- Model Number: WMP54G-FR
- Model Name: WMP54G
Cisco-Linksys Wireless-G PCI Card WMP54G - Network adapter - PCI - 802.11b, 802.11g
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I bought this to add a new Dell desktop PC to our existing wireless-G network, with a Linksys router. (That HAS lasted well, for the last 2 years.) Let me state that I hated setting up the network originally, because I didn't know what I was doing, and I have had trouble adding friend's laptops onto it when they came to visit. I was anticipating several hours of playing with network names, channel settings, and security codes to get it right. Installing the hardware was a bit of a pain, but that is my fault and Dell's--first, because I turned off the computer and started to take it apart before I read the directions that said to install the software FIRST, and second, because Dell made it easy to open their case, but hard to get the back cover off the one empty PCI slot (which looked like two empty slots from the outside). But once I had the card in, the case closed, the antenna screwed on, and the power back on, the directions said to press the button on the front of the router and click "next" on the computer. I did, and about 60 seconds later, the computer was on the Internet!! I wish everything was this easy!
(Added April 2009) Like some others here, our card did stop communicating after about 6 months. After about 15 hours on the phone with both Dell and Linksys technical support, I figured out that the cause was another company's trial software that Dell had installed on our system--it set up a firewall that we could not turn off, that protected us from the dangers of the Internet by not allowing us ON the Internet. We had to re-install all software on our computer and we are still having problems. However, I do not blame Linksys for the problem, because it was not their software that caused the problem, and the rest of our Linksys network works just fine. FYI, our operating system is Windows XP.
On a more positive note, tech support, at least via live chat, was very helpful and had me run a gamut of tests and configurations, all of which ultimately failed. Honestly, I'll never buy another Linksys product because of this failed product and about half a dozen other negative experiences I have had with the company failing to battle test their hardware and firmware. I've personally had very good luck with all netgear products I have purchased. However, I have not had any experience with the newest Range NEXT routers/adapters and thus can't recommend them.
I was very disapointed that this was not mentioned anywhere on the ad or even on the box!!
Since it was the kid's computer for games like Freddy Fish (stuff that works easily in Wine) I decided to try the card out on PClinuxOS, since it seemed to be the friendliest OS besides Ubuntu I could find.
First thing I did was try the card on it's default rt drivers that were installed with PClinuxOS. At first it said it couldn't find any networks, then I tried again and it gave me a "ra0" option or something along that line. I tried it and my system froze.
After a reboot, I decided to remove those rt drivers and the already installed version of ndiswrapper, use the 'make' and 'make install' commands for the latest version, installed the driver with ndiswrapper, modprobed it, went through the Wireless GUI, and added ndiswrapper as a module to load on bootup (can't recall the command right now).
It might seem like a lot of work but in the end I haven't had to touch any of the command line since. It even signs on during the boot process and if we ever change our essid or pass phrase or whatever I can just use the Wireless GUI again. Ever since NOT using Linksys third party software, this card has lasted two years and doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon.
Wow, looking back at my review I forgot how big of a nerd I used to be and can't even remember half the stuff I was talking about.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Products works excellent, fine. I bought a USB wifi adapter made by Netgear. It is much harder to use. Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by S. Mohamed
Excellent product; does exactly what is supposed to do. Very easy to install. You can depend on Linksys.Published on February 11, 2010 by John B. Nordmann
I bought the Linksys Wireless-G 2.4GHZ Model WMP54G Ver.4.1 and am not happy with it at all! The card will work for a while then stop working. Read morePublished on November 14, 2009 by DFAMZSTORE
For the linksys WMP54G, do not install it using the Linksys setup disk. It does not work with Windows XP. Instead, use the native Windows Zero Wireless configuration. Read morePublished on October 23, 2009 by Rolaed
I tried this card in 2 different computers. In one the signal wasn't strong enough to pick up the router (XP). Vista is what gave me the real problems. Read morePublished on July 8, 2009 by M. Prentice
Outside the usual little glicks setting up a wireless network the installation and subsequent performance of this item have been exceptional. Read morePublished on August 29, 2008 by Duane C.
It works !
still dont like wireless though and going to wire the house