Bridging with wrt54G question

Discussion in 'Linksys Official Firmware' started by emat, May 16, 2005.

  1. emat

    emat Guest

    Hi all,

    I don't own a Linksys wrt54G but i'm planning to buy a few so bear with me :)
    I know there is other firmware available that might do the trick, but i only want to use the official native Linksys firmware.

    2 Computers (hostA hostB)
    2 WRT54G routers (WRT54G-1 WRT54G-2)
    Every single host on the Lan side is in the same segment.

    I have HostA connected to WRT54G-1
    I have WRT54G-2 connected to a cable router
    I have HostB which is a laptop with a wireless card.

    Can I bridge the WRT54G-1 with WRT54G-2 while hostB can still use the WRT54G-2 as a wireless accesspoint?

    I'm asking this because, I don't know if it's possible to access an accesspoint who is bridging with a wireless client.

    I hope I'm clear,

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    If you set wrt_2 up as an Accesspoint and use wrt_1 as a client,
    yes. I am using this setup.
  3. SlimJimE

    SlimJimE Network Guru Member

    So if he used the WRT_2 for connection with his Cable Modem and uses it to connect wireless with his laptop. Will he be able to use this router to connect other computers to the 4 ports in the back and use wireless still.

    What about WRT_1. He can connect a computer via a cable. But will this also expand the wireless signal?

    I want to do the same thing.

    Cable Modem-----WRT54G------Desktop (WIRELESS) WRT54G2---XBOX

    I want to have all stock firmware on linksys. I know this setup will work but not sure with linksys firmware. I wouldnt mind have the second WRT54G act as a repeater and repeat the wireless signal and allowing the XBox to be wired intot he back.
  4. SlimJimE

    SlimJimE Network Guru Member

    Anyone? I realize that this is possible but are the other options discussed above in my previous also available with stock firmware. Kind of want to keep it stock but want to see what other benefits I get with Firmware.

    Read a bunch of posts and stickys and all talk about adding firmware.
  5. aaronamd

    aaronamd Network Guru Member

    I don't think that these things are availible in the stock firmware( at least I diden't see them there) But HyperWRT which I use is very close to the original firmware and has plenty of features and is extremly stable, I know for a fact that you can do this in hyper WRT. HyperWRT is also much faster than the standard linksys firmware.
  6. blackhd

    blackhd Network Guru Member

    btw i don't really get the idea of using 2 wrt... why would u do that? in the same wrt, you can use for you laptop and the xbox as well. can't u?
  7. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    Think of it as expanding the coverage of your WRT54..

    A single router has a range of about 100 feet (your range may vary). You can connect wireless computers within range and wired computers/xbox directly to the unit.

    If you wanted better signal, lets say on the far side of the house or upstairs, you could set up a second WRT as a repeater. Some vendors sell repeaters (> $100) or you could configure a $39 WRT54 as a repeater. The 2 routers communicate using a protocol called WDS. You could then connect both wired and wirless devices to EITHER WRT.

    If you wanted to have a single device connected wirelessly but are too far from your main router, you could setup a bridge. Most vendors sell wireless bridges for around $100. You could configure a $39 WRT54 to work as a wireless bridge. This is a cheaper solution then lets say a wireless game adapter or a wireless ethernet bridge
  8. eclipse

    eclipse Guest

    well can i set my befw11s4 to bridge with my other befws114 or even a differnt brand router
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