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2 WRT54G's One as AP, which firmware

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by xdreamwalker, May 4, 2005.

  1. xdreamwalker

    xdreamwalker Network Guru Member

    I have one WRT54G's right now that is set up and doing a wonderful job. It is using the offical Linksys firmware: v3.01.3.
    I would like to set up a secong WRT54G what will act as an access point without having to be wired to the first router.
    Is there a guide that will help me do this? Will this guide let me know if I should be using a different firmware on on both or just one of the routers?
    One WRT54G is v2
    Second WRT54G is v3
    Thanks for any help!
  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    What you want is to setup WDS (Wireless Distributed Service) How To: Setup WDS with Satori or Alchemy. You could use almost any 3rd part firmware for WDS providing it supports your version 3 router. I even read some posts before that people have had sucess setting up WDS with non-wrt54gx units.
  3. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    I like DD-WRT, but I've only done WDS with Satori. I'd use the v2 as the primary router as they seem to be very stable.
  4. xdreamwalker

    xdreamwalker Network Guru Member

    Do you know where I might find those posts?
  5. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I believe it was in the sveasoft forum. If I recall an Airport express was used in a WDS join.
  6. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    A followup to this: provided the firmware supports it (setup options) the following router hardware have broadcom chipsets which would probably mean the associated broadcom driver should similarly support WDS. I confirmed on Apple's support site that the Airport Extreme has the WDS option available to be configured. As for the rest, you'll have to look it up as I only have expierence with the WRT54Gx units and really don't want to search through all the support sites to verify WDS options.

    Linksys WRT54G
    Linksys WRT54GS
    Linksys WAP54G
    Linksys WRE54G
    Belkin F5D7130 (confirmed) http://www.belkin.com/support/kb/kb.asp?a=2814
    Belkin F5D7230-4 (confirmed) http://www.belkin.com/support/kb/kb.asp?a=2814
    Motorola WR850G
    Trendnet TEW-411BRP
    Asus wl-300g (confirmed) http://www.asus.com/support/faq/qanda.aspx?KB_ID=87197
    Asus wl-500g (confirmed) http://www.asus.com/support/faq/qanda.aspx?KB_ID=87197
    Dell Truemobile 2300 (confirmed) http://support.dell.com/support/top.../document?dn=1088733&c=ca&l=en&s=gen&cs=CAPS1
    Buffalo Airstation WBR-G54
    Buffalo Airstation WBR2-G54 (confirmed) http://www.buffalotech.com/wireless/products/airstation/WBR2G54.html
    Ravotek W54-RT
    Ravotek W54-AP
    Microsoft MN700
    Apple Airport ExtremG

    Edit: Some confirmed routers that support WDS but no gaurantees it will work with mixed hardware (i.e. WRT54 <--> F5D7130)

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