Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router from Hell!

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May 12, 2010 at 03:59:55
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 2.8 GHz / 2815 MB
I have a Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router and a Westell Dsl Modem connected to my computer. I have tried just about everything and I cannot get the Yesllow exclamamtion point to go away and give me access to the internet while having my Wireless Router connected. I have AT&T as my broadband service provider. I have heard that these routers were junk and they have had more issues that the average router. Can someone please advise.


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#1
May 12, 2010 at 04:48:25
Is the Westell Dsl Modem really a pure modem.
Maybe it's also a router and you're running into an ip address conflict.
So the Linksys router by default has the ip address 192.168.1.1. If the Westell Dsl Modem has the same ip address, you'll get such problem.

The original poster should always write the last response !!!
Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!


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#2
May 12, 2010 at 05:17:07
This Yellow exclamation mark you refer to, is it in Device Manager. If so then it is not the Router or Modem that is the problem, it is you Network Interface Card which probably needs drivers. Only when you have that sorted can you begin to configure your modem/router.

Nothing related to routers or modems ever appears in device manager unless they are connected via USB and then they appear in the USB section..

Stuart


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#3
May 12, 2010 at 07:50:52
I just read thats its an adsl2+router

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#4
May 12, 2010 at 07:57:30
Where do you read this?

If the router is connected via Ethernet it wont be in Device Manager as the Operating system has no way of know what is on the other end except that it is another Ethernet device.

Stuart


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#5
May 12, 2010 at 08:05:04
It's printed on the bottom sticker attached to the unit. So now that I know that my modem is a router also, how do I
make it work with my wireless router?

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#6
May 12, 2010 at 08:32:40
Click on my name above in my response and read my "how-to" guide on adding a second router.

You will want to use the LAN port to LAN port scenario and you'll want DHCP disabled on the downstream (second) router.

Don't forget to configure WPA encryption and a complex encryption key on the wireless network.


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#7
May 12, 2010 at 08:45:32
Before you do anything you need to get rid of that yellow exclamation point. you haven't yet told us where it is you see it.

Stuart


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#8
May 12, 2010 at 10:08:39
Disconnect the Linksys Router first.
Make sure, your PC is configured to get ip address via DHCP.
Connect the PC directly to a LAN port of the Westell Modem Router.
You should now get an ip address automatically.
Maybe you have to click Start / Run and type
cmd
then click ok.
Type in:
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /all

The default gateway is the ip address of the Westell Modem Router.
So open your web browser and type in the ip address of your Westell Modem Router.
Login to the Westell and check or change the configuration.
If the local ip address is 192.168.1.1, it's the same address that the Linksys Router uses by default and must be changed, so that you can connect both without ip address conflict.
I would suggest to use 192.168.1.2.
Disable DHCP in the settings of the Westell.
When done, disconnect the PC from the Westell and connect the Linksys to the Westell LAN port.
Connect the PC to a LAN port of the Linksys Router.
And again:
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /all
Now default gateway it the Linksys Routers ip address.
In web browser type in the ip address of the Linksys Router, login to the web interface of the Linksys Router and make the configuration for the Linksys Router.

The original poster should always write the last response !!!
Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!


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#9
May 12, 2010 at 11:08:03
Ok, I am so confused. I am a DIYer and I like to work things out step by step on my own. Here are my Westell settings below. Please advise. Thanks
Kenny

DSL UP
Internet Connection UP
User ID username@att.net
Downstream Rate 6016 Kbps
Upstream Rate 768 Kbps
Internet IP Address 99.xxx.xxx.218
Internet Gateway Address 99.xxx.xxx.254
DNS Servers 68.xxx.xxx.1 dnsr1.sbcglobal.net
68.xxx.xxx.1 dnsr2.sbcglobal.net
Mode PPP on the modem (Private IP for LAN device)
Timeout 20 minutes

Modem Information

Modem Name
ProLine
Model F90-610025-06
Serial Number 09AK10067768
Software Version VER:01.00.06.05
MAC Address 00:23:97:99:3A:36
First Use Date 02/18/2010 22:43:26 GMT

Local Network

Modem IP Address
192.168.1.254
Ethernet Status Connected


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#10
May 12, 2010 at 12:12:57
I changed a few things in your post. Some of that info you don't really want to advertise publicly.

Having said that.

Start with the Linksys router disconnected from your network and ensure everything is working properly on the Westell.

Once you're satisfied everything is working ok, check the DHCP settings on the Westell and make note of the DHCP Scope (usually it's 100 to 199 on most SOHO Routers).

Then, click on my name above, read my "how-to" guide on adding a second router. You're going to want to use the version where you connect LAN port to LAN port (ie: LAN port on upstream to LAN port on downstream).

Once it's connected and working, and clients plugged in to it can get an IP from DHCP, then configure your wireless network using WPA encryption.

If you are a DYI'er, then my guide should be all you need to get the second router, and it's wireless network, working. I get the feeling you didn't even look at it....


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#11
May 12, 2010 at 12:22:32
I did but I will try again. You make it sound so easy. I'll get back to you if I have any questions.

Kenny


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#12
May 17, 2010 at 06:42:39
I did what you advised on your past post and no luck.

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#13
May 17, 2010 at 07:14:13
Hmmm....well, I hate to say it but, it's worked for me numerous times. Which is why I created the how-to guide.

I would recommend at this point you reset the router to it's factory defaults (with the router on - hold the reset button in for a slow 10 count and release and let it reboot). Once you've done that, start over from scratch. Disable DHCP, configure a LAN IP that's outside the DHCP scope of your other router (but in the same subnet of course) give it the same Subnet Mask as the other router and the Default Gateway IP should be the IP of your other router.

If that doesn't work, then your router may have other issues and need to be replaced.


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