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Bridging 2 WRT54G Routers which firmware is best

Discussion in 'Linksys Official Firmware' started by jthusgaard, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. jthusgaard

    jthusgaard Guest

    Hi

    I need to bridge 2 WRT54G routers. which firmware is best/most stabel for this project?
    Is there a guide for the firmware you think is best?
    Which firmware will give me the most features?

    J;-)
     
  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Good Question

    This is a very good question, I do not have the answer, Im new to this also. I hope someone post the answer to this.
     
  3. zaphod

    zaphod Network Guru Member

    hi,

    try the search function in here...

    search for wds and you will find enough material for bridging the 2 wrts.

    i prefer the hyperwrt firmware.. its stable (2.1b1) and not so overloaded as alchemy is...

    greets

    zaphod
     
  4. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    This document has been compiled by Celeron (linksysinfo user) who has stumbled upon a great feature for HyperWRT

    How to configure HyperWRT 2.1b1 with WDS

    Like many, I was running Sveasoft's Satori firmware. Unfortunately, the Satori firmware cotains a lot of features that I didn't need, nor want. Also, the addition of said features into the Linksys web based GUI was not exactly what I would call attractive or user friendly. Lastly, I wanted to be running on the latest Linksys codebase, not code from many months ago.

    Enter HyperWRT 2.1b1. This firmware adds only a few, very helpful features and it is based off the most current Linksys codebase. Check out HyperWRT for more information. Configuring WDS on HyperWRT is fairly straight forward and only requires a few steps.

    **Note, this document assumes you are starting with a factory default configuration**

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    To install HyperWRT I followed the following procedure:

    1. I pressed the reset button, located on the back of the router, until the power LED started flashing.
    2. After the router rebooted I went to the GUI at 192.168.1.1. From here I selected Administration --> Firmware Upgrade, browsed to the HyperWRT image and flashed the router.
    3. Next, I pressed the reset button on the back of the router until the power LED started flashing.
    4. Once the router rebooted the router was ready to be configured.

    Here's my topology:

    Cable Modem---WRT54G(A) (((--WDS+WEP--))) WRT54G(B)

    On both routers the following needs to be configured:
    1. Under the Wireless --> Basic Wireless Settings configuration be sure to set the following items to the same on both routers:
    a. Wireless Network Mode (I selected G-Only as I have no B devices)
    b. Wireless Network Name (SSID)
    c. Wireless Channel

    2. Under the Wireless --> Wireless Security configuration be sure to set the following items to the same on both routers:
    a. Security Mode **Note, I could only get WEP to work with WDS, not WPA**
    b. Default transmit key
    c. WEP Encryption
    d. Passphrase (Then press generate)

    3. Next, you need to determine the wireless MAC address of each router. To do this goto Status --> Wireless. The MAC address will be the first item listed. Write these down for future reference.

    On WRT54G(A) the following needs to be configured:
    1. Under Administration --> Management --> Startup enter the following (where BB:BB:BB:BB:BB:BB is the MAC address of the wireless on WRT54G(B):
    a. wl lazywds 0
    b. wl wds BB:BB:BB:BB:BB:BB
    Click Save and close.

    On WRT54G(B) the following needs to be configured:
    1. On the Setup --> Basic Configuration page be sure to set the following:
    a. Configured the LAN IP address to something different than the address on WRT54G(A) such as 192.168.1.2
    b. Turn off the DHCP server
    2. Under Administration --> Management --> Startup enter the following (where AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AA is the MAC address of the wireless on WRT54G(A):
    a. wl lazywds 0
    b. wl wds AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AA
    Click Save and close.

    Now, just reboot each router. You can use the "Reboot" button on the Administration page. That's it. Simple isn't it?

    If this works for you, please let me know at agensler@gmail.com.
     

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