Can Not Connect Using Linksys USB Adapter

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Gene, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Gene

    Gene Guest

    Okay, so I got a Virus:
    1. Formatted C drive
    2. Re-loaded Windows XP disks that came with computer
    3. Upgraded to SP3.
    4. Reloaded the Linksys Wireless software that came with the adapter
    5. Updated the drivers using the device manger
    6. Ran services.msc
    7. WZC is stopped
    8. Wusb54gsc is started
    9. Bottom Tool bar shows wireless icon as a gray box
    10. When I right click on Wireless icon it says "Disabled"
    11. When I click on Use Windows XP to congiure nothing happens
    12. Wireless network worked before getting virus.

    Any advice will be greatly apprecoated by this newbie!
    Gene, Jul 28, 2008
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  2. Gene

    John Guest

    WUSB54G wifi card?
    Did you download the latest driver from Linksys?
    Did you run Linksys driver setup first before plugging your USB wifi card?
    Did you check the adapter status in device manager?
    John, Jul 28, 2008
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  3. Gene

    Lem Guest

    This sounds as if the computer is not recognizing the device, possibly
    because the USB port is not working ("If the Wireless Network Monitor is
    disabled or the Adapter is not connected, then the icon will be gray.")

    Do other USB devices work in the same USB jack?

    Does Device Manager show any problems (yellow exclamation point)?

    When you ran the Linksys install CD, what happened when the instructions
    told you to connect the device (you didn't have the device connected all
    of the time, did you)?

    Do you get any other options on right-clicking or double-clicking the icon?

    Lem -- MS-MVP

    To the moon and back with 2K words of RAM and 36K words of ROM.
    Lem, Jul 28, 2008
  4. Gene

    Logan Guest

    uninstall the driver you have just installed. and try to use the windows
    update to find a driver. if it not works, try to use the wzc to configure
    the wireless connection by enabling the wzc service .
    Logan, Jul 29, 2008
  5. Gene

    Gene Guest

    Hello Lem,
    Here is what happened:
    1. I can plug a thumb drive into the UBS port and save and than open Word
    documents using that same ubs port
    2. I uninstalled the Linksys adapter software and reinstalled
    3. The adapter was not plugged in while installing files
    4. The Linksys Setup wizard loaded the files on the PC okay
    5. I plugged in the Adapter when told to do so
    6. When I go to the Device Manager I can see Linksys under Network adapters
    and it says it is working properly and there are no yellow question marks
    6. However, while in the Linksys Set up Wizard I get a dialog box that asks
    if I want to use the EASY SETUP or SKIP when I click on SKIP nothing happens.
    7. On the lower toolbar the Wireless Icon (box) is now Green.
    8. When I place the curser on it it says Scanning
    9.When I right click on the Windows Wireless Icon it syas Wireless
    Connection 18 Not Connected.
    10. When I right click it says Windows Cannot Configure this Wireless
    Thanks for your response and your timne.
    Gene, Jul 30, 2008
  6. Gene

    Gene Guest

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. I'll try it.
    Gene, Jul 30, 2008
  7. Gene

    Gene Guest

    Thanks, I'll try it.

    Gene, Jul 30, 2008
  8. Gene

    Gene Guest

    Hi Logan,
    When I enable WZC is says, No Wireless Networks Found in Range.
    Gene, Jul 30, 2008
  9. Jack \(MVP-Networking\)., Jul 30, 2008
  10. Gene

    Lem Guest

    I don't know where you stand now after trying some or all of the various
    suggestions, but as of when you posted these 10 points, it looks like
    things are working properly. If the Linksys icon is green and
    "scanning," then the Linksys utility is controlling the adapter. In
    this case, the Linksys utility will turn off WZC because only one or the
    other of these utilities should be active.

    You should be able to open the Linksys utility and set it to be disabled
    in favor of WZC, if that's what you want.

    Are you sure that there is an active wireless access point in range?
    Lem -- MS-MVP

    To the moon and back with 2K words of RAM and 36K words of ROM.
    Lem, Jul 30, 2008
  11. Gene

    John Guest

    At this point, you are supposed to configure your wifi connection instead of
    "skipping". Follow Linksys wizard.
    That looks like you've installed/removed USB wifi adapter more than 15
    times. That's why it says Wireless Connection 18
    This is normal because Linksys software is controlling your wifi connection.
    Is your wireless network SSID hidden?
    John, Jul 30, 2008
  12. Gene

    Gene Guest

    Hi John,
    I think I might have a problem with the Linksys Adapter, because the Linksys
    Set Up Wizard will not allow me to get to the point where I set up the SSID
    and the WEP key. When I click on 'Skip' to advance the Set Up Wizard nothing
    happens, it freezes on that screen.

    I would uninstall and than reinstall the software hoping to get around that
    problem and than luckily came across this very helpful Newsgroup.

    Is there an alternate way to configure the SSID and WEP Key using WZC?
    Gene, Jul 31, 2008
  13. Gene

    Lem Guest

    Forget the Linksys Setup Wizard. As long as you have installed the
    driver, you don't need the Wizard.

    You are making this much more difficult than it should be.

    First of all, do you actually have a working wireless access point or
    wireless router within range of your computer? Preferably, test your
    laptop with the WUSB54GSC in the same room as the wireless router.

    Next, make sure that the wireless router is:

    (a) actually using wireless-G (and not a, b, or n);
    (b) configured with a non-default SSID that you will recognize and is
    also configured to broadcast the SSID; and
    (c) is set to use *no* encryption, MAC filter, IP address filtering, or
    other security devices.

    Were you able successfully to make all of those settings?

    Now, when you turn on the laptop, does the Linksys utility icon turn
    green and start scanning for wireless networks? Does it find the
    router? What, exactly, happens?

    What happens when you right-click on the Linksys icon? You should see a
    menu with 2 options, one to turn the Linksys monitor on/off and the
    other to use Windows wireless configuration. If you select the option
    to use Windows, double-click the Windows wireless icon and you should
    get the "Choose a wireless network" screen. Do you see the SSID of your
    router? Click "connect".

    If the above worked, go back to the router and enable WPA2 encryption
    (do *not* use WEP). The next time you see "Choose a wireless network"
    and select your router's SSID, you'll be asked to enter the password
    that you set in the router.

    This is all explained in the Linksys User Guide, which is available
    either on the CD that came with the adapter or downloadable from the
    Linksys website.

    If you are still having trouble, please answer *all* of the above questions.

    Lem -- MS-MVP

    To the moon and back with 2K words of RAM and 36K words of ROM.
    Lem, Jul 31, 2008
  14. Gene

    John Guest

    If that's the case, don't use Linksys to manage your wifi connection. Right
    click Linksys icon in the system tray then click Let Windows manage my
    wireless network (this may not be the exact message). Then use Windows WZC
    to connect to your SSID.
    John, Jul 31, 2008
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