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Installing and Configuring the Linksys WPC54G Wireless G Notebook Adapter Manually
Installing and Configuring the Linksys WPC54G Wireless G Notebook Adapter Manually
  • Article ID: 33543
  • Last modified date: August 16, 2010 2:08

This article describes about installing the Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Adapter.

Minimum system requirements:
  • PC with 300mhz or faster processor
  • 128mb RAM
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Available PCMCIA slot
  • Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP

    Note: This device is not compatible with Macintosh computers.
Installing the Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Adapter

Important Note: You must run the installation CD before you connect the adapter to your computer's USB port.

Installing the Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Adapter

You should first configure your Linksys WRT54G router before you attempt to install the PCMCIA wireless adapter. Please follow the instructions in KB article 25695 before you continue to step 2 below.


Insert the CD that came with the your PCMCIA wireless adapter into the CD drive. It should run automatically. If it does not, explore the CD and run setup.exe.


On the screen that appears first, click Click Here to Start.


Read the licensing agreement and click Next when finished.


The program will now begin copying files to your computer. This may take a few minutes.


You will now be prompted to insert the PC card into the slot on your laptop. With the connector pin end facing the PC slot and the label facing up, slide the adapter in until it locks into place.

Note: Windows 98 and ME user's may need to restart their computers when prompted to do so after inserting the wireless card.


Windows will copy more files to your computer. You may be prompted for your original Windows CD-ROM during this process.


Click Next once Windows is finished copying files.


The next screen will identify the wireless networks that the adapter can attempt to access; there may be more than one if there are multiple wireless access points nearby. One of them should show the SSID of your Linksys router. If this has not been changed, it will simply read "Linksys." This will most likely be the network with the highest signal strength listed. Highlight this entry and hit Connect.


On the next screen you will fill out these fields:

  • Security - Set this to WPA-Personal
  • Encryption - Set this to TKIP
  • Passphrase - This will be the same key you used to configure your Linksys WRT54G router for WPA2 Pre-Shared Key Mixed encryption.

After filling out these fields, hit the Connect button. After a few seconds you should then see the screen below confirming that you have established a secure connection with the router. Hit the Connect To Network button.


You should now be able to browse the internet from your wireless connected computer.

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