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Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by Sylvia M, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. Sylvia M

    Sylvia M Guest

    I have the Linksys Wireless-C Broadband with 4 point switch: Model
    #WRT54GS Y7
    and...I just bought a tablet...
    the Linksys can 'do' WIFI, but they don't 'see' each other.
    Paperwork on the tablet sez The wireless router must support WiFi
    802.11b/g connections.
    I also don't know if there are aps that I might want that work
    independent of WiFi once downloaded.

    When I go to the Linksys URL, I get conflicting info whether my model
    does, or does not support the b/g configuration.
    I can download an upgrade, but don't know if it will give the b/g
    connections needed for my tablet to connect to the internet,
    or if I really need a newer router, as "Support" suggests.

    I really don't want to reconfigure a new router.
    Will I also have to reconfigure after the upgrade?

    Any help appreciated.

    Sylvia M.
     
    Sylvia M, Aug 2, 2014
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  2. In the user manual for your model the following info is available.

    "Wireless Network Mode
    From this drop-down menu,
    you can select the wireless standards running on your
    network. If you have both 802.11g and 802.11b devices
    in your network, keep the default setting, Mixed
    .. If you have only 802.11g devices, select G-Only
    .. If you have only 802.11b devices, select B-Only
    .. If you do not have any 802.11g and 802.11b devices in your network,
    select Disable"
    So it sounds like the answer is yes the router can support B/G mode if
    you have it configured for "Mixed".

    Hope this helps with your question.
     
    GlowingBlueMist, Aug 3, 2014
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  3. :On 8/2/2014 6:44 PM, GlowingBlueMist wrote
    One last thought, if your router is already set by B/G and your tablet
    does not see it verify your router also has the SSID active, most likely
    it is. Possibly a new scan for all available networks on the tablet
    followed by the router's password once it finds it will get you going.
     
    GlowingBlueMist, Aug 3, 2014
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  4. Sylvia M

    Sylvia M Guest

    Thanks for the clues...

    Router Wireless Settings are listed as :
    Wireless network mode is : Mixed
    It has a Wireless Name (SSID) listed and I recognize it one I use on
    Linksys.
    though different than Network Name or Router Password,
    which are different by three capital letters rather than lower
    case..
    It also has a Wireless Name (SSID) listed as Enable ...???

    My tablet
    recognized the Router's "wireless name", and wanted a password.
    I gave it the Router's Password.Settings for WiFi = ON
    Accounts: + Google
    +Add Account

    HOWEVER Tablet sez "No Connection, Retry",
    and Google Browser on tablet sez "no connection"


    My Network window on Router shows our 2 wireless
    devices = laptop and printer in other room, and my wired PC,
    but router does not see the tablet
    and, I bought the tablet to download and use aps, and have fun?<<sigh>>

    ?
     
    Sylvia M, Aug 4, 2014
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  5. Sylvia M

    Sylvia M Guest

    BTW, I was at a poetry reading in a coffee cafe that had WiFi last nite,
    and I brought my tablet with me.
    We connected just fine and I downloaded a couple of books and a game.
     
    Sylvia M, Aug 4, 2014
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  6. It does sound strange that the laptop can access the router but not the
    tablet.

    It looks like your user manual says the router supports WEP which is an
    older and unsecure encryption method (it only takes a few minutes to
    break in). But it might be just using the older WEP name and actually
    be using WPA2 (hopefully).

    Might not hurt to see what security method does your laptop is using to
    access the router, WEP or WPA2.

    Then try and make sure your tablet is using the same security method
    along with the same password as the laptop. Many laptops will let you
    see the password it is using if you ask it nicely (grin).

    Might help to know what brand/model tablet you are using if things still
    don't work for you.
     
    GlowingBlueMist, Aug 4, 2014
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  7. Sylvia M

    Sylvia M Guest

    *** yet the tablet can see the router.
    Doubt it, it's never been upgraded and must be at least 7 years old.
    *** Sorry, just WEP
    Tablet is an APEX digital
    TM785CH Internet tablet with a 7.85 inch display

    I'll try to get the Linksys update installed in the next few days, then
    I'll post back.
    (I'll probable need to re-do the details, which I can see, but they
    won't print out for me...
    lines and lines of them.
    oh well, another issue or two ;-(

    I may get to a quiet, unused free WiFi place first.
    Thanks for the help.
    Sylvia
     
    Sylvia M, Aug 5, 2014
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  8. On 8/4/2014 6:03 PM, Sylvia M wrote:
    One thing that might help with the upgrade is to go through all of the
    web pages on the router one-at-a-time and either print them to paper
    screen-by-screen or what I like to do is print them to a PDF file using
    the simulated printer called PDFCreator which is freeware. It might be
    a little slow for many but it will store the PDF files to your hard drive.

    You can find it at: http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator/download

    I like having the info on my hard drive in PDF format. That way should
    the router later crash I'm not looking around for a bundle of papers to
    configure a new one.

    IE, Firefox, and I'm sure Chrome browsers can all print to what ever you
    have in your PC's printer configuration be it a real paper printer or
    one of those PDF virtual printers. If you can read it on the screen you
    can print it to somewhere.

    Yes I can do a backup of the configuration file (and do) but there is
    never a 100% chance the old configuration will reload into an upgraded
    router with out some hidden errors turning up later.
     
    GlowingBlueMist, Aug 5, 2014
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  9. Sylvia M

    Sylvia M Guest


    Yes, good idea, I'll accomplish that before updating the router' but
    probably
    not till the weekend.I used to have PrintKey on my toolbar,
    When it disappeared I downloaded another, but my Eset security wouldn't
    let me keep it.
    I might just take screenshots with my tablet or camera and print those
    out.
    I have a PDF program...when I used it for the router's 3 pager, It did
    no better
    than the printer...bottom line of one page..but that's for another
    newsgroup ;-)
     
    Sylvia M, Aug 5, 2014
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  10. Sylvia M

    Sylvia M Guest

    I've mad screen shots of all the router info pages, and also added my PC
    to
    wireless and screenprinted that info. My tablet was down on power, so I
    didnt so that yet.
    BTW, I did my screenshots by hitting control and the Print Screen keys
    (never noticed the print screen key before). then went to a Word.doc,
    and pasted (control v or 'paste') rhen treated eaach screenprint as a
    photo,
    and cropped all but the linksys window portion ... sweet!
    I'm getting there. Seems that I'll need to upgrade a bit before the
    Big Upgrade.
    The more I read the more complicated it gets, but I'm glad I saved 12
    screenshots tonite!

    Sylvia
     
    Sylvia M, Aug 6, 2014
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