® A Division of Cisco Systems, Inc. Wireless-G 802.11g User Guide Broadband Router WIRELESS WRK54G v1.1 Model No.
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Wireless-G Broadband Router Table of Contents Chapter 1: Introduction Welcome What’s in this Guide? Chapter 2: Planning Your Wireless Network Network Topology Ad-Hoc versus Infrastructure Mode Network Layout Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Wireless-G Broadband Router The Back The Front Panel Chapter 4: Connecting the Wireless-G Broadband Router Hardware Installation for Connection to the Broadband Router Chapter 5: Configuring the Wireless-G Broadband Router...
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Administration Tab - Firmware Upgrade The Status Tab - Router The Status Tab - Local Network The Status Tab - Wireless Appendix A: Troubleshooting Common Problems and Solutions Frequently Asked Questions Appendix B: Wireless Security Security Precautions Security Threats Facing Wireless Networks Appendix C: Upgrading Firmware Appendix D: Windows Help...
Wireless-G Broadband Router List of Figures Figure 3-1: The Broadband Router’s Back Panel Figure 3-2: The Broadband Router’s Front Panel Figure 4-1: Connecting Your Internet Connection Figure 4-2: Connecting Your Network Devices Figure 4-3: Connecting the Power Figure 5-1: Password Screen Figure 5-2: Setup Tab - Basic Setup Figure 5-3: Static IP Connection Type Figure 5-4: PPPoE Connection Type...
Wireless-G Broadband Router Figure 5-26: List of PCs Figure 5-27: Security Tab - VPN Passthrough Figure 5-28: Applications and Gaming Tab - Port Range Forward Figure 5-29: Applications and Gaming Tab - Port Triggering Figure 5-30: Applications and Gaming Tab - UPnP Forwarding Figure 5-31: Applications and Gaming Tab - DMZ Figure 5-32: Applications and Gaming Tab - DMZ Figure 5-33: Administration Tab - Management...
Chapter 1: Introduction Welcome Thank you for choosing the Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router. The Wireless-G Broadband Router will allow you to network wirelessly better than ever, sharing Internet access, files and fun, easily and securely. How does the Wireless-G Broadband Router do all of this? A router is a device that allows access to an Internet connection over a network.
Wireless-G Broadband Router What’s in this Guide? This user guide covers the steps for setting up and using the Wireless-G Broadband Router. • Chapter 1: Introduction This chapter describes the Router’s applications and this User Guide. • Chapter 2: Planning Your Wireless Network This chapter describes the basics of wireless networking.
• Appendix I: Regulatory Information This appendix supplies the regulatory information regarding the Router. • Appendix J: Contact Information This appendix provides contact information for a variety of Linksys resources, including Technical Support. Chapter 1: Introduction What’s in this Guide?
Infrastructure mode. The basis of Infrastructure mode centers around a wireless router or an access point, such as the Wireless-G Broadband Router, which serves as the main point of communications in a wireless network. The Router transmits data to PCs equipped with wireless network adapters, which can roam within a certain radial range of the Router.
Linksys's switches (such as the EZXS55W or EZXS88W). With these, and many other, Linksys products, your networking options are limitless. Go to the Linksys website at www.linksys.com for more information about products that work with the Wireless-G Broadband Router.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Wireless-G Broadband Router The Back The Broadband Router's ports, where the cables are connected, are located on the back panel. Figure 3-1: The Broadband Router’s Back Panel Reset Button There are two ways to reset the Broadband Router's factory defaults. Either press the Reset Button, for approximately five seconds, or restore the defaults from the Administration tab - Factory Defaults in the Broadband Router's Web-based Utility.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Front Panel The Router’s LEDs, where information about network activity is displayed, are located on the front panel. Figure 3-2: The Broadband Router’s Front Panel Power Green. The Power LED lights up and will stay on while the Router is powered on. When the Router goes through its self-diagnostic mode during every boot-up, this LED will flash.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Chapter 4: Connecting the Wireless-G Broadband Router Hardware Installation for Connection to the Broadband Router 1. Power down your network devices. 2. Locate an optimum location for the Broadband Router. The best place for the Broadband Router is usually at the center of your wireless network, with line of sight to all of your mobile stations.
Wireless-G Broadband Router 5. Connect your network PCs or Ethernet devices to the Broadband Router’s numbered ports using standard Ethernet network cabling. Figure 4-2: Connecting Your Network Devices 6. Connect the AC power adapter to the Broadband Router's Power port and the other end into an electrical outlet.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Chapter 5: Configuring the Wireless-G Broadband Router Overview When you first install the Router, you should use the Setup CD-ROM to make sure all settings are correct. If you do not wish to run the Setup Wizard on the Setup CD-ROM, then you can use the Web-based Utility to configure the Router.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Setup Tab - Basic Setup The first screen that appears displays the Setup tab. This allows you to change the Broadband Router's general settings. Change these settings as described here and click the Save Settings button to apply your changes or Cancel Changes to cancel your changes.
Wireless-G Broadband Router • PPPoE. Some DSL-based ISPs use PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet) to establish Internet connections. If you are connected to the Internet through a DSL line, check with your ISP to see if they use PPPoE. If they do, you will have to enable PPPoE. User Name and Password.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Keep Alive Option: Redial Period. If you select this option, the Router will periodically check your Internet connection. If you are disconnected, then the Router will automatically re-establish your connection. To use this option, click the radio button next to Keep Alive. In the Redial Period field, you specify how often you want the Router to check the Internet connection.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Keep Alive and Redial Period. This option keeps your Internet access connected indefinitely, even when it sits idle. If you select this option, the Router will periodically check your Internet connection. If the connection is down, then the Router will automatically re-establish the connection. To use this option, click the radio button next to Keep Alive.
Wireless-G Broadband Router DHCP Server. DHCP is enabled by factory default. If you already have a DHCP server on your network, or you don’t want a DHCP server, then click the Disable radio button (no other DHCP features will be available). Starting IP Address.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Setup Tab - DDNS The Router offers a Dynamic Domain Name System (DDNS) feature. DDNS lets you assign a fixed host and domain name to a dynamic Internet IP address. It is useful when you are hosting your own website, FTP server, or other server behind the Router.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Setup Tab - MAC Address Clone A MAC address is a 12-digit code assigned to a unique piece of hardware for identification. Some ISPs will require you to register a MAC address in order to access the Internet. If you do not wish to re-register the MAC address with your ISP, you may assign the MAC address you have currently registered with your ISP to the Router with the MAC Address Clone feature.
Transmit RIP Version. To use dynamic routing for transmission of network data, select the protocol you want: RIP1, RIP1-Compatible, or RIP2. RIP1-Compatible is included for use with non-Linksys routers. Receive RIP Version. To use dynamic routing for reception of network data, select the protocol you want, RIP1 or RIP2.
(use any of the characters on the keyboard). Make sure this setting is the same for all points in your Figure 5-18: Wireless Tab - Basic Wireless wireless network. For added security, you should change the default SSID (linksys) to a unique name. Wireless Channel. Select the appropriate channel from the list provided to correspond with your network settings.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Wireless Tab - Wireless Security The Wireless Security settings configure the security of your wireless network. There are three wireless security mode options supported by the Router: WPA Pre-Shared Key, WPA RADIUS, and WEP. (WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access, which is a security standard stronger than WEP encryption.
Wireless-G Broadband Router WEP. WEP is a basic encryption method, which is not as secure as WPA. To indicate which WEP key to use, select the appropriate Default Transmit Key number. Then, select the level of WEP encryption, 64 bits 10 hex digits or 128 bits 26 hex digits.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Wireless Tab - Wireless Network Access Wireless access can be filtered by using the MAC addresses of the wireless devices transmitting within your network’s radius. MAC Filter. To filter wireless users by MAC Address, either permitting or blocking access, click Enable. If you do not wish to filter users by MAC Address, select Disable.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Wireless Tab - Advanced Wireless Settings This tab is used to set up the Router’s advanced wireless functions. These settings should only be adjusted by an expert administrator as incorrect settings can reduce wireless performance. Basic Rate. The Basic Rate setting is not actually one rate of transmission but a series of rates at which the Router can transmit.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Fragmentation Threshold. This value specifies the maximum size for a packet before data is fragmented into multiple packets. If you experience a high packet error rate, you may slightly increase the Fragmentation Threshold. Setting the Fragmentation Threshold too low may result in poor network performance. Only minor reduction of the default value is recommended.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Security Tab - Filter Filters block specific internal users from accessing the Internet. From the Filters tab, you can set up a filter through an IP address or a network port number. Filter IP Address Range. To set up a filter using IP addresses, enter the range of IP addresses you wish to filter in the IP address fields.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Security Tab - VPN Passthrough Use the settings on this tab to allow VPN tunnels in either IPSec or PPTP protocols to pass through the Router’s firewall. IPSec Passthrough. Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) is a suite of protocols used to implement secure exchange of packets at the IP layer.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Applications and Gaming Tab - Port Range Forwarding The Applications and Gaming Tab allows you to set up public services on your network, such as web servers, ftp servers, e-mail servers, or other specialized Internet applications. (Specialized Internet applications are any applications that use Internet access to perform functions such as videoconferencing or online gaming.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Applications and Gaming Tab - Port Triggering Port Triggering Port Triggering is used for special applications that can request a port to be opened on demand. For this feature, the Gateway will watch outgoing data for specific port numbers. The Gateway will remember the IP address of the computer that sends a transmission requesting data, so that when the requested data returns through the Gateway, the data is pulled back to the proper computer by way of IP address and port mapping rules.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Applications and Gaming Tab - DMZ The DMZ feature allows one network user to be exposed to the Internet for use of a special-purpose service such as Internet gaming or videoconferencing. DMZ hosting forwards all the ports at the same time to one PC. The Port Range Forward feature is more secure because it only opens the ports you want to have opened, while DMZ hosting opens all the ports of one computer, exposing the computer to the Internet.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Applications & Gaming Tab - QoS Quality of Service (QoS) ensures better service to high-priority types of network traffic, which may involve demanding, real-time applications, such as videoconferencing on IP phones. There are three types of QoS available, Device Priority, Application Priority, and Ethernet Port Priority. •...
Wireless-G Broadband Router • FTP (File Transfer Protocol). A protocol used to transfer files over a TCP/IP network (Internet, UNIX, etc.). For example, after developing the HTML pages for a website on a local machine, they are typically uploaded to the web server using FTP.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Administration Tab - Management This section of the Administration tab allows the network’s administrator to manage specific Router functions for access and security. Local Router Access. You can change the Router’s password from here. Enter a new Router password and then type it again in the Re-enter to confirm field to confirm.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Administration Tab - Log The Router can keep logs of all traffic for your Internet connection. To disable the Log function, keep the default setting, No. To monitor traffic between the network and the Internet, select Yes. Enter the IP Address of the PC where the Logviewer is installed in the Logviewer IP Address field.
Firmware can be upgraded by clicking the Upgrade button after browsing for the firmware, which you can download from the Linksys website. Do not upgrade your firmware unless you are experiencing problems with the Broadband Router. For more information about upgrading firmware, refer to “Appendix C: Upgrading Firmware”.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Status Tab - Router The Router screen on the Status Tab displays the Router’s current status. The screen will vary depending on the Internet Connection Type selected on the Setup screen. Firmware Version. This is the Router’s current firmware. Current Time.
Wireless-G Broadband Router The Status Tab - Local Network The Local Network screen on the Status Tab displays the status of your network. MAC Address. This is the Router’s MAC Address, as seen on your local, Ethernet network. IP Address. This shows the Router’s IP Address, as it appears on your local, Ethernet network. Subnet Mask.
Provided are possible solutions to problems that may occur during the installation and operation of the Router. Read the descriptions below to help you solve your problems. If you can’t find an answer here, check the Linksys website at www.linksys.com.
Wireless-G Broadband Router • For Windows 2000: 1. Click Start, Settings, and Control Panel. Double-click Network and Dial-Up Connections. 2. Right-click the Local Area Connection that is associated with the Ethernet adapter you are using, and select the Properties option. 3.
Wireless-G Broadband Router • Refer to “Chapter 5: Configuring the PCs” for details. Make sure Obtain IP address automatically is selected in the settings. B Open a command prompt. For Windows 98SE and Me: • Click Start and Run. In the Open field, type command. Press the Enter key or click the OK button. For Windows 2000 and XP: •...
Wireless-G Broadband Router 5. I am not able to access the Setup page of the Router’s web-based utility. • Refer to “Problem #2, I want to test my Internet connection” to verify that your computer is properly connected to the Router. •...
Wireless-G Broadband Router 7. I need to set up online game hosting or use other Internet applications. If you want to play online games or use Internet applications, most will work without doing any port forwarding or DMZ hosting. There may be cases when you want to host an online game or Internet application.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Follow these steps to set DMZ hosting: 1. Access the Router’s web-based utility by going to http://192.168.1.1 or the IP address of the Router. Go to the Applications & Gaming => Port Forwarding tab. 2. Disable or remove the entries you have entered for forwarding. Keep this information in case you want to use it at a later time.
Router to the factory default settings. In other words, the Router will revert to its original factory configuration. 12. I need to upgrade the firmware. In order to upgrade the firmware with the latest features, you need to go to the Linksys website and download the latest firmware at www.linksys.com. Follow these steps: 1.
Wireless-G Broadband Router 15. I can’t access my e-mail, web or I am getting corrupted data from the Internet. The Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) setting may need to be adjusted. By default, the MTU is set at 1500. For most DSL users, it is strongly recommended to use MTU 1492. •...
Does the Router support any operating system other than Windows 98SE, Windows Millennium, Windows 2000, or Windows XP? Yes, but Linksys does not, at this time, provide technical support for setup, configuration or troubleshooting of any non-Windows operating systems. Does the Router support ICQ send file? Yes, with the following fix: click ICQ menu ->...
How will I be notified of new Router firmware upgrades? All Linksys firmware upgrades are posted on the Linksys website at www.linksys.com, where they can be downloaded for free. To upgrade the Router’s firmware, use the System tab of the Router’s web-based utility. If the Router’s Internet connection is working well, there is no need to download a newer firmware version, unless...
Wireless-G Broadband Router that version contains new features that you would like to use. Downloading a more current version of Router firmware will not enhance the quality or speed of your Internet connection, and may disrupt your current connection stability. Will the Router function in a Macintosh environment? Yes, but the Router’s setup pages are accessible only through Internet Explorer 4.0 or Netscape Navigator 4.0 or higher for Macintosh.
Wireless-G Broadband Router How do I get mIRC to work with the Router? Under the Port Forwarding tab, set port forwarding to 113 for the PC on which you are using mIRC. Can the Router act as my DHCP server? Yes.
Wireless-G Broadband Router maintain contact with the wireless network even when not actually transmitting data. Achieving these functions simultaneously requires a dynamic RF networking technology that links access points and nodes. In such a system, the user’s end node undertakes a search for the best possible access to the system. First, it evaluates such factors as signal strength and quality, as well as the message load currently being carried by each access point and the distance of each access point to the wired backbone.
How many channels/frequencies are available with the Router? There are eleven available channels, ranging from 1 to 11 (in North America). If your questions are not addressed here, refer to the Linksys website, www.linksys.com. Appendix A: Troubleshooting Frequently Asked Questions...
Wireless-G Broadband Router Appendix B: Wireless Security Linksys wants to make wireless networking as safe and easy for you as possible. The current generation of Linksys products provide several network security features, but they require specific action on your part for implementation.
This includes hackers. So, don’t broadcast the SSID. Wireless networking products come with a default SSID set by the factory. (The Linksys default SSID is “linksys”.) Hackers know these defaults and can check these against your network. Change your SSID to something unique and not something related to your company or the networking products you use.
These security recommendations should help keep your mind at ease while you are enjoying the most flexible and convenient technology Linksys has to offer. Appendix B: Wireless Security Security Threats Facing Wireless Networks...
The Broadband Router's firmware is upgraded through the Web-based Utility's Administration tab. Follow these instructions: 1. Download the firmware from Linksys's website at www.linksys.com. 2. Click the Firmware Upgrade tab on the Web-Utility's Administration tab, and the Upgrade Firmware screen will appear.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Appendix D: Windows Help All Linksys wireless products require Microsoft Windows. Windows is the most used operating system in the world and comes with many features that help make networking easier. These features can be accessed through Windows Help and are described in this appendix.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Appendix E: Finding the MAC Address and IP Address for Your Ethernet Adapter This section describes how to find the MAC address for your computer’s Ethernet adapter so you can use the MAC filtering and/or MAC address cloning feature of the Router. You can also find the IP address of your computer’s Ethernet adapter.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Windows 2000 or XP Instructions 1. Click Start and Run. In the Open field, enter cmd. Press the Enter key or click the OK button. 2. At the command prompt, enter ipconfig /all. Then press the Enter key. 3.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Appendix F: Glossary 802.11a - A wireless networking standard that specifies a maximum data transfer rate of 54Mbps and an operating frequency of 5GHz. 802.11b - A wireless networking standard that specifies a maximum data transfer rate of 11Mbps and an operating frequency of 2.4GHz.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Buffer - A shared or assigned memory area that is used to support and coordinate different computing and networking activities so one isn't held up by the other. Byte - A unit of data that is usually eight bits long Cable Modem - A device that connects a computer to the cable television network, which in turn connects to the Internet.
Wireless-G Broadband Router DTIM (Delivery Traffic Indication Message) - A message included in data packets that can increase wireless efficiency. Dynamic IP Address - A temporary IP address assigned by a DHCP server. EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol) - A general authentication protocol used to control network access. Many specific authentication methods work within this framework.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Infrastructure - A wireless network that is bridged to a wired network via an access point. IP (Internet Protocol) - A protocol used to send data over a network. IP Address - The address used to identify a computer or device on a network. IPCONFIG - A Windows 2000 and XP utility that displays the IP address for a particular networking device.
Packet - A unit of data sent over a network. Passphrase - Used much like a password, a passphrase simplifies the WEP encryption process by automatically generating the WEP encryption keys for Linksys products. PEAP (Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol) - A mutual authentication method that uses a combination of digital certificates and another system, such as passwords.
Wireless-G Broadband Router SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) - A widely used network monitoring and control protocol. Software - Instructions for the computer. A series of instructions that performs a particular task is called a "program". SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) - Market segment of professionals who work at home or in small offices. SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) Firewall - A technology that inspects incoming packets of information before allowing them to enter the network.
Wireless-G Broadband Router TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) - a wireless encryption protocol that provides dynamic encryption keys for each packet transmitted. Topology - The physical layout of a network. TX Rate - Transmission Rate. UDP (User Datagram Protocol) - A network protocol for transmitting data that does not require acknowledgement from the recipient of the data that is sent.
Wireless-G Broadband Router Appendix G: Specifications Model WRK54G Standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b Channels 11 Channels (US, Canada) 13 Channels (Europe) 14 Channels (Japan) Ports/Buttons Internet: One 10/100 RJ-45 Port Four 10/100 RJ-45 Switched Ports One Power Port...
Wireless-G Broadband Router Certifications Operating Temp. 0ºC to 40ºC (32ºF to 104ºF) Storage Temp. -20ºC to 70ºC (-4ºF to 158ºF) Operating Humidity 10% to 85%, Non-Condensing Storage Humidity 5% to 90%, Non-Condensing Appendix G: Specifications...
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