Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router not supported for Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by beethovengirl, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. beethovengirl macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2004

    I bought a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router from a few months ago, when the amazon website claimed it was compatible with Mac OS X. My router stopped working today, and when I called Linksys tech support, they said that they don't support Mac. I went back to the amazon website and now they don't say anything about Mac.

    Does anyone have any advice on what to do? I think that I should be able to return it but I'm sure amazon will claim there was nothing on their website about Mac compatibility.

    thank you for your input! :)
  2. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    That's one of the most absurd things I've ever heard. You weren't calling about your Mac, you were calling about your router that they manufacture. Your computer can join any wireless network, and it's up the Linksys to support their product so you can use it. Call them back and tell them to help you get their router working. I'm not ragging on you, I'm ragging on Linksys...
  3. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Call them back and talk to someone else. They may not officially "support" OS X, but there's stuff on their web pages about it and would be stupid not to. Especially since it should work the same on either system (you should be able to configure it through a web browser). If they try that again, ask to talk to a supervisor.
  4. beethovengirl thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2004
    well, I told the tech support guy this was ridiculous, and he said there was nothing he could do b/c he doesn't know Macs. so then I asked to be transferred to his supervisor and/or to someone in the US [he was obviously in India]. I spoke to his supervisor who said he would make sure the tech support guy fixed it. So I was transferred back to the original guy and he had me reset the router. This worked and my computer was able to get an internet connection but he couldn't actually configure the router so that it's password-protected which is problematic b/c I live in an apt bldg. In any case, even though I have an internet connection currently, this is unacceptable for future problems, and I do want/need a password-protected network.
  5. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    linksys has never supported macs, but their products work just fine with them. Just tell them you're using a PC if they ask. the setup is through a web browser anyway, so it doesn't matter what OS you are using.
  6. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    Exactly. This is the same router I have. I'm running iBook (G-wifi), iMac (wired), XP Pro machine (B-wifi) and a Slimdevice (G-wifi) - no problems. All WPA encrypted.
  7. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    Reset the router, hook it up, connect to it. Open Safari and type (I think, the actual number would be in ANY Linksys manual for that device) and configure using the web app. I know for a fact this works.
  8. drbrog macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2005
    WRT54G works fine with my mac

    I have the same router and it works fine with my powermac.
  9. beethovengirl thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2004
    it didn't come with a manual. which web app are you referring to?

    thanks :)
  10. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2003
    I can also confirm that this router works without a problem with Mac's, Windows, Linux and Solaris. Configuration of this router is through a web interface so the OS on any client machines is irrelevant.

    The default address for the linksys admin interface is username is blank, password is 'admin'.

    If you have previously had the router configured to use a password for wireless networking then you simply need to re-configure the router int he same way. Once you have the router configured as you want it, be certain to go to the Administration->Config Management tab and save the router configuration to a file. This allows you to upload the configuration to the router if you ever need to reset the router to defaults in the future.
  11. trudd macrumors regular


    May 27, 2004
    So the computer connects to the network just fine, but you don't know how to configure it?

    Type into Safari, enter your login (default is admin/admin methinks) and use the web app (which is just a webpage) to configure it.
  12. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    This may help?
  13. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Preferably, connect to it by using an ethernet cable from your machine to the LAN ports on the router, and not by wireless since your WiFi connection could be FUBAR.

    Whatever you do, don't just push the Secure Easy Setup button in the front! As others have suggested, configure it manually at the web configuration app http://:admin@

  14. beethovengirl thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2004
    thanks for your help, everyone! it's working now :)
  15. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    You're experiencing Linksys's poor outsourced technical support. When mine broke 3 times I didn't even bother calling tech support, I just return them to Walmart (3 months you can return it I think). My last one I've had for like more than a year now though.

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