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The two Site Survey screens, for example, could easily have been merged into one and would be more useful that way. Note that Figure 5 doesn't show the Channel and Privacy columns, the latter of which required me to fiddle with all the other column widths in order to expose it entirely. Note also that Privacy shows only "Enabled" when either WEP or WPA is in use.

WCF54G Site Survey
Figure 4: Site Survey
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WCF54G Site Survey - Opened Site
Figure 5: Site Survey - Opened Site
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Sharp-eyed readers may also notice that the Signal and Noise columns in Figure 5 are swapped, which flips the sign on the SNR reading from positive to negative. My last gripe about these screens is that neither let you just tap on an entry to connect to it. Instead, you have to visit the Configure Wireless Networks screen (Figure 6), which at least is conveniently linked from the Status page, although not from Site Survey.

WCF54G - Configure Wireless Networks

Figure 6: Configure Wireless Networks
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The More Info screen (Figure 8) - available via the Network Troubleshooting screen (Figure 7) has all your IP address info and even provides a peek at the IP forwarding table, which only real networking geeks (or Network Admins) will appreciate. The Network Troubleshooting screen itself contains a Repair button (which really only does a DHCP Release / Renew) and a Contact button, which lets you ping an entered IP address. Figure 7 shows a ping in progress, with the Contact button changed to Stop.

WCF54G Network Troubleshooting
Figure 7: Network Troubleshooting
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WCF54G Network Troubleshooting - More Info
Figure 8: Network Troubleshooting -
More Info
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The last two screens I'll cover are Authentication (Figure 9) and Advanced Wireless (Figure 10). The WCF54G supports WEP128 encryption and 802.1x authentication (TLS and PEAP), but doesn't include WPA. (I asked Linksys whether WPA support would be added and received a "not in the near future" response.) Tweaks that you can make via the Advanced Wireless screen are pretty much self-explanatory from looking at Figure 10.

WCF54G Authentication
Figure 9: Authentication
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WCF54G Advanced Wireless
Figure 10: Advanced Wireless
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