[driverloader] WPC54G Can't connect to WRT54G

Marc Boucher marc at linuxant.com
Thu Feb 19 17:22:27 EST 2004

Hi Matt,

Does the card associate with the WRT54G once the ESSID is set? (you can 
do that manually with "iwconfig eth1 essid xxx").
When the card is associated,  "iwconfig eth"1 should show the AP's mac 
address, and a "Connected" message should appear in the kernel log. 
(which can be displayed with the dmesg command)

What firmware version is the WRT54G running? which version of the 
WPC54G driver are you using? Did you check if a newer version was 
available for either of these from www.linksys.com? If yes, I would 
recommend upgrading it.

Also, did you try to reset the router to factory defaults? (by holding 
the reset button down until the diag led goes red and the unit 
reboots).. Even if you might have only changed the ESSID, perhaps 
someone else modified other settings (in the unlikely but possible 
situation that your unit might have been previously used at the store 
or purchased/returned).


On Feb 19, 2004, at 2:48 PM, Matt Rodkey wrote:

>   I have a WPC54G Card that I use on my laptop running Fedora Core 1
> (kernel 2.4.22-1.2166.nptl).  I am able to connect to Access Points
> both at work and at cyber cafes (None of these have WEP enabled) using
> redhat_config_network.
>   I recently purchased a WRT54G for use at home and have set it up with
> basically the default settings. I changed the default ESSID and that is
> about it.
> I cannot seem to get my laptop to connect to the AP though (At this
> point I have disabled WEP to just try to get the simple case working).
> Here are some relevant facts:
> - My AP shows up when running iwlist scan eth1
> - If I try to activate the interface from redhat_config network I get
> back a message saying it could not ping (which is wierd
> since my AP is using 192.168.1.x for internal IPs)
> - If try to use dhclient directly to contact the DHCP server (after
> making sure the ESSID is correct for eth1) I get back no offers.
> Any ideas what I need to do?  I am guessing there is something I need
> to setup on my AP since the card and driver seem to be functioning
> properly.
> Thanks for any help,
> Matt
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