I have been trying to setup a Linksys WRT54G wireless router connected to my Windows 7 PC but I am having problems getting my Windows 7 PC to recognize the WRT54G device. I have been using a Microsoft MN 700 wireless router for years and it is still working fine. I was hoping to get the newer WRT54G connected but have had no luck. Windows 7 still thinks it is talking to a MN 700 wireless router. When i bring up Microsoft Broadband Network Utility it only list the MN 700 as known network devices. Can anyone give me step by step direction on how to correct this problem? Linksys is no help at all. For a lot of money they will consider talking to me about my problem. That is not a viable solution.
(Solved) - setup WRT54G wireless router on Window 7(27 posts)
I had one previously and it is in the closet now but found this in my notes
using firmware version WRT54G_4.30.5_US_code.bin
1) Before you start, be sure you are using a PC that is connected to the WRT54G
via a wired (Ethernet) connection.
2) Open your web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.)
3) In the Address bar, type in the IP address of your router. The default IP
address is 192.168.1.1.
4) Leave the username blank and enter your password. The default password is "admin",
all lower case.
Everyone is telling me how to connect to the WRT54G and I appreciate that. I did that and got into the WRT54G. Now that I am in there what do I do to make Windows 7 see the router? What do I enter and where do I enter it. My internet provider is Bel South which is now ATT. My MN 700 works great but I really would like to use the Linksys WRT54G. Can anyone guide me through this setup?
You need the old Linksys white manual I'm looking at right now.
Let me see if I can find a copy on-line for you.
Enter ONLY number and download USER GUIDE Manual here.
Is your modem a Westell or Motorola and is it setup as a bridge ??
I too am on one the last of the old bellsouth servers so we may live close to each other.
You may E-mail me.
I already downloaded the Linksys user guide but I guess I am not smart enough to follow what it is telling me to do.
My modem is a Westell. I live in Pleasant Garden, NC. I don't have your e-mail address.
Is this the same router in your post that raphoenix linked? The one that came from an auction? If it is, I suggested in that post to reset the router to factory default just to clear up any changes to the router setup made by the original owner which might not be applicable to your setup.Have you tried it?
G41M; Yes I did reset the router to factory defaults. My computer still does not recognize the router as a WRT54G wireless router. My computer thinks it is a MN 700 router which is the wireless router I have been using for years.
I suggest not to use Microsoft Broadband Network Utility since it is programmed for Microsoft products like your MN 700, or better temporarily uninstall the utility (you can always re-install). This might be conflicting/hindering the Linksys configuration.
Also, what do you mean by "...getting my Windows 7 PC to recognize the WRT54G device". Does this mean that when click on the Network icon at the bottom right of the desktop does not show your Linksys or the SSID for the Linksys from the "Wireless Network Connection"?
There is no way I am going to uninstall the MN 700 software and take the chance that I may be able to get it working again. I cannot take the risk of being without my wireless network. When I am testing the Linksys I disconnect the MN 700 that should be good enough.
When I am testing the Linksys and I bring up the Microsoft Broadband Network Utility it shows the WRT54G as a MN 700. When I open the Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center and try to setup the Internet connection it gives me a 651 error whatever that means. I am convinced that I have some setting within the WRT54G set wrong but so far I have not been able to find out what that is. It also could be something I need to change in the Westell router provided to me by BellSouth (now ATT) for my DSL connection. But if you contact them all they want to do is sell you a new DSL router. They are not interested in working with you to make the one you have work. When I was originally setting up the MN 700 they told me it would not work with the Westell router and I proved them wrong.
You don't have to change anything in the Westell modem. What you have to do is configure the WRT54G. You said you have gotten into the WRT54G. You have to configure your router to your Internet Connection Type whether you use DHCP, PPPOe or Static IP and other basic configuration. This will depend on your ISP. Try to follow the manual. The basic setup is all you need this time and then, if you like, later on go to advanced configuration.
If you can't get these information from your ISP. Connect your MN 700 and fire up Microsoft Broadband Network Utility. You might get these information from it.
You might want to reset the TCP/IP stack? I can't guarantee it will work, but it might be worth a try. Be forewarned, some programs, like A/V's and firewalls will link into the stack and on reset, you might need to activate or even re-install them.
Give it a try if you wish, see HERE.
Feel not up to it, the link has a FIXIT button too.
Can also scan the registry with REGEDIT I guess and look and see if the MN700 is buried in there. Export the item and then delete it and see if that helps. Doesn't, double click on the .REG saved file and put it back.
I did a scan of the registry with REGEDIT and found mn-700. I exported it then deleted the entry. I added an entry for the WRT54G that followed the style of the one that was in there for the mn-700. I then restarted my PC. it didn't work so I put the registry back the way it was with the mn-700 entry. At least I got back my mn-700 wireless network. Thanks for the idea but it didn't work.
I had a chat session with LINKSYS and they told me to use the setup program that is on the CD that came with the WRT54G. I told them I purchased this one used at an auction and it did not have the CD. I asked if I could download the setup program and they told me it was not available for download. How do you like that! Nice people aren't they.
Not sure if this is what you are after but take a look at the links on the left hand side : http://www.linksysbycisco.com/UK/en/support/WRT54G
Edit: LarrySr that was the wrong link try this : http://www6.nohold.net/Cisco2/.....38;slnid=2
I looked at the link you provided. It tells me to setup my LINKSYS wireless router I must have an active connect to the internet and be connected to my LINKSYS wireless router. That is not possible! I have one Ethernet connection on my computer. The LINKSYS WRT54G wireless router only has Ethernet connections. If I connect to the WRT54G I can not be connected to the internet at the same time. Thanks for trying. I still need the Setup CD.
Even if you have the setup CD it will basically accomplished same result as manual configuration through the user guide (manual). I had the same Linksys model once and the accompanying setup CD. And believe me, the CD setup won't help you when problems with the configuration arise. It will just terminate the setup with and error message with no clear-cut explanation on the error.
The CD is a step by step guide such as this http://www.quickline.com/Shop/.....t54g2.pdf.
You can both use ethernet cable and WiFi on the WRT54G but Windows will of course not allow you connect to the at the same time. Windows by default will prioritize the the one with the fastest connection via "automatic metric" on the TCP/IP properties.
G41M; you are missing my point. I have one computer running. If I want working internet then I have my ethernet cable connected to my DSL router and that gives me a working internet connection. To configure the WRT54G according to the link you provide I must have a working internet connection and have the WRT54G connected to my computer at the same time. With only one ethernet connection on my computer and it connected to the DSL to provide the working internet connection that doesn't leave any ethernet connection to use on the WRT54G to configure it. I guess i will just stay with the working MN-700 wireless router and scrap the WRT54G router because there is no way that I can figure out to get it working. If I could find someone who has it working with a DSL connection from the old Bell South using a Westell DSL router and I could get them to write down all the information from there setup maybe I could get it working but the chance of finding this is very small. So I guess I will just stay with what I have working.
I followed the direction from the links you provided above. One of the things it told me to do was to change the IP address for the Linksys router from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.2.1 which I did. When I did this the router started working and I was able to get to the internet so I thought I finally had everything working. However; when I tried to access my wireless network from my laptop it was unable to connect. It saw the wireless network but it was unable to connect. It said that the wireless network had limited capabilities and that it had a bad IP address. If I changed the IP address of the Linksys router back to the 192.168.1.1 then my wireless network stopped working again. Back to ground zero!
I went back and tried your last suggestions but turned off security and it came up and worked even when I tried to connect with my laptop. I then went in and setup WEP security and it would not connect with my laptop. It said the wireless network had limited ability. So; I change the security to WPA2 Personal and everything started working. I could connect with my laptop (as long as I first gave it the security key) and everything works great. Any ideas why the WEP security will not work? In any case I can live with it working with WPA2 Personal security.
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