Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router Not Connecting to Internet

Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router Not Connecting to Internet

Recently, my Linksys WRT54G wireless router could not connect to the Internet. The odd thing about this was that just the day before I didn’t have any problems. I have two computers and a Wii connected to the router. Once computer is a desktop that is hard-wired into the WRT54G with a network cable. I was able to connect to the Internet with the desktop without any problems.

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The second computer is a laptop, and like the Wii, it is connected to the router through the wireless connection. Neither system was able to connect, which indicated there was a problem with the wireless signal. After some testing I managed to find a solution.

Couldn’t Connect Wirelessly

As mentioned above, the hard-wired desktop was able to connect to the Internet through my Linksys WRT54G wireless router, but the other two systems couldn’t connect. Since the wireless connection didn’t work, I used my desktop to examine the wireless settings in the router.

I checked to make sure my router wasn’t hacked, and I breathed a sigh of relief when I noticed everything was still set properly and the router was secured. Next I checked all the settings, and everything was as it should be.

Then I thought about the fact that there are many wireless networks in my neighbourhood. In fact, at this moment I count at least five wireless networks, and I have great signal strength to some of them.

Thinking about this, I decided to change the wireless channel from 6 to 11. After changing the changing, the laptop and Wii were instantly able to connect to the Internet. It looks like my wireless network had a contention with the previous channel, which isn’t surprising considering that channel 6 is a default, so chances are many of the other wireless networks were using that channel.

Changing the Wireless Channel on the WRT54G

If you are having problems connecting to the Internet with your WRT54G Wireless-G router, then you can try changing the channel to see if that fixes your problem. To change the channel, use the following steps:

  1. Log into your router’s administrative pages.
  2. At the top, click the “Wireless” menu item.
  3. In the “Basic Wireless Settings” page, select a different channel beside “Wireless Channel”.
  4. Click the “Save Settings” button at the bottom to save your changes.

Other wireless routers would have similar settings. Hopefully, this was the problems and you will get your Internet connection back.

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38 Responses to “Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router Not Connecting to Internet”

  1. Bill says:

    Using a WRT54GL. Came home from work with internet access on the computer that is cabled into the router, but none of the laptops would connect wirelessly. Tried resetting router, to no avail. Changed the channel from 6 to 11 and solved the problem..

    Thanks for a great tip! Didn’t even consider it.

  2. Elaine Schroller says:

    Thank you! We were having exactly the same problem. Changing the wireless channel from 6 to 11 solved the problem.

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  4. Anthony says:

    I have the WRT54G router, and all lights are on except wireless g and dmz. I held the reset button twice to get to factory settings. Wired gets me no internet, although it says I do by the light. The only connection I get is wired to my xbox, but when I test connection on it, it says it couldnot get passed the network, (before restoring factory settings, while my wired CPU worked) although now it is the only thing connected to the internet. I cannot get on ?

  5. Saundra sonnier says:

    I have been connecting wirelessly just fine through my linksys WRTG4GL router with my windows 7 laptop along with other devices such as xbox’s and macs. Now all of a sudden my laptop will not connect to the internet and says cannot with the primary dns server. I took it to my friends house and connected to their router just fine but still can’t connect to my linksys…any help would be appreciated…i have tried everything.

  6. Carlos says:

    Hey changed channel and worked like a charm. Thanks for the tip.

    Now I wonder why?

  7. Richard B says:

    Hi, I have a Linksys AG300 (somwhat old, I know) wireless router. Recently the wireless connectioned failed to work. Upon trying to resolve this issue, I used the ‘reset’ button located at the back of the device, after which the cable connection then failed. The Power, Ethernet & DSL lights are all on. However the ‘Internet’ light is not. I have read other posts where you can reset the wireless channel using the ‘Basic set up’ site, but I do not appear to have an option for ‘wireless’. I have also reset the device to ‘restore factory settings’, but this also doesn’t appeared to be of any help. Any suggestions for assistance would be greatly appreciated, as I am a complete novice.

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