Linksys WAP54G Wireless-G Access Point
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Product Description

LINKSYS WAP54G - Wireless-G is the emerging 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B ( 802.11b ) products found in homes, businesses and public wireless hotspots around the country. The best part is, since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices talk to existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

The Linksys Wireless-G access point lets you connect Wireless-G (802.11g ) or Wireless-B (802.11b) devices to your network. Because both standards are built-in, you can protect your investment in existing 802.11b infrastructure, and migrate your network clients to the new screaming-fast Wireless-G standard as your needs grow.

For more information on the differences between an access point and a router with access point, see the following table:

access point vs. router To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless-G access point can encrypt all wireless transmissions. The MAC address filter lets you decide exactly who has access to your wireless network. Configuration is a snap with the Web browser-based configuration utility.

Wireless-G is the upcoming 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country--but since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also work with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Future-proof your wireless network with the Linksys Wireless-G access point. You'll enjoy Wireless-B connectivity today, and be prepared for a high-speed Wireless-G tomorrow.

The Linksys Wireless-G access point is compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP.

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere--without wires. Outside the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, and airports--great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

Which Wireless Standard Is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.

Features:
  • Supports data rates up to 54 Mbps--up to 5 times faster than 802.11b
  • Backwards compatible with existing IEEE 802.11b devices at 11 Mbps
  • Supports 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Wireless MAC address filtering
  • Router not included, so you cannot connect multiple users to the Internet

Customer Reviews:

  • Easy Access Point
    This was a very easy access point to setup. The included software worked great. Everything I needed was included. The range doesn't seem to be quite as good as I have observed with the WRT54GS but it still provides adequate coverage. ...more info
  • Doing the Job
    I have an ethernet home network which is working perfectly. I decided to get a laptop and at first connected it to the network by an ethernet cable. I had been told that in no time at all I would be wanting to go wireless and that turned out to be true.

    I researched connection options as I wanted to add the wireless capability to the existing ethernet network and found that something called a wireless access point existed. This seemed to be the right answer as I did not need another router.

    All of my network equipment was Linksys so I decided the Linksys WAP54G would be the best way to go. As usual, Amazon had as good a value as anyone on the equipment so I ordered it from Amazon. Once the WAP54G came in it set up and installed without any problems.

    I had read a lot of information about wireless security so I followed the Linksys instructions very carefully in selecting the highest level of encryption available for home use. This was not difficult to do but did require that one read the installation alternatives and proceed carefully.

    It is now in operation and has not given any problems. It has been interesting to note that there are 6 wireless networks in my area; three of them have no encryption at all, two of them have the lowest level of encryption, and only mine has the highest level. All that says to me is that they were not careful in setting up their security level when they installed the software.

    I guess the moral of this story is to carefully read and select the highest level of encryption if you don't want your network to be public....more info
  • OK product, incomplete setup documentation
    The setup documentation is valid only if your DHCP serves addresses beginning with 192.168.1.xxx! This was not stated in the documentation, so it took me some time to guess that the Documentation effort was outsourced, and I'd need to resolve the issue myself.
    Advice: Most casual users will have their internal IP addresses set to 192.168.1.xxx, but if this is NOT your case, you must change the "default ip address of 198.168.1.245" that is pre-configured in the WAP54G to something compatible with our network. -- In order to accomplish this step, you will need to temporarily reconfigure some PC/laptop to a compatible IP address for communicating with the Linksys (such as 192.168.1.004), then with the linksys cabled to that PC, you can run the LinkSys setup and reconfigure the IP address range....more info
  • Gone Wireless
    I am no luddite, but I wouldn't say that I'm that tech savvy when it comes to networking.

    After a few calls to Linksys I finally got set up and running great....more info
  • THIS IS NOT A ROUTER!!!
    THIS IS NOT A ROUTER, IT IS AN ACCESS POINT. LOOKING FOR SECURITY IN A ROUTER? BUY A ROUTER! THIS IS JUST A ACCESS POINT TO EXTEND WIRELESS RANGE INSIDE A BUILDING. IT HAS NO SECURITY WITH IT IT USES THE ROUTERS SECURITIES.

    FIRST TIME BUYING LOOKING FOR A ROUTER? THIS IS NOT A ROUTER. IF YOU DO USE THIS AS A ROUTER, YOUR NEIGHBORS CAN USE YOUR INTERNET THAT YOU PAY FOR! THEY CAN USE YOURS FOR FREE WITHOUT YOU EVER KNOWING!!...more info
  • Accessing the WAP54G from a Mac
    I have an ethernet home-network connecting the Internet to my office and my wife's. I wanted to add a wireless access point to my office so we could use a WiFi radio in the kitchen. I was ready to return the WAP54G to Amazon when I read only Windows requirements on the box. Moreover, the "Setup Wizard CD" inside the box is completely useless to any Macintosh person, and Lynksys provides no written information about how to communicate with the WAP54G from a Mac.

    Fortunately the WAP54G support page "http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/support/WAP54G" came to my rescue. I was able to set up my WAP54G easily using their "Accessing the Access Point's Web-Based Setup Page Using Mac" instructions. And my new Squeezebox Boom radio sounds great in the kitchen.
    Linksys WAP54G Wireless-G Access Point...more info
  • Deceptive Box Text
    The box says it can act as a repeater with your existing network, however it is only compatable with other linksys routers and access points, a completely unnessecary restriction if you know anything about wireless networks. They use standard frequencies and languages, the only reason it would only work with certain routers is that linksys specifically wrote the firmware that way to force you to buy more of their products.

    This wouldn't suck so much if it said so ANYWHERE on the box, but it doesn't say it until you've installed the device and connect to configure it, then you get a small warning at the bottom of the menu that it will only work with their other products....more info
  • Good Access Point if you know all restrictions
    I bought this product after I moved to a bigger place and needed a Access Point to widen the signal range. After setting it up, I realized there were a few things I wasn't aware.

    1. The device must be physically connected to your existing router (so it's not totally 'wireless') to be used as Access Point.
    2. If you want the device to be completely wireless, it needs to be configured as Wireless Repeater.
    3. To use it as Wireless Repeater the model of the existing router you have must be WRT54G. (not WRT54GC, WRT54G2, WRT54GS, etc.)

    After spending hours on chatting with Linksys support (apparently she wasn't even aware some of these restrictions) we found out this device won't work with my router so I decided to return it....more info
  • Great product...
    It was the easiest wireless router/access point that I have ever set up. And its worked great since....more info
  • Works perfectly! Insanely easy setup
    This was my first wireless access point, it is mated to my Linksys BEFSR41 router. It only took a few moments to hook up, and another minute to run the setup disk. Works wonderfully! I highly recommend it as an alternative to buying a wireless router if you just want to add to an existing setup....more info
  • Solid as a rock.
    When did I buy this? It's been so long, I don't remember. But guess what! It's still going strong and hasn't given me a lick of trouble. After 275 giga-quads of data passed by, it still works....more info
  • Simple to set up and start using
    Like everything from Linksys this is a very simple to set up unit. Not only do we use our laptops and the printer wireless at home, we also have two TiVo systems which link to the wireless. Going to the higher speed has really made a change in transferring shows from one system to the other. Make sure to secure your wireless. It has great range which means others can tap into it....more info
  • One "no" vote
    I wish this device could feel pain. It certainly has caused me hours of grief. When you set the password in the setup tool, it may or may not correctly allow you to long in through the web page administration. I'm now configuring it to work as a bridge connecting to my new wireless router. I can't do that, because it won't set the password correctly. I've only been trying for a couple hours, though. So very, very frustrated. It's worked before, so eventually, it will probably work again. I'd give it zero stars if I could....more info
  • Avoid - unit failed - repair under warranty - but I must pay for shippinig!
    Unit worked for 6 months then developed a hardware fault which took several days to identify. The support information was incorrect which wasted a lot of time.

    I am outraged that I must pay for shipping the defective unit to the Netherlands - and will pursue this as an infringement of UK statutory rights.

    Poor product - poor support - poor (possibly illegal) warranty operation
    I just hope I get a functioning replacement without delay...more info
  • Using as a repeater? Read this
    (Note: Amazon has deleted certain key info from my review. Since they don't edit comments, read the comment below for the missing info.)
    After reading through many reviews here, and struggling all day to get this unit running as range extender/repeater, it looks like the negative reviews are mostly from people trying to use it as a repeater. Apparently, if you're just using it as a wireless router, it seems to work fine. In fact, the setup disk and the PDF instructions deal only with that use of the product. If you want to use it to extend the range of your signal, Linksys leaves you without any instruction whatever, despite a blurb on the box stating you can use it as a repeater.

    Luckily, another reviewer (Pinoy in NJ) was kind enough to detail just how he got the unit to work as a repeater. Definitely start there. A few additional comments:

    - If you are on a Mac, the installation disk won't run. If you're trying to set up a repeater, the disk is useless anyway. So are the instructions on the PDF file.
    - You need to have the unit hooked up via the included CAT5 cable to your existing router, or you won't get anywhere. Once you have "programmed" the unit, you will be able to disconnect it, and place it elsewhere in the house.
    - After attaching the unit to your router, go into your Internet browser and type "[...]". This calls up the setup menu. The login is blank, the password is Admin, unless you changed it.
    -Type "[...]" to bring up the setup page for your WRT54G router (unless you have a different router)
    -From the WRT54G pages, you need to find the MAC address. It's in the tab "Status", third line down on that page. Write this down.
    -On the WAP54G page, click the Setup tab, then the AP Mode subtab. Select the third option, Repeater. Enter the Mac address from the previous step.
    -I disabled all security, since I couldn't get it to work. Sorry I can't help you there. It was something of a miracle when the thing worked at all. If someone wants to camp out at the curb with a laptop browsing [...], more power to them!
    -Make sure both the router and the Access Point are tuned to the same channel.

    At this point, you should be able to disconnect the cable, and still be able to ping the AP using the [...] address. Try accessing the Internet now using a wireless computer somewhere in the house.

    Wish I could be more specific, but honestly, I found myself repeating the same actions over and over, and it seemed to work finally for no apparent reason. I list the main points above, as these seem to be key.

    What I wish Linksys (or someone) would sell is a Repeater. You would plug it in to the power (no cable at all), and it would sense the wireless network. Pop in a setup disk, configure the settings and security, and you're done. It doesn't work that way at all.

    Instead, Linksys provides a button (it looks like the Cisco logo) that blinks furiously for five minutes, and seems to do nothing but change the SSID. It's SUPPOSED to "automatically" set things up, and maybe it does with a newer version of the router (WRT54G), but not mine. There is lots of opinion about the SSID (do they need to match, should you broadcast the SSID). People report that it changes by itself, which means your connection will drop until you pick the new SSID in your Network Connections.

    All this just to boost the signal to a room at the end of the hall. Linksys needs to make this a MUCH easier process somehow. If someone like me, an IT person with 20 years experience with computers, struggles for a full day to get it to work, there's a problem. No more Linksys for me! ...more info