v3 and was the case
    with the WPC54G). In a way, they are right since using the utility appears
    to make it impossible to establish a wireless connection until after logon,
    which may be needed if your logon requires network access. But, if the
    utility is installed, most home users will not need to worry about the WPA
    bug and the utility provides more information than Windows regarding
    available access points.

    Yves Konigshofer, Apr 3, 2004
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