Configuring Linksys wireless router wap54g from my laptop

Posted on 2009-12-30
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Hello I have a linksys wap54g wireless router on the network that I am trying to reconfigure but cannot find the ip address on the network to access the web console. I tried resetting it but still cannot get into the router via the factory default IP address. I cannot even find the router on the network. Is there any tool I can use from linksys website that can help me locate and reconfigure the router? Can I connect the router to my computer directly with a ethernet cable and configure it that way? The router is connected to a switch on my network. I have the mac address and tried utilizing the arp -a  command but that didn't work either.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Question by:rbonds
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    by:Dan Arseneau
    The wireless router is most likely leasing IP addresses (yes by default) so set your NIC on your laptop to DHCP and plug it directly into the router (1 of the 4 ports, not the uplink port).  Once you get an IP, go to a CMD prompt and type in IPCONFIG.  the Default Gateway will be your router's IP address.
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    hi... hard reset the AP...release the reset after 45 seconds and power down the AP after couple of mins. connect the AP directly to the computer...assign a static IP address on the computer for e.g. Subnet Mask Default Gateway, go to command prompt and try pinging to, check whether you are getting any replies or not, if it doesn't give any reply then i believe AP have gone bad...

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    The most reliable way is to connect your router DIRECTLY to your computer and use the usual IP address through your browser to access its configuration screen by navigating to (although this IP address is standard for Linksys, yours may be different--but I think this is correct for your model). When you press the router's RESET button, it goes back to its default IP address, so you should need nothing more from Linksys.

    I hope this helps.
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    And connect you router directly to computer at first, no switch in middle
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    set your local ip address to
    set your subnet mask
    apply changes

    try connect

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    I did exactly as instructed above and was able to get to the console and reconfigure the router.

    Thanks for all the help.

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