Linksys says that the WET is "completely driver-free, so it works on any platform and under any operating system", but the WET experience is not plug-it-in-and-go. Once you get it out of the box, you'll find that both the Quick Installation and User Guides direct you to run the Setup Wizard on the supplied CD. For that, you'll need a system running Windows!
Figure 1: Setup Wizard- System Scan result
(click on the image for a full-sized view)
TIP: Although the Wizard doesn't need to be installed on a computer to run, you can copy the Setup.exe and BMPL.dll files from the CD to your hard drive if you tend to lose CDs...
Figure 1 shows the result of the Wizard's hunt for WETs on my network, but note that the settings are not the defaults. You can see that the Wizard showed both WETs that I was using to test out AdHoc mode and that I could connect to either of them for configuration.
The wizard steps you through screens that allow you to:
- Select AdHoc or Infrastructure mode
- Set (E)SSID, Channel (AdHoc only), and Bridge Name
- Manually set IP address, subnet and Gateway, or get that info from a DHCP server
- Enable WEP and set one key using either a passphrase to generate a Hexadecimal key, or entering it directly.
When you've completed all the steps, the info is saved, thankfully without the need to cycle the power that was required by the WET11.