Monday, December 12, 2011

Linksys Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge Reviewed

| Wireless Driver & Software

More Setup and Advanced Features

If you’re lucky enough to not have a Windows machine, you can still get the setup job done via the WET’s Web browser interface. But you’ll need to make sure the computer that you’re running the browser on is in the 192.168.1.X subnet, because the WET54G comes set to (subnet, gateway as its factory default. (It also defaults to Infrastructure mode with SSID of “linksys”.)

Tip TIP: Try setting your computer to (or any other 192.168.1.X address except ), subnet, gateway if you need to connect to a factory-fresh WET. You’ll probably need to reboot, too, unless you’re running WinXP.

Once you get your computer and the WET in the same subnet, open your browser and enter an address of, enter the default password of admin, and you should get the screen shown in Figure 2.

Linksys WET54G - Web I/F Setup screen

Figure 2: Web I/F – Setup screen
(click on the image for a full-sized view)

I scrolled down and cut off the top of the screen in order to get all the good stuff in. Pretty much everything you need to get up and running is on this screen. Note again, that the shot does not show the default settings, but contains changes that I made for my LAN’s configuration.

The Site Survey feature shown in Figure 3 shows only access points, wireless routers, and AdHoc networks that are in range, but not wireless clients. Clicking on an SSID should automatically change the WET’s SSID to match, but although it worked fine with Internet Explorer, Mozilla (1.4b) didn’t make the change.

Linksys WET54G - Site survey result

Tip TIP: The MAC address info shown probably won’t correspond to anything printed on your APs, wireless routers or WETs, because the MAC addresses shown for Infrastructure devices are those of their radios.

The MAC addresses for AdHoc entries are for the AdHoc network, which are randomly generated and don’t correspond to any hardware MAC address.

Figure 4 shows the Advanced settings screen. You’ve seen most of these before except for the Cloning Mode option. This can be used to set the Ethernet port MAC address the same way that you can set the WAN MAC address of many routers. I’m not quite sure where this would be used, but I’m sure the inclusion is based on feedback from WET11 applications.

Linksys WET54G - Advanced screen

Figure 4: Web I/F – Advanced settings screen
(click on the image for a full-sized view)

Other admin features include a Status page containing a nice summary of most of the WET’s settings and Transmit and Receive statistics so that you can tell whether you’re really connected to another station. You also get a Link Quality reading, but only when set to Infrastructure mode, since it’s the AP that provides the info.

A notable omission, however, is the ability to reboot the WET via the admin interface, but It’s possible that this is covered by the mini-reboots done when you apply the settings on each Admin screen. There is a Reset-to-Factory-Defaults button on the Password screen, but I doubt if you’d want to do that if you were trying to clear a problem on a remote WET.

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