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Linksys Wireless Router Model: BEFW11S4 Questions...

Two quick questions below, with the stories (if you're interested) further below...

1. If anyone has this router, I would like to know what the power requirement for the router (not the adaptor as that is the standard 110/220, 50-60Hz) is (5V,9V,12V, etc) and what the current required is for the router

2. I would like to know how to get by the password (as it is no longer admin)

The landlord of the place has supplied the house with a wireless router (and ONLY the router, no power adaptor). A week later, we were supplied with a universal power supply. Now unfortunatly, the underside of the router does not say the input voltage requirement (nor the current requirement) for the router, so if someone could tell me what the power supply is, I would greatly appreciate it.

The other problem is that the default password has been changed. The landlord said that there is no password, but apparently he is wrong. The default password admin doesn't work either, so now my room mates and I are stuck without any encryption. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but our internet connection is already the lowest form of DSL you can get without going to 56k dial-up.

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I have no idea how to change the password....
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You can hit the reset button to restore everything back to its default settings and then get in with the pw admin.
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I just went through the same problems, with the exact same router. To completely reset the router you must hold the reset button down for 10 seconds, which will return all the router settings to default. Then the password for the router will be admin. Once, you've done this encrypt the signal and if you're unsure how to do this read my last thread on "Wireless Encryption." Good luck
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just make sure you have the login info for your DSL if neccessary!
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I have no idea how to change the password....
How do you know (I'm just curious about your source)?

Also, for everyone else, I read on Linksys' website that to change the password, you must hold down the rest button for 30 seconds (this will restore all factory defaults, including the admin password)

The good news is that this worked, the password has been changed, and a new encryption password has also been set up. A bit of a headache, but it works.
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How do you know (I'm just curious about your source)?

Also, for everyone else, I read on Linksys' website that to change the password, you must hold down the rest button for 30 seconds (this will restore all factory defaults, including the admin password)

The good news is that this worked, the password has been changed, and a new encryption password has also been set up. A bit of a headache, but it works.

I confirmed that off my manual, (which I have wireless G), and the Linksys webpage where I read through the manual on that router.
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heh nothing a little aircracker wouldnt be able to handle, but yuo want to go and use the reset button.. lol I'm j/p, but glad you got it fixed, with some security in mind.. I can't tell you how many people around here have open routers with open full drive shares on all their computers....
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heh nothing a little aircracker wouldnt be able to handle, but yuo want to go and use the reset button.. lol I'm j/p, but glad you got it fixed, with some security in mind.. I can't tell you how many people around here have open routers with open full drive shares on all their computers....

I can at least connect to 3 other networks around my house alone, you can tell they are all just plug and play type things, since they all also have the standard network name ie: Linksys, Netgear, ect...
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My suggestion, don't ever buy Linksys wireless again. I hate to be a ball buster, they're a great company. However, I have heard of very few (roughly 15%) of friends who have yet to short one out, or fry their whole network while using one. I went against the odds a little over a year ago, and ran into the same issues you did. Then, on top of it all, I had to replace 3 modems. Talking to tech support actually forced me to yell at the poor man trying to help me. I stated..."Please put me on the line who isn't reading a manual, and someone preferably who can speak basic english!" Then, the guy hung up on me.

Now, this isn't just my sole opinion. Like millions of other things it has it's common flaws. Then I researched a lot of the "typical issues" with the linksys wireless routers in general, and even in most "buyer reviews" they tell you to stay away.
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I've had the exact opposite with linksys wireless routers. I have used them for over 4 years. My first WRT54G v1 is still running faithfully at my parents house to this day and works great (200' reach at 500kbps). I am not running linksys firmware on it however and that could be the reason why my routers have lasted so long. I am now running a WRT54GS at my house and have 300' radius reach with well over 500kbps throughput. Ever since day 1 with the 54GS, I have been running it at boosted power levels (almost triple of stock) and have had NO issues in the almost 2 years since I bought it.

I am running Sveasoft firmware on all of my WRT's and it has been great and well worth the $20/yr subscription (which I have been paying for the last 3 years).

But that is my opinion. The problem with buyer reviews is that, as with just about every online review, you hear more bad things than good, no matter the product concerned. Many people over look the fact that they have had no problems and never think to pass on that fact.

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