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A 'slightly' complex setup.

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by stubish, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. stubish

    stubish Network Guru Member

    Ok, so here's the deal. My landlord gives my wifi access though a crappy 2wire gateway. I've not been able to convince him to give me dmz access yes.

    I have 2 WRT54G routers. One a V5 with DD-wrt jammed into it (I just recieved this) and a WRT54GL with the current recomended dd-wrt build installed (I've owned this for 4 years).

    I was running the GL in repeater mode, recieving the landlords wifi and serving our own wifi AP from the one router (we have lots of houseguests, and 2 many people on the 2wire makes it crash). It worked ok, but a little slow.

    I got given the V5 this weekend (dd-wrt already installed). And I'd like to use it as a client and my GL as the AP for our network. I set it up, but seem to be getting DNS errors at the moment.

    All that to say, I'm looking for the most robust way in you opinion to set up these two routers to recieve wifi from my landlords router and serve another wifi AP to our suite.

    Does that make sense?

    What I would really like is access to both routers. Right now the V5 is on and my AP network is 192.168.2.xxx so I can't get to the console of my V5 without changing cables and assigning IP address (as I have DHCP turned off, as there will only ever be one LAN client to the V5 (which would be the GL)).

    any help would be most apprecieated.
  2. stubish

    stubish Network Guru Member

    ok, so here's my current thought.

    54gl acting as DHCP server and recieving the wifi from the landlord.
    54G v5 acting as the wireless 'bridge' so to speak.

    I'll look into it... and more advice would be good!
  3. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    If i understand correctly, you will be using the V5 to pull the wifi signal from your landlord, connect the GL via its WAN port plugged into the V5's switched port? and the GL would be broadcasting your own personal SSID with its own security? this would be double NATing, but not the end of the world, you can configure your GL's IP as a DMZ and you should have the same port forwarding as you did previously. i would suggest using some sort of app like net stumbler to identify the channels being used by the wireless routers so you can choose the cleanest channel for your personal network (Many android phone appz are available to do the same if you are running android).

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