linksys router problem

Linksys Wrt54g2 wireless g router
August 20, 2010 at 10:47:43
Specs: Macintosh
I have a mac and dell on network, when I got laptop it could not get connection. I reboot and then it's ok but old computer can not get connection. I reboot and then new laptop can not get connection.

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August 20, 2010 at 11:07:22
What type of Linksys router, n g or whatever? Which computer is having the problem?

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August 20, 2010 at 13:44:46
thanks for your help. Linksys WRT54G ver2.
I'm really not using the dell. When I reboot the router it changes which computers get on...there are 2 mac books one imac

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August 20, 2010 at 20:46:53
If you are using Linksys software try updating the router with Tomato(Linux based). As you know you have to use the Dell to set the network up. Once you have set WPA and your ssid address and passwords all up, the MAC's should see the network and you can then log into the network with them.

You can get Tomatoe here;

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August 21, 2010 at 05:00:56
sorry for the ignorance, but I don't know if I'm using Linksys software. When I spoke to Linksys briefly the only thing I got out of them was that there was no limit of the quantity of computers (something like 30). Also, just tell me why do I need dell to set up network and the fact that it is Linus based, how does that affect me? If all of this applies to me, I'm not sure how to fill in numbers to set up or in which category I belong in.

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August 21, 2010 at 05:43:37
Also, just tell me why do I need dell to set up network and the fact that it is Linus based, how does that affect me?

You don't have to setup the router with the Dell computer. I'm not sure why 'capt' said that, perhaps he isn't familiar with Mac's and that's why. Regardless, the router couldn't care less what operating system you're using. The fact that this router is Linux based doesn't matter at this point either so don't worry about it. I'm pretty sure 'capt' mentioned it, and Tomato firmware because he likes using Tomato on Linux based I do.

Anyhow, let's skip the confusion and deal with the problem.

I would suggest you do the following, in order:

1) Check your router's firmware version and then go to Linksys's site and see if there's a newer version available for your unit. If there is, update it. If not, go to the next step.

2) Reset the router to factory defaults. To do this, with the unit on, press and hold the 'reset' button for 10 seconds and then let it reboot. Login to the management interface and setup your wireless. Don't be stupid, use WPA encryption and a strong password.

3) Join first one computer, and then the other, to the wireless network.

Once you've finished, both should connect properly without hassle.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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August 21, 2010 at 09:02:59
Curt is correct about the MAC, and I apologize. I have always linked into an existing Linksys system, that was set up with a Windows system, with a MAC. Here is a site that shows you step by step how to set up your MAC;

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August 21, 2010 at 12:20:43
thank you for your help. I think I did it. Problem is right now, I just put in the default settings and I need to go back and change password. Supposedly I need to go back to webpage of IP address and browser won't let me. Linksys site says there might be a problem with that. I tried on other computer and still a can't. Any ideas how to go back and change password and get rid of default network? thanks

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