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Can I use WRT54GS as range expander to add wired capability

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by zincter, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. zincter

    zincter Network Guru Member

    I am currently using a WRT54GS at one end of my home network (where I have 3 PC's hard wired) and a WRE54G range expander to boost signal at the other end of my house (where the wireless PC's are). I anticipate needing some wired capabilities where ths WRE currently is. Can I use another WTR54GS instead of the WRE? Is there a better solution?

    Thanks -z-
  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Yes. The better solution is run a wire from one end of the house to another.

    An inferior solution is load an alternate firmware on both WRT54GS units and use WDS to bridge the networks.
  3. zincter

    zincter Network Guru Member

    I have a wire running to the other end of the house, and I intent to use it, but I want to have more than one port available at that end (also that will max out the original WRT), so that I can connect several devices. Will a second WRT act as a range expander (access point?) at that end for my wireless? I'm really not that happy with the WRE54G that I'm currently using. I've tried to no avail to get it working with WPA, so I thought a second WRT might be a better (easier?) solution.
  4. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    I am afraid your question is tangled, and not as clear as it could be.

    You already have an ethernet run to the 2nd location. Use a traditional hub or switch to provide more wired ports then. If you want to use the LAN ports on a WRT you can use them. Or anything really.

    If you want to know how to change a WRT from router into a simple AP (Access Point), do I really need to detail the steps for that, or can you use the Search button? I even found an answer to this at Linksys:


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