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Configuration Help! WDS??? Bridge????

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by worm9110, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. worm9110

    worm9110 Network Guru Member

    I have the following setup below.

    WRT54GL v1.1
    Tomato 1.19
    Security: WPA / WPA2 Personal
    Encryption: TKIP / AES
    Connected to cable modem
    About 10 devices connecting via WPA or WPA2, all have internet capability

    WRT54G v4 (newly added to network)
    Tomato 1.21
    Security: WEP
    Encryption: 128-bits
    3 Devices that can only use WEP, can connect to WRT54G v4 clients only

    I want WRT54G v4 clients to be able to access internet and also access clients on WRT54GL v1.1 network. Can someone help me with what is best configuration.
  2. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    Can you put the two devices near each other?

    Your best bet is probably to connect the WAN port of #2 to a LAN port of #1, and make #2 into a Wireless Ethernet Bridge (in Basic > Network > Wireless > Wireless Mode). You can then set up #2 to use any wireless mode you want, though you should probably ensure that it uses a different channel than #1.

    The WEB router will simply do passthrough. It won't do any DHCP or NAT translation for you, which is exactly what you want. It relies on the main router to do that.

    I have a similar setup at my house.
  3. jersully

    jersully LI Guru Member

    I think all you need to do is...
    -Disable the LAN port and DHCP on the WEP router
    -Connect the two via available LAN ports
    -Put the two wireless networks on non-overlapping channels choosing from 1, 6, and 7 depending on what your neighbors are using
    ...and that should do it.
  4. worm9110

    worm9110 Network Guru Member

    I followed your instructions above and I can't connect to #2. When I look at #1 (Status > Device List) I do not see #2 router. And when I plug laptop into #2 to get back into Tomato it doesn't do anything in IE. So I have to reset for 30 seconds to get defaults back to get into #2 router. Any thoughts.
  5. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    Short Answer: I'm possibly confusing two different issues. Follow jersully's advice.

    Long Answer: Some non-tomato router's (e.g. Airports) let you put the router into a mode where it doesn't do NAT or DHCP, but simply acts as a smart hub between the LAN and the WAN. I was thinking that was WEB mode on Tomato, but I now realize that WEB is something completely different, and I should have known better.

    I think there is a way of getting Tomato into this mode, too. But I don't remember for sure.

    Sorry for confusing you.
  6. worm9110

    worm9110 Network Guru Member

    Got it working with your steps. Thanks!

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