Beginners-Question to Bridge Mode

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Parador, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Parador

    Parador Addicted to LI Member

    Hello Everybody,

    I'm sorry when asking questions about things that are probably answered before, perhaps someone can give me a hint.
    I use two WRT54G Routers with tomato 1.17 and would like to wireless bridge a network - but a picture could tell easier.... please take a look: [​IMG].

    At first I tried to set both tomatos to "Wireless Ethernet Bridge" - with the result that both did not really respond. then I tried one as AP the other as "Wireless Ethernet Bridge" and got a connection but... from the Cam-Side I could only reach the both routers but not the rest of the network...

    Who can give me a hint what mode and port to use on what side.

    Thanks alot for your help...
  2. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    What are the IP of the two routers?
  3. Parador

    Parador Addicted to LI Member

  4. srouquette

    srouquette Network Guru Member

    edit: nvm
  5. Parador

    Parador Addicted to LI Member

    would that make a difference? -> The third router is set to and the other PCs (at right side) are
  6. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    Won't make a bit of difference.

    Into what port on Bridge2 did you plug the wire from your WAN router? It should have been into one of the LAN ports, not the WAN port. You also have to turn off DHCP service on both your BridgeN routers.

    I'd also recommend you check out WDS mode to connect your two Bridge routers.
  7. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    Yeah I realise it would not make a difference, withdrawing my post. :)
  8. vexingv

    vexingv LI Guru Member

    you'll probably have to use WDS

    i have a set up similar to this with a second router extending my wireless signal to other areas. i do this using WDS as i want the devices that connect through the secondary router to be within the same subnet as the first router. you'll need to set each router to AP & WDS. then have them linked to one another by MAC address. have each broadcast its signal on the same channel with the same SSID and WPA key. the only thing i don't like about it is the speed drop, which noticeable when doing file transfers and such over the network.

    someone please correct me if i'm wrong, but if you use set one router as a wireless ethernet bridge you'll get full speed between the routers, but won't have wifi AP on the second router as the radio is being used to receive wifi, but not serve it. however, the devices on the second router will be on the same subnet. thus, this can be used to bridge wired devices with part of another network. you'll probably have to turn off dhcp and forward it to the main router or assign dhcp that's outside the range of the main router's assignments.
  9. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I use WDS with WPA PSK + AES encryption in a similar situation and would recommend it. I'm going to have to check out, never heard of it.
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