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Linksys WGA54G Wireless-G Gaming Adapter
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Product Description

The Wireless-G Game Adapter gives any wired Ethernet-equipped game console wireless connection capabilities. The Game Adapter can be used in two different ways. If you have an existing home wireless network and a cable or DSL Internet connection, the Game Adapter lets your PlayStation 2, Xbox or GameCube attach to the network so you can get into online games without running wires to the game room. Or, use a pair of Game Adapters to form a "cable-less cable" between two game consoles for head-to-head gaming - in the same room, or all the way across the house. It's completely driver-free, so it works on any platform. Since there are no drivers to load, setup is a snap. In some cases, it works right out of the box! If your setup's a little different - just configure the network settings through your PC's web browser, plug it into your game box, and go. The Wireless-G Game Adapter provides lag-free gaming with communication speeds up to 54Mbps when connected to other Wireless-G devices. It can also connect to Wireless-B (802.11b) devices and networks at 11Mbps. Spend your time gaming, not stringing wires, with the Linksys Wireless-G Game Adapter.

  • Lag-free head-to-head or Internet gaming at up to 54 Mbps, without stringing wires
  • Converts wired-Ethernet-ready game consoles to Wireless-G (draft 802.11g) network connectivity
  • Works without drivers on PlayStation2, Xbox, and GameCube
  • Also connects to Wireless-B (802.11b) networks at 11 Mbps
  • One year limited warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • No WPA Support
    I made the mistake of assuming that a wireless product still current in July 2007 would support WPA. Oops. I've read that there's a version WGA54G version 2 that does support WPA, but it's the same SKU so there's no way to know which one you're getting when you buy it. So it's on its way back to Amazon. There was a time when Linksys could be relied on to have useful products at a reasonable price, but my last few experiences with them haven't been that great. I think I'll try the Buffalo Technology AirStation Turbo G High Power Wireless Ethernet Converter ( WLI-TX4-G54HP )...more info
  • great product
    this is a great product! i bought mine for my ps2 to play in my room and i got it set up in seconds. i also us it on my computer and again in seconds i was on the web. i did not even have download the disk! i dont know if that was cuz i have an old computer but i dont think so. if you are going to be playing on a game system and you are trying to conect online to a wireles conection with a code or WEP encryption on it, all you do is download the disk and edit the settings inside ( enter in your code). then you plug it in and it will connect! Great Product! ...more info
  • Solid Performer
    I purchased the WAG54G to connect my Directv HDDVR to the internet to access "Directv on demand." The Linksys product did the job and was fairly easy to set up. I have been using it for a month now without problems. If I had it to do over I might consider the "n" capable version but this unit works fine....more info
  • Seems to work now.. after LONG installation process
    I've had the thing running for just an hour so can't tell you much about reliability, but from the installation, it does seem flaky. I think part of my installation woes had to do with the flakiness so I wasn't sure if it just wasn't connecting because it didn't feel like it or because I did something wrong. Many people wrote about their installation solutions, which really helped. But I did have to piece together about 3 reviews to help so I'm posting what I did, in case it helps someone else.

    BTW, I bought this to use with a network ready printer which did work eventually.

    When it wouldn't connect, I did call tech support who totally sucks. The woman on the phone didn't even know what a MAC filter list is. The only thing that was useful that I learned from her is how to get to the web admin page without it being connected to the network. Plug it into your computer. In your LAN settings, give your computer a static IP [] and for the gateway, use the IP of the adapter [in my case or the default is for the adapter if you haven't done anything with it]. Then you can point your browser to the adapter's IP and use the web admin. After 1 hour, she hung up on me when I demanded to speak to someone who knows what a MAC filter list is! When I called back, the 2nd operator hung up on me too while she was looking for my case file. Maybe I got blacklisted.

    Here are the configurations I used that worked.
    1) I followed the instructions and ran the setup CD. It could not find the adapter. I power cycled it and then it finally found it. At first I used auto DHCP and that messed up everything. Later I used a static IP for my network [I used], make sure the subnet mask is the same as the router [], and put my router as the gateway []. I use a MAC filter list so I couldn't just plug it in and go to the adapter's web management page. But like everyone says, that page really has more options.
    2) To get it through the filter, I added its MAC address that is labeled on its sticker, plus that MAC address +1, which when you get on its web admin page later, you'll see that the MAC address on the page is the one on the sticker +1. Thank you RARKM or I never would have figured it out. After this, technically it should be able to connect to the network whenever you plug it in. But it seemed really flaky and would sometimes connect and then drop, or not connect at all. It seemed to connect best if I powered it on without the ethernet connected to anything despite the instructions saying to power on after the ethernet connection.
    3) When I could get to the web admin page, disabled cloning mode. I left it on mixed connection mode.
    4) For the printer (or item you want to use the adapter with), I gave it a static IP different from the adapter, same subnet mask, and same router IP for the gateway. I also had to add the printer's MAC address to the router's filtering list.
    5) At first whenever I connected the adapter to the printer, it would stop working. Finally I gave up. I left the adapter on, not connected to any device so it was just connected to the network by itself. The next morning, I connected it to the printer's ethernet without power cycling anything. And it worked! and has worked since then. But I honestly don't know if I'll be able to get it working again if it ever drops. And even now, even though it's obviously working because I can use the printer, I can't get to the adapter's web admin page. Flaky!

    I'm giving it 3 stars because technically it works. And it's working with a printer which it never promised to do....more info
  • Works for PS3
    I was initially hesitant to buy this Linksys gaming adapter due to all the negative feedbacks. I bought it for my son's PS3 and it was an easy setup. I input my existing wireless information and it was up and running. It's been in use since Xmas 2007 and it hasn't given me any problems at all. ...more info
  • Poor Product + Poor Support = Awful Experience
    I bought this shortly after getting my Xbox. I read information from its manual, the Xbox manual, my router's manual as well as the websites for all of them before I purchased and received this. I bought this because I couldn't get my notebook to bridge the wireless connection for me. I made sure to follow the instructions very carefully plugging everything in in the correct order. I soon noticed that it made almost no sound when I plugged it in. It seemed to be DOA. So after an hour of trying to get it to work--unplugging everything, plugging it back in, resetting the adapter, plugging everything back in, unplugging everything, resetting the adapter, plugging everything back in ad nauseam--I finally decided to call Linksys customer support. I called and spoke to someone with a British accent who seemed to be following a short list of troubleshooting instructions. Well, I tried everything he suggested (connecting it directly to the router; to the PC) and it would not work or be recognized by anything. I returned it for a refund and bought one from another retailer. It had the exact same issue. None of my computers (or Xbox) could detect it. I don't think my house had anything like excess humidity that was preventing it from working. So finally I returned it and bought the Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter MN740 which worked perfectly....more info
  • WARNING!!!
    I can not warn you reading this review strongly enough, DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!! I am a computer nerd, really I am. I can now admit it (I have a girlfriend, she likes me cause I can fix her computer). After spending 2 yes TWO, hours on the phone to India I still could not get this to work right. NO Apple support, no one without an accent you have any chance of understanding. And NO CONNECTION!!! Linksys is bad. Really bad. Don't waste time or money. Buy the Apple Express Base Station....more info
  • Very good product
    This is actually the 2nd Linksys Wireless gaming adapter I have gotten. The previous one I had was years ago, and truthfully didnt work that well (older model)

    I tried this out because I trust the Linksys brand. I have had many routers, wireless routers and adapters in the past.

    The WGA54G works like a dream. Long gone are the wires I've had to use in the past and I sensed no interruption of service.

    I would buy this if you need a reliable wireless gaming adapter!...more info
  • DirecTV Video On Demand
    I just purchased this today and won't receive it until Friday. I am hoping that this adapter has the CAT5 connector on the end, I read the product description but didn't find anything stating whether it was USB or CAT5. My DirecTV only works with a CAT5, the USB is still not available. DirecTV now has for free Video On Demand (VOD) starting with channel 1000. So if USA is channel 245 on DirecTV then 1245 will be the DirecTV VOD. When I get this I hope it's compatible with my 2WIRE QWEST modem because I am running a wireless network I need for this adapter to work with my wireless modem. Once I have my VOD hooked up and hopefully running well I will post another review or update to let you know if this works for the DirecTV VOD service. The price I paid here is the same as Newegg and a couple other places but with Amazon my shipping was free. Keeping my fingers crossed! Well I have owned it now for two weeks and it works great picking up my neighbors wireless connection but not mine. I ran the setup disk (first mistake) and tried to get it to download my DirecTV VOD but it just doesn't want to seem to work on my network, I would make sure before you buy this that you have more knowledge about wireless networks than the average user because I can't get mine to work, the lights come on and it says its working but it's not, oh well.

    UPDATE January 11, 2009

    Forgot that I had written this review. I received this item, it has a CAT5 connection, I hooked it up to my DIRECTV and now receive Video On Demand and it works great with my wireless network modem from QWEST. I highly recommend this item if you want to use the VOD on DIRECTV...more info
  • Wireless gaming adapter
    Fantastic product No more tripping on network cables trailing through the house to the router....more info
  • If all you need is a bridge, this is the product
    I got this to connect my DishNetwork ViP622 to my wireless network, since I got rid of my phone line. It was the cheapest alternative I could find, and it does the job. Easy to set up and use....more info
  • Not Ready For Prime Time
    After reading several reviews, I figured that the WGA54G was just hard to configure, and since I've written networking code before I thought that I could figure it out. I bought it to hook my DirecTV DVR (HR21-700) to my home network and since I already had a Linksys router, I thought that I'd stick with a known quantity.

    I was trying to use this in an Infrastructure environment (not head-to-head) with a Linksys WRT54G with everything updated to the latest firmware revisions. Interestingly enough, the firmware on the WGA54G was one revision higher (1.16) than what Linksys had on their web page as the latest version! My wireless is WPA secured and is a 802.11g only network.

    Setup via the web-based method was "nominal" given that I'm somewhat of a networking expert, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone that is using any security or non-mixed (802.11g only) infrastructure. The device would not consistently "take" the setup parameters. Just to be sure, I used the PC setup program with the same results. Many parameters did not survive a power cycle.

    I was able to see the device right after power up on the network but it soon disappeared and would not hook up consistently and definitely did not allow my DVR onto the network.

    After about 4 hours of reading web postings and trying different setups and configurations, I bailed on this device and the next day got an Airport Express. Apple 802.11g AirPort Express Base Station with AirTunes It took literally 5 minutes to hook up the Express and have it bridge my DVR over to the network so it's definitely worth the extra $30....more info
  • Linksys Wireless-G Game Adapter-TOP NOTCH PRODUCT
    I don't get all the whinning in some of these other reviews. This works great on my XBOX 360! Sure it took a bit of time to set up, but the majority of the setup process is an optional security configuration. I think not getting hacked is worth a few extra minutes. This is a faster and more secure alternative to the more exspensive Microsoft version....more info
  • Nearly Impossible to Set Up
    I am using this gateway to provide my Tivo with an ethernet connection.

    With my old Linksys WRT54G router I was able to get this gateway on my network after working with it for about an hour using WPA encryption. It took several attempts, but it finally worked finally worked.

    I replaced my old router with a Netgear WNR3500 and was never able to get the gateway onto the network using WPA, even though it presumably supports TPIK and AES (I tried both). I finally got it to work using WEP 128 bit, so will have to make do with that.

    I bought the WGA54G to replace an earlier linksys gaming gateway that died unexpectedly but when this one goes, I won't be buying another one. A full blown router with uplink capability or even concealing a cable would be better....more info
  • Not A Bad Adapter At All
    Have this device for about a month. Was pretty easy to set up and I am not an expert at these things but I do know how to read the directions which by the way were very good. Took me about 20 min to set up via my computer. All I needed was my WEP Passcode and IP address and it worked fine. If you don't have WEP or WAP proction on your wireless network(you should though!!!)then this works right out of the box with no setup which is cool. I give it 4 stars because it can be a little quirky sometimes and I have to restart a few times before it grabs a connection, but not a big deal though, only take a few extra seconds out of my life. Its also not bad looking, I mean it's not some ugly piece of equipment you will want to hide from view. Hope this review helps....more info
  • excellent buy
    Honestly, i dont know why people have complained that much about the setup on this product. It took me less than 5 minutes to configure it to my wireless network ( which has wep encryption and everything). all you really need to do is follow the instructions given with the device and you should have no problems at all. It works exactly like it says it does, and could not have been an easier set up at all.
    Only downside to this product is that Fry's sells it at exactly the same price, so if you are looking for one... go to Fry's, unless you like paying the same price and waiting a week for it. up to you....more info
  • Worked fine the first 4 months... then stopped.
    I purchased this adapter to use with my Slingbox. It was easy to set up and I was able to get it up and running within minutes after connecting all the cables. The unit worked fine for the first four months, then the power light on the unit would not turn on. I contacted support to order a new power cord, as it was still under warranty. They would not provide the part and told me to go to Radio Shack to purchase a new cord. After dropping another $20 for a new power cord, the unit is working again. I was not at all impressed with Linksys or their customer support. I do not plan to buy from Linksys again....more info
  • Worked great for years - then I messed it up and needed help.
    I set this up years ago and it worked great. Last week I tried setting up WPA until I realized the game adapter couldn't support it. I then switched back to WEP and the game adapter was not happy.

    It took me two hours on the phone with a Linksys rep and nearly a hundred different attempts. They tried to convince me to switch to 64bit and I insisted on keeping it at 128. The HTTP setup page was doing strange things and I could never "apply" my changes. It would always disconnect or change from channel 6 to channel 1.

    Finally he had me hook the adapter up to my PC and test out the connection. It worked and he realized all we had to do is let the adapter dynamically select an IP address. All that time and a second tier rep could have done this in 15 minutes.

    I use a Wireless-G Range Expander, so my signal strength is pretty strong and the Xbox 360 connection is decent. The Range Expander was a four-hour ordeal with Linksys. Getting these devices to work is 75% luck and 25% skill....more info
  • Costly Support!
    I have had my Linksys router for 3 years. I also had to get a bridge to extend the range because it couldn't go through walls very well. I had to call them a lot because sometimes the bridge or router somehow lost the address.

    They used to have free support until just very recently. My beef is with the cost of support. 3.99 a minute. ( I don't know if that includes listening for many minutes to bad music.) You can get 3 months support for $199, 6 months for $299 or 1 year for $499!!! I can tell you I spent many hours talking to tech support before this recent change of events. You will need tech support now and again when you change ISPs, go elsewhere....more info
  • Setup is Hard. But don't give up.
    Obviously if you are reading some of these reviews you can tell that the setup can be very difficult sometimes. However if you work at it it is very possible to figure out how to use. Once set up it works very well. ...more info
  • Gaming adapter for the tech savvy
    I use this Linksys WGA54G Wireless-G Gaming Adapter for my PS2 and thus far it has performed adequately. Let me say for clarity that by "adequately" I mean it works, but there is nothing about this product that is outstanding.

    First of all, the setup can be difficult unless A) you have a plain vanilla network or B) You are tech savvy and have a good grasp of configuring home/small office routers, wireless access points, and firewalls. I could go into the details of the grief you may encounter, but "Rarkm" does a great job of covering the relevant tech notes in his review so I'll simplify my comments by saying that you'll need some tech knowledge or the help of a techie friend to get set up the first time.

    Once the initial setup is out of the way, this adapter should operate without any further setup or settings intervention from you.

    Just how well does it function? Well, it does occasionally drop signal, which results in being kicked off online gaming sessions. This can be frustrating but it doesn't happen all that often- unless you're pushing the limits of it's range. Range will vary, depending on a lot of factors like other wireless devices in use, the construction of your house, etc. As a general rule I would say don't count on a reliable signal if there is more than one wall (or floor/ceiling) between the adapter and your access point.

    Additionally, sometimes the adapter won't connect at all and must be turned off (unplugged) for a minute or two and then turned back on. This happens even less than the signal drops, but just enough to get noticed as a recurring theme.

    Overall, this device works but just feels mediocre in design and execution. Hopefully future versions will address the shortcomings.

    ...more info
  • Piece of Junk
    Do not I repeat to do bu this porduct bad Link support and it shard to configure go with some d-link products there much better...more info
  • Works with XBOX 360
    I bought this to use with my kids' XBOX 360. Configured it with a notebook computer in 5 minutes. Wireless network that you want to connect to must be active when configuring. Has been working fine for over 1 month so far.

    ...more info
  • Just want I was looking for
    This product works great with my Xbox 360. I have had no problems. After a quick setup it just works. I am very impressed with the range. My router is on the other side of the house and I put the adaptor inside of a book case with no problems. Most of the defaults matched my wireless setup out of the box. I run 128-bit non-broadcast WEP with DHCP. All I needed to program my WEP key and change from Static IP's to DHCP. ...more info
  • Worth the hassle
    I, like many others, had huge headaches initially setting up this wireless adapter. I actually had to go to a friend's house and use his computer to set it up because (after a couple of hours and several attempts) Linksys Support said that my wireless router was too old to communicate with this adapter (at least for setup, not for use thereafter). However, after all the hassle of getting the wireless adapter setup, the pay off has been amazing. I haven't had any problems since the initial setup and I have used it to get both my PS3 and Xbox 360 online flawlessly. So it was pain in the butt to set up, but it has ultimately been worth it. ...more info
  • Not for the network novice, works with Sony BDP-S350 Blu-Ray
    The bottom line is, I was able to get the device configured to work with my Sony BDP-S350 Blu-Ray disc player, but only after reconfiguring my network to work with WEP encryption. I don't recommend this device for anyone not familiar with network configuration unless your wireless network is unsecured (in which case you should first visit all your neighbors and find out which ones are hanging off of your network, and make them at least buy you a beer, or share their popcorn).
    There are lots of reviews on this site explaining how to set it up with a static IP address, so I won't go into that in much detail. I'll just reiterate that it is the only way to go, and that you should configure the BD player likewise. The adapter IP address should be set up as 192.168.x.250, and the player should be set up as 192.168.x.251, where 'x' is either 0 or 1 depending on how your network is configured.
    Once I got the box configured and connected to the BD player, I was immediately greeted with a "newer software version available from the network" message, and proceeded to download it, but only after one minor glitch. (Funny story): I kept getting "network connection terminated, try again later" errors when attempting to download the upgrade, and thought I had done something wrong, or that the unit may be as bad some of those other folks have lamented. However, on a whim, I decided to move the adapter from inside my entertainment center to the top of it, and closer to the door of my den (and away from the brick wall between the adapter and my wireless router), and it worked perfectly! (I guess you had to be there.) After this, my first foray into the BD-Live experience went off without a single glitch.
    I was not, however, able to get this box to work with WPA2/TKID Personal encryption, which at least one reviewer said does work. Save some time and just configure it for WEP with a good key.
    The experience was a challenge for me (call me weird), and I'm grateful for all the technical information other reviewers have provided. The results are worth it so far. The three rating is only because of the not so great documentation....more info
  • Outdated and Aged
    I bought this item for enabling me to connect my Toshiba HD A35 DVD player to the internet, after what I thought was some decent research. But boy was I in for a surprise. First there were no printed instructions in the box, that may be the fault of the distributor not necessarily Cisco. However I used the CD to try install the device, which started looking for the WGA54G. That's when it occurred to my that I need to connect it to my computer using the ethernet cable. The set up was supposed to automatically detect the device and proceed with the configuring. This did not happen. I had to contact Cisco via the online chat to get help. So I had to use the browser setting to configure the device. This was where I got the big shocker. The wireless security provided is WEP only. For those who do not know; WEP is not recommended as an effective wireless security protocol, WPA is preferred. My existing wireless network runs on WPA. Cisco instructed me to change the wireless network settings to WEP (are they crazy?). So I said no, when will there be a firmware upgrade available to support WAP. Answer is we do not know, you may want to try a network wireless bridge WET54G which does the same thing but supports WPA. The transmission speeds for the WgA54G is also slow, I currently transmit at up to speeds of 108 MPS. So if you have a modern wireless network, do not purchase this antiquated device, unfortunately I do not have a recommendation for you, I am still researching a better solution....more info
  • Fast, easy to setup, and not just for games
    Anyone with basic home networking experience can set this up and be running in under five minutes. Just throw away the setup disk, and use the web interface through the Ethernet port.

    I am using it on my Tivo right now, so it's not just for games as the name would lead you to believe. This is basically a wireless bridge and can be use to connect any Ethernet device to a wireless network....more info
  • Couldn't Be Easier
    This wireless adapter is good for more than gaming! Set-up was easy and quick. I am using the adapter to tie my HD-DVR into my home network to download on demand programing from Direct TV to the DVR....more info
  • Does not work with WPA-PSK
    I recently purchased one of these at the local Fry's electronics. It is the version 2.1, with firmware 1.16, Mar 29 2005.
    I configured it using the built in web interface, not the CD. The unit appears to work fine with either NO security, or with WEP.
    Even though there is an option for WPA-PSK in the configuration pages, IT DOES NOT WORK. This was confirmed by Linksys technical support. There is no firmware fix for it at this time. They were ready to give me an RMA, however I decided to return it to the store and find another product that does support WPA.

    ...more info
  • Game Bridge for X-Box360
    The Linksys WGA54G Wireless-G Gaming Adapter works as advertized.
    You MUST read ALL the directions before trying to hookup to your home
    wireless network. If you don't, you will more than likely get a "no
    connection" when you first try to use it. I tried it out of the box
    and it didn't work. Yuck, I read the instructions and somehow it seemed
    to work after that :-) Can you imagine that?...more info