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Linksys WET11 Wireless-B Ethernet Bridge

Setup Guide and Resources

 

 

 

Product Description

The versatile wireless Ethernet bridge from Linksys can make any wired Ethernet-equipped device a part of your wireless network. At home, use the wireless Ethernet bridge to connect game consoles, set-top boxes, or computers to your wireless network to share your high-speed network connection. In the office, convert your Ethernet-wired printer, scanner, camera, notebook, or desktop into a wireless networked device.

It's completely driver-free, so it works on any platform and with any operating system. Because there are no drivers to load, setup is a snap--just plug it into your device and configure the network settings using the easy-to-use Linksys setup software.

You can also use the Linksys wireless Ethernet bridge as a kind of "cableless cable" to connect remote areas together. Maybe the Shipping department is all the way across the warehouse from Receiving. Or maybe you want to set up a home office in your detached garage. With a wireless Ethernet bridge in the garage and an other one (or a wireless access point) in the house, you're connected--without the hassle of cabling.

Technical Details

  • Easily configurable through easy to use Linksys Setup Software or your Web browser

  • Capable of up to 128-Bit WEP encryption

  • Converts wired-Ethernet devices to wireless network connectivity

  • Works without drivers on Macintosh, Windows, XBOX 360, PS3, PlayStation2, Xbox, Linux, network printers--anything with an Ethernet port

  • Provides wireless, cable-free bridging between remote workgroups

Setup Software and Installation Support Materials:

Additional guides that can make setting up your device on the WET11 a little easier:

Windows Vista Users Notes:

We have tested the setup software for this device with Windows Vista and it works perfectly.  The only thing that doesn't work in Windows Vista is the firmware flash utility.  If you need to flash the firmware on this device you'll need to do so on a PC with an older version of Windows. (XP, 2000, 98SE)

Configuring the Linksys WET11 802.11b Wireless Ethernet Bridge:

Some warnings before we start:

  1. There are 2 ways to configure the device; through software and directly through a web browser.  You cannot configure this device using the software through the MAC OS.  It will not work - the software is not compatible.  You need a PC running Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP (Home or Pro), or Windows Vista (any version).  
  2. Our opinion is that calling Linksys support is a waste of time.  They don't offer support for this device that's worth your time.  It's a discontinued device that very few support personnel have actually ever seen and they frequently have users change settings that have nothing to do with configuring the device correctly.  (They're clueless.)  If you already called Linksys and they told you the device is bad, try to forget the time you wasted talking to them, and follow our instructions if you want a working device.
  3. Setting up this device through a laptop is sometimes a little buggy.  It will probably work, but you may have to retry some of the steps.  For some reason, communication with this device through the Ethernet port on a laptop is spotty.
  4. This is an 802.11b wireless device and supports WEP encryption.  It DOES NOT support WPA, or WPA-2 encryption methods.  It's either no security or WEP if you want this device to work on your network.  There's no way around this.
  5. Setting up the WET11 for use on a wireless network where the default IP address is outside the traditional range beginning with 192.168.1.0 is a bit more challenging and is not covered here.  This generally applies to Apple Airport/MAC networks, which use a different default internal IP address range.  For help configuring the WET11 using a MAC, go here.  Note that Apple Airport routers have the ability to use the 192.168.x.x IP address range and you might want to consider using that instead if you're running a PC-centric network.
 

 

 

 

 

Let's take a minute to Understand the Wireless Network that you're trying to connect your device to:

It's pretty common for people to have little or no knowledge of how their wireless network actually works or is configured.  This presents a bit of a problem when a network is encrypted and a user wants to add a device but doesn't really know how. 

 

So, let's take this step by step.

 

First it's important to know exactly what your hardware layout is.  For the purposes of this help page we're going to assume that you have the following:

 

---A cable or DSL or FIOS internet connection with a cable modem connected to a wireless network router, or a cable/DSL/FIOS gateway that has a wireless network router built-in.---

 

If you have some other exotic hardware layout, we're going to assume you're a bit of a network geek and you don't really need us....

 

By far, the most common layout is:

 

 

In the image above, the cable/DSL company has provided the modem and maybe even the wireless router.  Alternatively, the cable/DSL provider may have given you just 1 box that does the job of both the modem and the wireless router.  This is often referred to as a gateway.

 

Regardless of what devices you have that are creating the internet connection and the internal wireless network for you, we need to collect some basic info about how your wireless network is configured.

 

Here's the first big question: 

 

    Is your wireless network open or is it encrypted?  Click on the link below to answer the question.

 

        It's open, I'm sure of it and I know the SSID/Network Name

       

        It's encrypted, I am certain it's encrypted

       

        I really don't know


Let's start with Yes, it's open, and I know the SSID/Network Name.

Note: If your wireless network is open and the SSID/Network Name is "linksys", the device will work right out of the box or upon reset and you should see a lit power light, LAN light, and WLAN light immediately upon connecting and powering on the device.  The default SSID that the WET11 ships with is "linksys" and no configuration will be needed.  If your SSID is something else, read on.

Setup steps:

  1. Connect the WET11 bridge directly to the back of a desktop PC or an available port on your router using the wired cable provided with the device.  (If you donít have an available port, simply disconnect a device temporarily.)  In our experience, connecting the device to the router is the more reliable method. If youíre connecting it directly to a PC, make sure itís powered on before continuing.  (Note: configuration through a laptop is hit or miss and we recommend against it.)  The remainder of the instructions assume youíve connected the device to your router.  Use common sense if you've connected it to a PC.

 

  1. Plug the included AC adapter into a power outlet and then into the device.

 

  1. Make sure the LAN indicator light on the device is lit at this point.  If itís not, flip the crossover switch on the rear of the device.

 

  1. Using the end of a bent paperclip or the fine point of a pencil or other instrument, press in and hold the reset button located on the back of the bridge for a few seconds to restore the device to factory defaults.  At this point you should see that the PWR and the LAN indicator lights on the bridge are both lit.  If the LAN light is not lit at this point, please go back to step 1.  (We reset it after testing and prior to shipping, but it wonít hurt for you to do it again.)  If you get back to this step again and you do not get a lit LAN indicator light, you might try connecting the WET11ís cable to another port on the router.  The best bet at this point is to use a port youíre already using for another device that you know if working and on the network.  (Donít disconnect the PC you plan to configure the WET11 from.)

 

  1. On a PC that's connected by a network cable to the same network router, open your browser (Internet Explorer only please) and type in 192.168.1.225   (Those are periods in between the numbers.)  Please do not try to configure the device from a PC connected to your network wirelessly.

 

  1. A dialogue box will open and the bridge's internal browser-based configuration utility should prompt you for a username and password.  Leave the username blank and TAB to the password field and enter the default password, 'admin'.  (Do not enter the quotes, just the word.)

 

  1. You are now in the Setup.  For details on all the settings available here, see the user's guide: 

    ftp://ftp.linksys.com/pdf/wet11_ug.pdf

    Here's what you should see:

    The setting that we're interested in is in the wireless section.

    You'll need to change the SSID to match the SSID/Network name of your wireless network.  The default setting is 'linksys'  This is case sensitive.

    Assuming you do not have encryption turned on on your network, you simply need to click on Apply at the bottom.

    Your WET11 will "reboot" and after a few moments you should see the WLAN indicator light up.  If it doesn't light up, you've either entered the SSID incorrectly, your network is using wireless encryption, or your router is set to not talk to wireless-b devices.  Check the entry of the SSID first and retry it.  If that doesn't solve the problem, you need to go here.

 

  1. One youíve configured the device to work with your network, donít forget to flip the crossover switch on the back of the device to the |X| position prior to connecting it to the device you want to use it with.  If the LAN light is not on when you connect that device (making sure that device is powered on), try flipping the switch to the other position.

OK, So you're sure your wireless network is encrypted.  OK, now we have 2 possibilities:

 

    I know it's encrypted and I know all of the following settings:

        1.  The SSID/Network Name

        2.  The Level of WEP Encryption (64 bit or 128 bit) (Note that the WET11 only supports WEP encyption, not WPA/WPA-2)

        3.  The passphrase (can only be used if your router is made by Linksys) or the WEP Key.

 

    If you know all 3, click here to continue.

 

            Or Click here:

 

    I know it's encrypted, but I don't know what all those settings are.


Step 3 - How to get the information you need about your wireless network from your wireless router

 

    Regardless of who made your wireless router/gateway, there are usually 2 main methods used to configure it or check the settings:

  1. The device probably came with a Setup CD with a configuration wizard that will walk you through examining the setup of your router or changing the settings.  If you have or can find the CD, great.  If not:

  2. Most wireless routers can also be configured through a web browser.  (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.)  In order to configure the device/examine your settings through a web browser you need to know what the IP Address of the router is.  This can be found in one of the following places:

     

    • The manual for the device.

    • If your wireless router/gateway was provided by your cable/DSL company, sometimes the default IP address is written on a label on the device itself.

    • If you cannot find the manual and the IP address isn't written on the device, you can try calling your service provider if they provided the wireless router/gateway. 

    • Try the most common wireless router default IP addresses:

      1. Linksys:   192.168.1.1

      2. D-Link:    192.168.0.1

      3. Netgear:  192.168.0.1

      4. SMC:      192.168.2.1

      5. Ativa:      192.168.2.1

    • If none of these methods works you can also try this:

      • Within Windows, Click on Start, Find and Click on "Run".  In the box that pops up type "cmd" (just the 3 letters) and Hit Enter.  A black DOS-style text box will appear. In that window type "ipconfig" and Hit Enter.  A list of data will appear.  One item will be the Default Gateway.  The number that appears beside it should be the IP address for your router.  Write that number down.  You'll need it in just a moment.

 

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT POINT IN THE PROCESS:  If you are unsure of your network's settings and you cannot get into your router to determine what the settings are, it's not possible to move forward.  If you want the benefits of a secured wireless network it's important to take the time to learn how this actually works so that you can add devices to your wireless network and be confident that they are properly configured.  From this point forward we're assuming that you've got the setup CD or you've found the IP address for your router.

 

Wireless Router Configuration

 

For the purposes of this tutorial we're going to look at the browser-based setup screens for what is arguably the most common wireless router in use today, the Linksys WRT54G.  (Most Linksys router setup screens look the same.)  You will find similar screens and settings in your router's configuration utility, regardless of the brand.

 

First you'll need to open Internet Explorer and type in the router's IP address and then hit 'Enter'.  Here's an example of what that looks like:

Hint:  The 'http://' isn't necessary.  Just type in the numbers separated by periods.

Remember, it's not necessarily the numbers in the picture - scroll back up to the list of common default IP addresses or enter the IP address that you wrote down in previous steps.

 

Notice that a logon dialogue box appears.  For Linksys products, the default username is often blank, and the password is 'admin'  (Note:  95 out of 100 users have never changed this password even if they have WEP encryption turned on.  This is akin to having an alarm system on your house, but leaving the front door wide open.  If yours is the default, consider changing this to something a bit more secure.)

 

For other devices, if you are unsure of the username and password, try a Google search that contains the make and model of your router and 'default password'.   Or you can try to find it here

 

Once you're in the setup you'll see a screen like this:

 

 

The only setting we're concerned with on this page is under Network Address Server Settings.  We want to make sure that DHCP Server is enabled.  If for some reason your router has DHCP disabled, you are using static IP addresses for all of your internal devices, and this is a somewhat advanced method of network configuration.  If someone else setup your network, you may need their help adding this device and your game console to your network.

 

If DHCP server is enabled, we can move on.

 

To the right of the Setup Tab heading you'll see the tab labeled "Wireless".  Click on that.  In other routers, poke around until you find the page with wireless settings.

 

 

This page shows us 3 key settings that you'll need to write down:

  1. The Wireless Network Mode - We want to see Mixed Mode.  If your router is set for Performance Mode or G-only or N-only or N+G only, you need to change this setting to mixed mode or B+G or N+G+B.

  2. The Wireless Network Name or SSID (interchangeable terms).  Write this down.  Use care, it's case sensitive,

  3. The state of SSID broadcast.  Enabled or Disabled.

Note:  If you change a setting here (from performance mode to mixed mode for example), you'll need to Save the Settings before leaving this page.

 

Once you've written these settings down (you can also print the screen) Click on "Wireless Security" (to the right of Basic Wireless Settings)

 

 

This page shows us the remainder of the settings that you need to write down:

  1. The Security Mode - For the WET11 the only 2 compatible settings are Disabled (off - no encryption) or WEP.  If your router is set to some other encryption level (WPA - WPA2) you will need to switch to WEP instead - note that all your other wireless devices are affected by this change and will need to be reconfigured to connect to your network using the new settings - that is beyond the scope of this support page, and our responsibility to you.)

  2. The Level of WEP Encryption - This can either be 64-bit or 128-bit.

  3. The passphrase. - This may or may not be filled in.  More on this in a moment

  4. The encryption keys. - If the passphrase line is empty, it's likely that only Key 1 contains data.  We'll cover this in depth next.

Note:  As with the previous screen, if you change a setting here (from performance mode to mixed mode for example), you'll need to Save the Settings before leaving this page.

 

Let's take a minute with the last 2 settings.  Unfortunately there is some variation in the terms that router manufacturers use here.  In the case of the Linksys router (and many others) you'll notice that if you type something into the passphrase line and click on generate, the settings for Key 1-4 fill in automatically.  If you have a Linksys router you can use this option with the WET11 as it has a similar feature.  But if your router is from another manufacturer, even though they may have a similar feature, we do not recommend using it as the algorithm used to generate the Keys from the Passphrase may be different. 

 

To be safe, we're only going to use Key 1.  Just be sure you write this setting down with care.  64-bit Keys are 10 characters long.  128-bit Keys are 26 characters long.

 

Some manufacturers, may call Key 1 the passphrase.  This can obviously causes some confusion.  The thing to remember when you're looking around your router's configuration screens looking for this information is that once you find the section that specifies WEP encryption and whether it's 64-bit or 128-bit, the key is generally located in the same section.  If the device is using 64-bit WEP, the Key is 10 characters long and if it's 128-bit WEP, it's 26 characters long.  Don't let terminology differences frustrate you.  Just use common sense.  (Having your router manual handy if you have it is helpful too.)

 

Once you've written all of these settings down, you can close the setup software or the browser window, being careful not to save any changes that you didn't intend to make.  (And also taking care to make sure that YOU HAVE SAVED any changes that you DID INTEND to make.)

 

Now that you have all the necessary information about your wireless network we can move on to configuring your WET11.


Setting-Up the Linksys WET11 Wireless Bridge for a WEP Encrypted Network

Note:  If you've already tried setting up the WET11, especially if you've done so with the help of Linksys, before you start this part of the process we recommend that you reset the WET11 to factory default settings.  To do so, power the adapter and use a bent paperclip end to push in the recessed reset button on the back of the device for 10-15 seconds. 

Setup steps:

  1. Connect the WET11 bridge directly to the back of a desktop PC or an available port on your router using the wired cable provided with the device.  (If you donít have an available port, simply disconnect a device temporarily.)  In our experience, connecting the device to the router is the more reliable method. If youíre connecting it directly to a PC, make sure itís powered on before continuing.  (Note: configuration through a laptop is hit or miss and we recommend against it.)  The remainder of the instructions assume youíve connected the device to your router.  Use common sense if you've connected it to a PC.

 

  1. Plug the included AC adapter into a power outlet and then into the device.

 

  1. Make sure the LAN indicator light on the device is lit at this point.  If itís not, flip the crossover switch on the rear of the device.

 

  1. Using the end of a bent paperclip or the fine point of a pencil or other instrument, press in and hold the reset button located on the back of the bridge for a few seconds to restore the device to factory defaults.  At this point you should see that the PWR and the LAN indicator lights on the bridge are both lit.  If the LAN light is not lit at this point, please go back to step 1.  (We reset it after testing and prior to shipping, but it wonít hurt for you to do it again.)  If you get back to this step again and you do not get a lit LAN indicator light, you might try connecting the WET11ís cable to another port on the router.  The best bet at this point is to use a port youíre already using for another device that you know if working and on the network.  (Donít disconnect the PC you plan to configure the WET11 from.)

 

  1. On a PC that's connected by a network cable to the same network router, open your browser (Internet Explorer only please) and type in 192.168.1.225   (Those are periods in between the numbers.)  Please do not try to configure the device from a PC connected to your network wirelessly.

 

  1. A dialogue box will open and the bridge's internal browser-based configuration utility should prompt you for a username and password.  Leave the username blank and TAB to the password field and enter the default password, 'admin'.  (Do not enter the quotes, just the word.)

 

  1. You are now in the Setup.  For details on all the settings available here, see the user's guide: 

    ftp://ftp.linksys.com/pdf/wet11_ug.pdf

    Here's what you should see:

    The settings that we're interested in are in the wireless section.

    You'll need to change the SSID to match the SSID/Network name of your wireless network.  The default setting is 'linksys'  This is case sensitive.

    Then check the Enable box (radio button) int he WEP section.

    Now click on the WEP settings button.  A new settings box/page will pop-up.  (Disable any pop-up blockers you may have if they interfere with this process.)

    If you are connecting to a Linksys router you can use the passphrase feature to generate the keys.  It must be the same passphrase that you used in your router.  Make sure that the level of encryption you are using matches - look at the box next to key one.  It defaults to 64-bit encryption.  Change this to 128-bit if your router is set that way.

    Alternatively, simply type in the key or keys that are being used in your router. 

    Make sure you apply your changes when you're finished.

    When you're done on this page and you're returned to the main setup page, be sure to save your changes there as well.

    After you've applied all of your changes, your WET11 will "reboot" and after a few moments you should see the WLAN indicator light up.  If it doesn't light up, you've probably entered one or more settings incorrectly. Start over and pay careful attention to your entries.

 

  1. One youíve configured the device to work with your network, donít forget to flip the crossover switch on the back of the device to the |X| position prior to connecting it to the device you want to use it with.  If the LAN light is not on when you connect that device (making sure that device is powered on), try flipping the switch to the other position.

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