That said, HELP!
I'm new to this community, so forgive me if I make any n00bish mistakes. At any rate, I just purchased a Linksys WRK54G Wireless-G router plus WUSB54G Wireless-G USB network adapter. This nice little package looked like it would be a dream to set up... especially after setting up and running large networks for FEMA and other companies.
I was wrong
After having gone through the setup process to connect my desktop PC to the router several times, I cannot get the router to function properly.
When using the installation CD (which simply details the obvious routine of connecting your router and setting it up), I get a network connection on my pc ok. It claims that my 100mb connection is up and running. Yet, when it gets to the last step to "Check Connection", it messes up, saying that the router won't connect to the internet. I've tried switching up cables, turning the modem and router on and off, etc., but can't get it to recognize the internet, even though my computer claims to see it. So, I can prematurely exit the router software setup, and try to use the supposed network connection, but it won't work.
If I follow the manual's instructions (which simply consists of following the same steps, but doing them before turning on the pc, afterwhich I connect to a remote IP to setup my router), I get a similar problem. I can go through the website's setup fine, and my computer acts like theres a valid connection. [bleep], I'm connecting to linksys's IP, so there must be something happening. Again, however, I can't configure my browser or any other app to work with the net, and besides my systray icons, and the lights on the router, they may as well be no connection.
The third thing I tried was using the linksys website (which is a headache). For one thing, it doesn't appear that my product is even supported. But there is a setup program that supports my router, and that acts very much like the setup program on the CD-ROM. Setup goes great with the downloadable program, up until a certain point (when it's doing the internet check), that it gives me a rather random error message saying the my router isn't supported! How odd, since the page before says that it is...
At any rate, does anyone have any idea where to start? I don't know what info you guys need... I'm on a DSL connection with a DHCP assigned IP. However, the software seems to detect and account for all those settings. All the IP info, etc., looks good. I'm running Windows XP home on this pc (I know, ug...). If you need to know anything else, just let me know.
Thanks for your time guys, and I look forward to taking part in this IT community.