Joined on 03/15/06
Don't use the software
Pros: I get 4 bars on the second floor and the router is in the basement. I doesn't get very warm because the basement is cool. It is also fairly small. Cheap price and N capability. You can ping your router from your laptop once you're connected to make changes.
Cons: Don't bother with the Linksys EasyLink Advisor software which can never make an internet connection because it fails to give the router it's own ip address (if your modem has only one ethernet outlet.) The i.p. address ends up being shared with your desktop and you pick up the signal but can't connect with your laptop. This software may work if your modem has two ethernet ports. If not, you need to follow the directions below in order to not want to destroy your router through excessive force.
Overall Review: I had to circumvent the software and ping the modem with a browser on my main desktop to which the router is hooked up to. Type 192.168.1.1 in the address bar and leave the username blank and type admin as your password, maybe more than once. You'll see basic setup menu where you will look for the I.P. address and change the first "1" to "2": 192.168.2.1,instead of 192.168.1.1,which causes problems. Then "Wireless" >"basic wireless settings" and change "network mode" to "mixed b/g." Next >, "wireless security" and enable security. Then select "WPA Personal" under "Security Mode" select your prefferred encription, I use TKIP and make a passphrase (password) save settings after every change. On your laptop go to control panel>network connections and right click wireless network connection> properties> wireless networks> preffered networks> select the one you want> properties. Here, make sure everything matches, WPA-PSK,TKIP,password...then disable the wireless connection >enable. G.Luck