Linksys router compatibility with Linksys Access Point
Posted on 2006-05-24
I am very perplexed. This is a home office network consisting of a wired desktop and a wireless desktop located on a different floor of the house. Both use XP Home. Based on Linksys' recommendation, I purchased a WAP54G Access Point to improve the signal quality to a wireless desktop. The signal from the wireless router (without the access point) was consistantly "LOW". The router is a Linksys WRT54GS. We have continously had problems staying connected (either system) with this arrangement and I have not been able to determine if it is the cable modem, router or access point. Today, I replaced the router (temporarily) with a new Linksys router (same model) but could not get the access point to talk to the wireless computer. I called LINKSYS for help. After going thru another NETSET configuration to get the router up, we started working on the access point. My Tech support person asked to be put on hold for a minute and upon returning to the line, told me that this access point (WAP54G) was incompatible with the WRT54GS and would not work. Can someone confirm that this is so? It surely does not make sense to me but will accept the answer. I asked Linksys what I was suppose to have done and the answer was a "range extender". This is not what the Linksys told me several months ago. If there is incompatibility between these two boxes, is it possible that this could have been causing the connection problems with even the wired desktop? Your help is appreciated.