When you say you're instructed to connect to 192.168.1.254 is that from the manual of the WS320?.
If so, To connect to the WS320, Cable your laptop directly into the device. Change your network card to the following settings:
IP address: 192.168.1.253
Leave your DNS blank, Open a web page and browse to http://192.168.1.254
inset password and it should log you onto the device.