Bridge mode/RFC 1483 WRT54GS

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by la-grave, May 2, 2005.

  1. la-grave

    la-grave Guest

    I just bought a new router, WRT54GS. A model the Linksys support recommended, in two e-mails and two phone conversations, when I described my needs:

    I have 5 dynamic (*) public IP:s from my ISP which I want to distribute to my computers wirelessly. I don't want my machines to have private/nat:ed ip:s and don't need a DHCP in my router. Basically I needed a wireless switch but with some extra features. Currently I use the built in internet sharing in Mac OS X but the darwin kernel does not support bridging, that is why I plan to buy a router.

    Today when I got my router and couldn't find any instructions on how to set this up I called the linksys support. The first thing the support guy tells me is that the 54GS does not support RFC 1483 bridge mode. In previous contacts with the support they hadn't mentioned this RFC, however, I had descibed my need very detailed. Aaarrrggh:-(

    Is this last guy correct, does the 54GS not support bridge mode?

    There is a work around, connect the cable modem to a LAN (*not* WAN) port and then disable the DHCP-server, however, you then lose all other routing functionality so this fix sucks:-(

    The store won't take back te router since I have opened the box. Any suggestions on what I can do now?

    * Well, semi static, they have changed once since 1999....
  2. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    if you install a firmware that you can get a shell in (anything but stock linksys) you can use brctrl to make a bridge if you need...
    the router GUI itself won't have a clue how to deal with that though so whatever functionality you needed you'd have to configure via the console...
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