Linksys WRT54G wireless-G router will not connect with Linksys WAP54G wireless-G access point
Posted on 2006-05-01
As mentioned in the title, the router and access point will not connect. They did previously - I don't know what happened. Here are the basics: I have several wired routers on the network, one of which is the gateway at 192.168.15.1. I have assigned 192.168.15.120 to the WRT54G and 192.168.15.130 to the WAP54G. The WRT54G is configured as a router, not a gateway, and DHCP is off. The SSIDs and WEP keys match, and both are on channel 6. Everything is configured for shared key, no additional security features (MAC filter, etc., have been enabled).
Here is something that I think must be a clue, though Linksys support apparently was unimpressed - they seem to be rather hopeless, in fact (I sent them screen captures of all settings on both units, and they still are struggling to find a clue). I can ping both the router and the access point with my laptop when only the router OR the access point is powered on. When both are powered on, I can only ping the unit that was powered on first. For example, if I connect the WRT54G, then the WAP54G, I can ping only the WRT54G. If I then disconnect the WRT54G, I can ping the WAP54G. If I then reconnect the WRT54G, I cannot ping it, but I can still ping the WAP54G.
Maybe this is another clue. I also have a Linksys media adapter. Previously it worked okay. Now it will pick up a signal from the WRT54G and it will connect, but no pictures or songs are available. No settings were changed on the media adapter.
Linksys support has been working (or not) on this issue for weeks, so I am giving it the highest difficulty rating.