Connecting 2 Tomato routers wirelessly?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by HunterZ, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. HunterZ

    HunterZ Network Guru Member

    Currently I have this setup:

    cable modem -> ethernet WAN port of WRT54Gv3 (Tomato) -> ethernet LAN port of Netgear wireless router -> various wired and wireless devices.

    The WRT54Gv3 is acting as the gateway (providing NAT for the WAN connection, DHCP assignments, and local DNS), and the Netgear is just acting as a dumb AP/switch so that computers on the other end of my house can get LAN/WAN access. The two routers both have WiFi enabled (although I don't use the WRT54Gv3's very often) and have different SSID's.

    I've been thinking, though, of picking up a WRT54GL (and using Tomato on it) to replace the Netgear, and having the two WRT54G's connect to each other wirelessly so that I don't have to run a long CAT-5 cable across the house. Is this possible? Is it a good idea? How would I go about configuring the new router to do this?

    Note that the new router would have wired and wireless devices connected and that I would want it to act as a dumb AP/switch that lets the WRT54Gv3 continue to act as the WAN gateway and DHCP & DNS server.

    Thanks in advance for any advice and/or info.
  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    It should work in WDS mode just fine. You should know however if you connect wirelessly to the second WRT54GL, your throughput will be cut in half. A wireless bridge connection to another AP has to receive from a client and re-transmit (forward) you traffic to the other AP. You should also keep in mind that you can't beat a physical connection in throughput.
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