I bought Linksys because the price is not too expensive and I’ve seen my friend use it with Linux. I choose Linksys WAP54G because that it was displayed at the store. There is no explanation that it can be run with Linux. The installation CD is only available for Windows. I though it’s ok, my friend use it so I’m sure that there will be no problem with me.
Then I called him, he said, “You can set it up using Web browser with IP address 192.168.1.1”. This is the default IP for most Linksys products. I turned on the device, plugged the network cable to my laptop, changed my IP address to 192.168.1.2, and test the connection with ping and got this message:
taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ ping 192.168.1.1
PING 192.168.1.1 (192.168.1.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
From 192.168.1.2 icmp_seq=1 Destination Host Unreachable
Mean that the default IP is different.
The only way to see the default IP is run with its CD installer and which I have to run it on windows. Lucky I still have my old PC that use XP. Finally, I found that the default IP is 192.168.1.245.
Set your IP address in the same subnet with Linksys IP.
First you set your have to set IP address in the same subnet with Linksys. If Linksys uses 192.168.1.245 then you can use from 192.168.1.1-192.168.1.244 or 192.168.1.246-192.168.1.254.
To change the IP, open System > Administration > Network > Wired Connection > Properties > Disable ‘enable roaming mode’, Static IP address > Fill 192.168.1.2 (at IP address) and 255.255.255.0 (at subnet mask).
you can temporary change through Linux terminal, open Application > Accessories > Terminal type:
taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ sudo ifconfig eth0 192.168.1.2 netmask 255.255.255.0
taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ ping 192.168.1.245
PING 192.168.1.245 (192.168.1.245) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 192.168.1.245: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=2.87 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.245: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=1.03 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.245: icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.994 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.245: icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=1.06 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.245: icmp_seq=5 ttl=64 time=0.980 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.245: icmp_seq=6 ttl=64 time=1.03 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.245: icmp_seq=7 ttl=64 time=1.02 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.245: icmp_seq=8 ttl=64 time=1.13 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.245: icmp_seq=9 ttl=64 time=1.10 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.245: icmp_seq=10 ttl=64 time=1.08 ms (Ctrl-C)
— 192.168.1.245 ping statistics —
10 packets transmitted, 10 received, 0% packet loss, time 9000ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.980/1.231/2.871/0.550 ms
Well, everything is OK, now I can start to set the configuration using my Fire fox.
Before we go to that subject, I want to describe a bit about Linksys WAP54G that I use.
About Linksys WAP54G
Linksys WAP54G is product of Linksys-A division of Cisco System, Inc. It’s compatible with Wireless-B (802.11b) and Wireless-G (802.11g). Data rates up to 54Mbps in Wireless-G mode and up to 11Mbps in Wireless-B mode.
It has advanced wireless security 128-bit WPA encryption, MAC filtering and free trial of maximum security Linksys Wireless Guard WPA-RADIUS service. You can set Linksys as Access Point (default), AP client, Wireless repeater and Wireless Bridge.
For a note, when you set it as ‘AP client’ and ‘wireless bridge’ mode, this device will only communicate with another Linksys Access Point (WAP54G).
When you set to ‘wireless repeater’ mode, this device will only communicate with another Linksys Access Point (WAP54G) and Linksys wireless-G router (WRT54G).
Setting Linksys using Firefox
If you can connect to Linksys then open your web browser, type 192.168.1.245 in the URL and press Enter.
You will get a screen below if your are success.
DON’T FILL the user name, just go to ‘Password’ and put ‘admin‘ as a password then click ‘OK’.
Linksys doesn’t use user name as the default.
You will get a main screen below is your login is success.
Just change anything you want, click save, wait while the ‘Linksys’ Logo’ will blink to white color and go back to its original color after the setup has done.
To test the connection, choose the wireless network, open a Linux terminal and ping the Linksys.