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Bridging advise needed...

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by kn0xster, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. kn0xster

    kn0xster Network Guru Member

    Hi, :sadbye:

    I've been wanting to do this for some time now but never successfully managed. I have two networks one wired and one wireless. The config is like this:

    cable modem
    }~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Laptop 1(wlan/dhcp:
    }~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Laptop 2(wlan/dhcp:
    }~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PC1 (wlan:
    | (eth0:
    SWITCH (10/100)
    | |
    | NSLU2 (
    PC2 (

    What I want to do is to be able to access PC2 and the NSLU2 from the wireless laptops via the WRT54GX. I've tried bridging the connections on PC1 (eth0 & wlan) but it doesnt work. and even if it did i don't have this PC on all the time. I'd like to access the other devices connected to the switch without having PC1 on.

    I'm guessing I need some kind of hardware bridge between the wired and the wireless networks, but what do i need exactly?

    Any help/advice would be most appreciated.
    ( I also have an old BEFW11S4 but im not sure its of much use for my problem.)


  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You are on a different subnet so you will not a be able to have the connect the laptops to the PC2 and NLSU2. Put them one the same subnet. I do not know if you setup a routing table between subnet 192.168.0.X and subnet 192.168.1.Y will help in advanced routing.
  3. kn0xster

    kn0xster Network Guru Member

    Thats one possibility but it still means I always have to have PC1 switched on. What I'm looking for is a wireless bridge of some sort that I can just plug into the switch and then connect through to the NSLU for example.

    The ideal solution would be to have them all on the same subnet.

    Does linksys have such a product? Which one is it?


  4. kn0xster

    kn0xster Network Guru Member

    I found this: WET54G.... can i just get one of these and plug it into my wired network to make it part of the wireless netowrk?

    or am i missing something... ?
  5. fillyfrantic

    fillyfrantic Network Guru Member

    In short....yes, that is what a bridge does. You connect wired (ethernet) and the bridge connects all of these wired connections to the wireless network.
  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WET54G does not depend on WDS and should work with the WRT54GX2, but I would buy it at a place you can return the unit if it will not bridge. The only problem is its cost. I would contact Linksys before buying the unit to check if will bridge to the SRX series of routers.
  7. kn0xster

    kn0xster Network Guru Member

    I've put in an order for one after speaking to linksys tech support this morning. They say that this should work, so lets see.

    thanks everyone for your help. Ill report back once I get it all setup.

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