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#1 synergy513

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

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My linksys WUSB54G wireless adapter used to work 6 years ago, I haven't had to use it since but would love to hook it up to see what networks are available. I lost the installation CD and tried to get the downloaded equivalent from the linksys website. the install fails. I would be grateful for any help provided.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

First, uninstall any linksys software/drivers you have tried to install for that device.

http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/support/adapters/WUSB54G

Your drivers are there. You will need to be specific with the hardware revision when selecting drivers. Do what the instructions say, don't plug your device in until instructed to/after driver install. These things can be as finicky as HP printers if not pligged in/installed in the correct order.

Assuming that doesn't work, any "New Hardware Found" dialogue boxes when you plug it in?

Anyway, those are cheap now, under $10, example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833180017

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:29 PM

thanks for the reply dpunisher,

ok, i tried the uninstall, and the drivers are downloaded for a hardware revision that must be the oldest seeing as how i bought it in 2005. odd thing is, i also bought a "B" adapter as the network i was connecting to back in 2005 was a B network. anyway, the B adapter is the one i have the disc for. it installed perfectly well, but alas, no B network was to be found. also, the documentation for the B adapter advised to install the drivers off the disc before ever plugging it in USB. i used to have that G adapter working perfectly for a couple of years. I may just have to pony up some bucks and duplicate the purchase, but i am in an isolated area so it may not be worth it as a network probably isn't within 2000 feet. I would believe that the installation discs are good multiple times without any licensing issues. so many other variables are in play also, like WEP or ad-hoc and so on....

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

ok, here goes,

the G adapter probably wouldn't even find a network if outside the range of 50 meters. good news is the new N networks coming out are B compatible. anyway, turns out the G adapter I have isn't lighting up the way it should when plugged into USB, so it is more than likely non-functional. whereas the B adapters I have light up fine when plugged in and install with ease. G networks are 54 mbps and B networks are 11 mbps, the new N networks will be somewhere around twice the G bandwidth. so the B adapter will find the N network but still bottleneck at 10% potential bandwidth. and the N networks will have a range around 250 feet. whereas the G range is around 100 feet and the B range is around 150 feet. hope this helps others .

Thanx again,

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