I'm trying to help a neighbor get wireless setup working with their Linksys WRT54G and a Toshiba Satellite M55. They also have a desktop going into one of the LAN ports, which is working.
The WRT54G has a password set on it, which they can't remember because someone else set the Linksys up for them awhile ago. I found the following info for resetting the Linksys to defaults (""/"admin"):
They have the WRT54G in their library, on the 1st floor. The SSID/network ID is set to "linksys", and according to them, it was setup with a WEP(?) password.
I enabled the wireless on the Toshiba (there's a small switch on the front edge that I flipped to 'on', and I enabled the wireless connection under Windows).
Now, on the laptop, if I go to "View networks", I could OCCASIONALLY (but not always) see "linksys" appear on the list of networks. The signal was very weak... something like 1 bar.
I moved the to the library, and even then, I could only see like 1 bar during those times that I could even see the "linksys" network at all.
As mentioned above, I'm not that familiar with the WRT54G, so I was wondering if anyone might be able to suggest why the signal seemed so weak (again, to the point that I the Toshiba couldn't even see the "linksys" network sometimes)??
With the WRT54G, do you have to configure it to a specific channel? I'm thinking that there may be several other WIFI access points in the neighborhood (including mine, which is an old R1000, "B" only), and that this neighbor's WRT54G may be using the same channel as another way, and it may be overwhelmed? Is that a possibility?