Installing Linksys WUSB54G on Windows Vista

Table of Contents

Installing Linksys WUSB54G on Windows Vista 1

Installing the adapter 1

Connect the adapter 1

Found New Hardware 1

Locate and install driver software 2

Connecting to a wireless network 3

Get your information 3

Connect to a Network 5

Manage wireless connections – Manually connect 10

If an error occurs 14

Wireless Network Connection 16

Wireless Network Connection Status 16

Wireless Network Connection Details 16

Wireless Network Properties - Connection 18

Wireless Network Properties - Connection 19

Wireless Network properties – Security (WEP) 20

Wireless Network properties – Security (WPA-Personal) 21

Local Area Connection 21

Local Area Connection - Status 21

Local Area Connection - Details 22

Local Area Connection - Properties 23

Local Area Connection – TCP/IPv4 Properties 24

Installing the adapter

Connect the adapter

First make sure your computer is already connected to the Internet.


Plug in the adapter and check that the power light is on.

Found New Hardware

Vista will find the new hardware. You will see this in the Taskbar:




Click on Found New Hardware to start the wizard:




Locate and install driver software

Click on Locate and install driver software (recommended). Provided you have an Internet connection the driver will be installed automatically:




You will see this message when the installation is complete:




Connecting to a wireless network

Get your information

First make sure that you have the correct wireless security information. Check your router's documentation if you are not sure. In some cases you may be able to contact your ISP or network administrator. You will need the following information:



Now open Control Panel:




Click on Network and Internet:




Click on Network and Sharing Center:




You have two options:


  1. Connect to a network

  2. Manage wireless networks

Connect to a Network

Click on Connect to a network:




Select your network if it is listed by name. Otherwise hover the mouse pointer over the network with the best signal strength:




NOTE: “Unnamed Network” means that the access point is not broadcasting its network namer (SSID).


Right mouse click on a network icon to see two options Connect and Diagnose. If possible, select your network by name and then click on the Connect button. If the network is not broadcasting its name you must specify the wireless network name (SSID) when connecting to it:




Enter the wireless network name. Then click on Next, and you will be prompted for your Security key or passphrase. You can check the box to display the text:




Click on Connect and Windows will try to connect:





If there is an error (for example if you have the key wrong or the network has wireless MAC filtering turned on you may see the error screen shown at ”If an error occurs...” below.

Manage wireless connections – Manually connect

Control Panel >> Network >> Network Sharing Center >> Manage Wireless Connections >> Manually connect to a wireless network:





Click on Add and complete the form:




Click on Next and you should then see “Successfully added”:





Click on “Connect to...”:





The list of networks now shows the target network is connected.


The Taskbar also shows this:




You are now connected and should be able to surf the Internet.

If an error occurs

If an error occurs when connecting to a wireless network, click on Diagnose the problem:




The Event Viewer might show information like this:


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Wireless Network Connection

Wireless Network Connection Status



Wireless Network Connection Details

Details:






Wireless Network Properties - Connection


Wireless Network Properties - Connection



Wireless Network properties – Security (WEP)




Wireless Network properties – Security (WPA-Personal)




Local Area Connection

Local Area Connection - Status




Local Area Connection - Details

LAN Connection Status details:




Local Area Connection - Properties




Local Area Connection – TCP/IPv4 Properties





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