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Old 16th June 2012   #1
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Setting up Internet Connection Sharing on Windows 7 machine. I'm using a USB wireless adapter on the host computer for internet. I connected a Linksys WRT54G to the LAN port, and planned to have other machines connected to it. Following Windows networking wizard, it recognized the router, then ask for the 8digit pin number located on a sticker on the bottom of the router. There's no such sticker there, and doesn't look like there ever was one. The stickers with the mac address, serial number, and FCC ID number are all there, but no pin number. Contacting Linksys got me nowhere. Because of the age of the router, they wanted me to pay more for tech help than the router cost. I can access the web setup, but couldn't find it. Anyone know what the number is or how to retrieve it?

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You do not need Internet Connection Sharing. What that does is routes all LAN-Internet connections through your computer.

Others will be able to connect to the Internet using a network cable between their computer and the router, or by wireless.

Don't use Internet Connection Sharing.

If you want to control who can and cannot connect to the Internet at any given time, use the firewall rules and filtering in the router. You can enable or disble anyone whenever you want.

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Did you try to access the router by going to 192.168.1.1 and using admin as user and password as admin? Those are usually default. If it doesn't work, you can use a paper clip or a pencil to push the little recessed button in and hold it for about 15 seconds and that will default it. I had the same router and that was the default info. Nothing on the bottom with the password.

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127.168.1.1

192.168.1.1

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I tried it without ICS, it connects but reports no internet. I also tried going to setup and look for the pin. Admin password doesn't work.

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Depress the little recessed reset button for about 30 seconds to reset it to factory defaults.

Then try
username: admin
password: admin
If that doesn't work, try
username:
password: admin

(In other words, leave the username blank).

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SpywareDr, thanks for the suggestion, but I'm not having any problem getting into the router setup. It's not the password I need. It's the 8 digit pin code attached to the router. I don't know if the pin from another router like mine would work or not. I hear lots of them have the same pin per model.

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Originally Posted by SpywareDr View Post
192.168.1.1
I have no idea where I got that number. Been in my old router several times. Must of been one of those brain farts that I hear other people say that they have. I have never had one.

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Originally Posted by Blufx View Post

I don't know if the pin from another router like mine would work or not. I hear lots of them have the same pin per model.

No, they're unique. The only thing you need it for though is if you were to use WPS. And you really don't want to do that.
Flaw Makes WiFi Network Security Vulnerable to Brute-Force Attacks: US-CERT
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US-CERT warned the WPS PIN used by many routers to secure wireless networks could be exposed through “brute-force” decoding and it recommended disabling the PIN. An attack tool is already available.
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US-CERT said it was "currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem." Instead, the advisory recommended disabling WPS and instead using WPA2 encryption with a strong password to secure the network. Wireless networks can also be set up to use MAC Address filtering to verify and allow only recognized devices onto the network.

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Originally Posted by MrBill View Post

I have no idea where I got that number. Been in my old router several times. Must of been one of those brain farts that I hear other people say that they have. I have never had one.

Well then, welcome to the 'ol brain farts club.

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Originally Posted by SpywareDr View Post
Well then, welcome to the 'ol brain farts club.
I am the president on lots of days.

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The default login on a wrt54g is:
Username: blank, none needed
Password: admin (all lower case)

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I'll say one more time, I'm not having a problem logging onto the router. The username and password is NOT what I'm looking for. I need the 8 digit PIN number.

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If it's not on a sticker on the router, then it's gone.

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If your router doesn't have the 8 digit pin on the bottom, and if it does not have a button on the front of it, then it does not exist for your wrt54g. That pin is needed for Wifi Protected Setup. In Windows 7, you must select to setup the connection manually. You can't use Wifi Protected Setup.

Earlier versions of the wrt54g do not have the button or a WPS pin.

The WRT54G routers that do have Wifi Protected Setup have a pin # on the bottom, have a WPS button on the front and they also show the pin number on the WPS screen in the router Web interface.

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