Cisco-Linksys WGA54G Wireless-G Gaming Adapter
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- Lag-free head-to-head or Internet gaming at up to 54 Mbps, without stringing wires
- Converts wired-Ethernet-ready game consoles to Wireless-G (draft 802.11g) network connectivity
- Works without drivers on PlayStation2, Xbox, and GameCube
- Also connects to Wireless-B (802.11b) networks at 11 Mbps
- One year limited warranty
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- Brand Name: Linksys
- Model Number: WGA54G
- Connectivity Technology: Wireless
- Number of Ports: 1
- Network Transport Protocol: Ethernet
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In essence, if you use a router gateway to the net (which you absolutely should for its inherent hardware firewall capabilities) and you use wireless encryption (which you absolutely should to make it difficult for a techie neighbor from eavesdropping in on your network) you must set this device up manually. Not only that, but you have to set up your game machine network settings manually as well.
First, routers usually also act as DHCP servers (meaning that they'll automatically give an IP address to anything logging onto the network). That means that unless you give the device a static IP address you're never sure which address your game machine will have when it boots up. The same thing is true of the WGA54G. Unless you specify a proper static IP address and netmask, it won't connect. So you have to give both the game machine and the WGA54G (different) static addresses within the range of your local network and which don't conflict with any existing devices.
Secondly, if you do MAC filtering, you need to realize that the WGA54G has TWO ethernet adapters: the wired one (which you stick the cable plug into) and the wireless one (that connects to the antenna).Read more ›
First I have the WGA54G v2, however, I believe these should help anyone who has v1 or the AG devices.
1) Plug the adapter into your CPUs ethernet port with the RJ45 cable that comes with it and the other end into the game adapter.
2) Since the game adapter will default to 192.168.1.250, you will need to configure your ethernet port to work with the above address. I set mine to 192.168.1.249.
3) Plug in the power for your game adapter and give it about 30 seconds to boot up and configure itself. Open your browser and go to 192.168.1.250 (may want to run the setup on the CD first), but some people may be able to go directly to the game adapter without running the setup CD.
4) Once you are logged on the game adapter, be sure to set up your WEP settings, if you want to use it. Sorry WPA or WPA2 security doesn't work, so you have to configure your whole network to use WEP.
5) On the advanced page you need to be sure you are using a Mixed Mode even if all your devices are 'G band', also don't forget to set the router to mixed too. Cloning should be disabled and don't forget to set the gateway.
6) After changing the settings on the game adapter and you can test your device by pinging 192.168.1.250 on your network. If you get a response your are set, if not, you should start over and make sure you set up everything correctly.Read more ›
1) Log in to the web utility and perform all of the following manually (don't use the setup disk). If you are unable to log in to the web utility, this may be due to an issue which Linksys has conveniently left out of it's technical documentation. On some computers, you must set your IP address and Default Gateway for your wired adapter. IP: 192.168.1.100 and Default Gateway: 192.168.1.250 Now log in to the utility as suggested by Linksys
2) As far as entering all of the necessary information, I recommend disabling the SSID and MAC filter (on your router) first. Go ahead and enter the WEP key and SSID into the WGA54G's web utility. Save the information and then proceed to the advanced tab. If your router uses DHCP, click on the appropriate button, then save the settings. (You probably won't be able to access the WGA54G after this using your PC). Follow the correct device startup sequuecne discussed below and you are almost good to go.
3) Now you can worry about the MAC filter and SSID broadcast. Changing either option does not require you to re-access the WGA54G. Change the appropriate settings on your router and you should be good to go.
Note: Don't worry if the Wireless-G LED isn't lit. This does not mean anything. The device could be working perfectly and you wouldn't even know it because the LED is rarely solid. Nice of Linksys to mention that, huh?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This product is not user friendly. I would not waste my time purchasing it..ever again. I simply went to Gamestop and picked up a used microsoft wireless gaming receiver. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pamela C. Lampley
This device wouldn't access my wireless so I couldn't configure it for use.Published 10 months ago by D. Stith
Does not work for Xbox 360 and did not come with instructions. Stick with the original Xbox 360 wireless adapter.Published 17 months ago by David Martinez
I gave 3 stars only because I had to give stars in order to write this. THIS DOES NOT WORK FOR THE PLAYSTATION 3. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Amazon Customer
So difficult to manage for the layman, it's basically useless. Definitely not for the plug-and-play crowd. Unless you're a techie or know one, don't waste your time here.Published on January 14, 2014 by LadyLuv
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