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Topic # 7656 1-May-2006 16:09
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I am trying to get a Linksys/Cisco WRT54G (version 5 firmware) wireless router working with the Woosh IPWireless desktop modem, with no success. I have talked to Linksys,  IPWireless and Woosh with no luck. Anybody had been able to do this??

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Wannabe Geek

Reply # 34601 3-May-2006 07:34
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Set the router to use a PPPoE connection

The settings are as follows:
 PPPoE username: <your password>DNS servers:, 1458Set connection to "Stay Connected" or similar setting You will need a PPPoE cable to connect your Woosh modem to the WAN port of the router, this is available from Woosh or resellers for $34(incl GST). Note that the DNS servers may be optional, depending on the other settings of your router. 

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  Reply # 34607 3-May-2006 08:10
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I think you'll find its a problem with the version 5 firmware - had a mate who had a PPPoE problem on a v5 WRT54g a couple of weeks ago, and after a bit of Googling, I found that there was a recurring problem with the v5... see example:,15197040?hilite=wrt54g+firmware

The following quote from that link talks about a packet capture of the PPPoE Active Discovery (PAD) which is the handshake between a PPPoE router and modem...

"quote" The router sends out the PADI as expected, but fails to respond to any PADO packets it receives "unquote" if it doesn't listen to the PADO (Offer), it will never think the modems actually there.

Apparently the problem still exists as of the latest firmware (1.00.6 Jan'06)


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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 34608 3-May-2006 08:48
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Thanks for the above, there seems to be a lot of people having issues with the WRT54G V5 linksys wireless router, see

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  Reply # 34614 3-May-2006 11:04
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The V5 WRT54g is completely different to the earlier versions of this router. The earlier versions are far better and can also have custom firmware loaded onto them (such as DD-WRT which is what I run). If you can return the router I would do so and then try and get an earlier model. There are only V5 models available now from Ingram Micro who import them but if you try ringing about DSE stores you may be able to track down an older one I picked up a V3 model at DSE in Porirua a few weeks ago and had a friend pick one up as well from another store. The serial number is on the outside of the box so it easy to check. If you have a look here you ideally want a CDF8, CDF9 or CDFA model. There have also been a few on trademe but they tend to go for the same price or even more than a new router!

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 34974 5-May-2006 12:51
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Linksys Help Desk

Vera Veronica: Hi, my name is Vera Veronica. How may I help you?

Vera Veronica: Hello, Conrad.

Vera Veronica: This is about a WRT54G v5 unit, right?

Conrad: I have discussed issues with my WRT54G V5 with you people before and I am still not able to get it talking to my IPWireless desktop modem

Conrad: This is what my ISP says

Vera Veronica: Go on, Conrad.

Conrad: The settings are as follows:

PPPoE username:

Password: <your password>

DNS servers:,

MTU: 1458

Set connection to "Stay Connected" or similar setting

You will need a PPPoE cable to connect your Woosh modem to the WAN port of the router, this is available from Woosh or resellers for $34(incl GST).

Note that the DNS servers may be optional, depending on the other settings of your router.

Conrad: I have done all this and it still doesnt work

Vera Veronica: So this was what was advised by your Internet Service Provider as to the settings that  are to bet set on the router and you are still having problems with your IP Wireless desktop?

Conrad: The router talks to the computer (pinged it) but the router does not talk to the modem

Conrad: To cut a long story short looking around the forums the WRT54G V5 seems to have bad press is there a firmware fix coming out anytime soon or should I give up and take it back

Vera Veronica: I do not think this is related to the "bad press" regarding the WRT54G v5.0. I opened up your previous record and it says that your Internet Service is Broadband Cable nor Broadband DSL, correct?

Conrad: correct it is wireless

Conrad: can you look up my last query this goes through the above

Vera Veronica: I see. As mentioned by my colleague, this router is built and guaranteed to work with Broadband Cable or Broadband DSL services. If it didn't work for you with the setup that was suggested by your service provider, I suggest you have the unit exchanged at the store you got it from. You can try the WRT54G v4.0 or any other among the other hardware versions of that model.

Conrad: what about ver 6 and 7

Vera Veronica: You can also try those.

Conrad: are they in the stores yet

Vera Veronica: I believe, they are already, Conrad. You are in the US region, I believe?

Conrad: No I am at the end of the earth, somewhere below Australia, in a little Island called New Zealand

Vera Veronica: I see.

Vera Veronica: Let me double check if those hardware versions are already available there. Okay?

Vera Veronica: Conrad, I'm sorry it took so long. Thank you for holding on, though.

Conrad: Are a lot of other people having problems with the WRT54G V5

Vera Veronica: Anyway, I'm afraid those to recent hardware versions haven't been rolled out internationally yet. It's only available at US and Canada for now.

Vera Veronica: Conrad?

Conrad: Is it generally acknowledged that the WRT54G V5 was not your best product?

Vera Veronica: Are you still there?

Conrad: Are a lot of other people having problems with the WRT54G V5

Vera Veronica: I see that you are responding, but I am not getting your responses. I might be having problems with the connection to our server or there's just something wrong with our connection. Please submit a new chat request in a few minutes and another agent will be able to assist you.  I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Vera Veronica Has Disconnected

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  Reply # 34998 5-May-2006 14:28
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Hub + Ethereal is your friend.

Thats if this 'pppoe' cable is an rj45 ethernet cat5 cable.

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  Reply # 35540 11-May-2006 20:32
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I give up the Linksys Cisco WRT54G does not work for me ....took it back yesterday will try DLINK 

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  Reply # 35541 11-May-2006 20:46
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Im sorry what - $34 for a cable! Im hoping its not copper Wink

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