If you don’t believe ME, then do yourself a favor and Google around first. This is the second one I own. The Linksys network management software overrides and disables the Windows network manager. So I took the notebook to the exact location in the basement where the desktop was going to be placed and turned it on. Just be sure to back up the registry and create a restore point before you run TCPOptimizer, on the off-chance something goes wrong.

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It’s all working reliably now. I can find alot more wireless networks in my area wirelesss my laptop using this card on my desktop. I figured out another way to install it from a tip here run setup from the Utilities folder.

I would imagine this was the source of my WEP problems as well, but I never went back to try it. You got a quick flash and no software ran using XP.

I don’t care that there are numerous dire warnings in the instructions and packaging that the software should be installed first.

Linksys WMP54G Wireless-G PCI Adapter Driver for Windows XP Driver – TechSpot

If it fails to connect on the first attempt, try again. I wish I read the reviews before my friend purchased it. The quick installation guide implies Windows XP will detect the card and set it up automatically. I shut down the computer, unplugged it and quickly installed the card into one of the available PCI slots. It took two attempts before the card was able to connect to the network.


Sure I installed it on a desktop that isn’t going anywhere, but hey – one less wire under my feet Get to Know Us.

Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question. I don’t really download a lot of big video files, but what I do download seems to open as quick, if not quicker, than when I was hardwired to the router. I tried moving the card’s antenna around at the back of the computer to see if it would make a difference on signal strength, but I don’t think antenna placement has any effect.

Another caveat is that linksyz very unfortunate reason, it seems that driver support for this wireless cards ends after Windows 7 so its almost unusable on contemporary computers.

Now if I could just get my stupid Dell to find and share my printer with my Mac Signal strength has also fluctuated between “low,” “good,” and “very good. Get fast answers from reviewers. I could just not get connected with MAC address filtering using the Linksys software. The included wired equivalent protection WEP is an outdated protocol within the I don’t recommend using the Windows network wizard, or whatever the thing is called.

Since I was closer to the Airport I chose that one, clicked on it, and I was up and running in seconds.

Linksys WMP54G Wireless-G PCI Adapter Driver for Windows XP

The metal pci slot bracket is full height but the card itself is less than half height. I could not wirless with my router until I deleted this device. That was when we gave up.


The software driver didn’t even start when you clicked on setup. Installation was easy, just make sure you install the cd software first before you install the card. Linksys gets high grades from me for its hardware, but an “F” for tech support. There is a Windows XP update to add this capability to the operating system, which you’ll need to install. I purchased this wireless card to install in a 7 year old Dell Dimension desktop computer running Win XP Home SP 3 that was re-located to our basement rec room when we purchased a new Win 7 machine.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The WRT54G’s channel number assuming you’re using the linksys router is on the “setup” tab on it’s web interface. Cd drivers worked excellent with no problems, windows 7 later suggested I install the newest drivers and they worked flawlessly as well.

Web pages open as quickly also. It showed a strong signal and the funny thing is that for the few minutes that the Linksys card was connected it was reading a weak signal from 5 feet away from the router.