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How to get back into a Buffalo WHR-G54S Airstation

Posted on 2008-10-16
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The device is currently acting like a network switch on an existing 192.168.1.x network. We have the admin username and password, as well as the WEP key, but we need to access the control panel.

We've tried connecting devices to the LAN ports as well as the WAN port, and tried manually setting the IP to be in the 192.168.11.x range (we've tried both 192.168.11.1 and 192.168.11.100 as the gateway IPs), but so far no luck. The switch on the bottom of the device is set to "AUTO" (the other option is Bridge), but no matter what setting it's on, the LED for Bridge mode is always lit.

So does anyone know of a way (besides resetting the thing) to get back into the router's control panel?
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Question by:gr8gonzo
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by:rindi
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Some devices have a special utility you must install with which you can then change settings, others have a serial port you can connect the device to. If yours has neither (look on the manufacturer's download site for a utility, or check the installation CD), you'll have to reset.
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by:Darr247
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If you connect a computer configured to get its address automatically and have nothing else connected to the WHR-G54S, does it give the computer an IP address and gateway?
If so, the gateway address it assigns should be the address you try to talk to.

Otherwise you can try a program like Angry IP Scanner.
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Sorry - none of these worked. Connecting it to the router directly without anything else connected (as if I were doing initial setup) didn't result in any DHCP addresses assigned. I tried manually setting IPs and gateways and no luck. :(

I thought I had closed out this question. Just going to have to reset the router back to factory defaults.
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by:Darr247
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Did you ever try Angry IP Scanner?
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by:gr8gonzo
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I didn't try that specific one, but I did use another IP scanner that I already had. :/
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