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Advice on WRTSL54GS and set-up

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by shikotee, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. shikotee

    shikotee LI Guru Member


    I am new to this forum, and am doing my best to read up on things.
    Much seems to be over my head, but it is a learning experience!

    Basically, I live in a house that is divided into 3 apartments (basement, main floor, 2nd floor), where we want to share internet access. Our old set-up was running 2 Dlink DI-624 Routers, where each was running a separate wifi network. It seemed fine for awhile, but when everyone starts torrenting, the crappy Di-624 would constantly reset itself.

    So, after doing some research, I determined that the WRTSL54GS would help resolve our problems. I have placed a special order for one, and expect to receive it later in the week. So now, I need to figure out the best way to configure it to serve our needs.

    My plan is to install the WRTSL54GS on the 2nd floor, but I need to find a way to extend wifi access throughout the whole house. I do have ethernet cables running from the 1st to 2nd floor (the location where I had the 2nd DI-624). What is the best way to extend wifi range? Should I purchase an access point (and if so, what would be a good one) and set it up on the main floor, or are there other options (ie setup a 2nd WRTSL54GS, some sort of signal boaster, etc)? The users for the main floor and basement only need wifi internet access.

    What would be a good 3rd party firmware to use with the WRTSL54GS? From what I have gathered, Thibor seems pretty good? The most important thing for me would be to have the ability to limit/restrict bandwidth for all wifi connections, giving top priority to my desktop that will be cable connected to the router. Specifically, I would like to limit everyone else's bittorrent bandwidth, while allowing my machine to have optimal settings.

    In our set-up, none of our computers are networked. I would like to hook-up a usb drive to the WRTSL54GS, and set it up so we can all share files.

    I would very much appreciate advice from anyone, and will continue reading up on things.

  2. shikotee

    shikotee LI Guru Member

    Have spent the afternoon trying to read up on this.

    Does anyone have advice on running WRTSL54GS (Thibor15c) acting as DHCP Server connected to modem (acting as DHCP Server), and then connecting a WRT54GL (Thibor15c) as a wireless access point (to provide wifi internet access to main floor and basement?

    Would you need to use a cross-over cable, or would a standard ethernet cable be good?

    Is there a better way to do this?

    As of yet, I have not purchased either - hence why I would love to hear what others have to say, in case there is a better solution.

    Originally, I was under the impression that I would need to aqcuire a Linksys Access Point, but I am hoping I could use a WRT54GL instead, as it is cheaper, and would allow me to use Thibor.

    Would using 2 routers cause any problems with heavy torrent use?
    Naturally, all port forwarding would be configured on the router connected to the modem.

    I'm getting pretty excited about all of this - looking forward to pulling an "Office Space" bashing on y'olde crappy Dlink DI-624!!!
  3. shikotee

    shikotee LI Guru Member

    One more question....

    While using both routers, is it possible to use the same SSID? Are there any benefits in doing this? Or would it be better to run two different SSID's (one for everyone else in the house from WRT54GL, and one for my own laptop from WRTSL54GS)?

    From what I have gathered, I could use QoS to limit upload speeds. Is there any way that I could limit download speeds for everyone connected to the WRT54GL?
  4. Banzai27

    Banzai27 LI Guru Member

    yes...it will work

    Connect regular ethernet cable from LAN port on SL to other Router2 LAN port...not WAN. This is for WDS setup.

    Set Router2 as "router" and turn off dhpc.

    See here for some basic setup info:
    and scroll down 3/4rs of the page.

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