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Connecting a Netgear wireless router into WRT in client mode

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by SkiDragon, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. SkiDragon

    SkiDragon Network Guru Member

    I am trying to connect a Netgear wireless router (MR814v3) into a WRT54Gv4 running DD-WRT v23 in "client" mode. I want the Netgear router to rebroadcast the signal that the WRT54G is picking up. The client mode of the WRT has been running fine, and when I hook up my computer to it, I can access the internet. I tried to plug the WAN port of the Netgear router into a LAN port on the WRT (I just took the cord out of my computer and plugged it into the Netgear router WAN port). I then plugged my computer into a LAN port on the Netgear router. I was eventually able to access the settings on both routers, but I could not access the internet on my computer. I could still access the internet through other computers plugged into the WRT54G. I was also getting a Wifi signal that I could connect to, but I could not access the internet through that, either.

    Could somebody tell me what I am doing wrong? I have everything set up to automatically assign IP addresses, etc.

    Thanks.
     
  2. xrattiracer

    xrattiracer Network Guru Member

    I am having a hard time understanding your description of the network. is it setup like this?
    {dsl/cable/internet}--[netgear router]--{wireless}--[wrt in client mode]--[pc]
    if you have the two routers in reversed roles from this it wont work, the client mode has to connect to the gateway router. the diagram above is how i have my setup and it works great, i have a small lan attached on the client side.
    oh, and the WAN port is NOT used on the wrt in client mode, the netgear is setup as per its normal instructions.
     
  3. xrattiracer

    xrattiracer Network Guru Member

    I am having a hard time understanding your description of the network. is it setup like this?
    {dsl/cable/internet}--[netgear router]--{wireless}--[wrt in client mode]--[pc]
    if you have the two routers in reversed roles from this it wont work, the client mode has to connect to the gateway router. the diagram above is how i have my setup and it works great, i have a small lan attached on the client side.
    oh, and the WAN port is NOT used on the wrt in client mode, the netgear is setup as per its normal instructions.
     
  4. SkiDragon

    SkiDragon Network Guru Member

    Its like this. Unfortunately I dont have access to the first router, its in my dad's office and I am not allowed to mess with it.

    {cable internet}--[wireless router]--{wireless broadcast}--[WRT54G in client mode]--[pc/pc/(netgear router--{wireless broadcast}--[laptop/nintendo ds/palm pilot/etc.)]]

    This is necessary because the first wireless signal is weak, and can only be reliably recieved with an antenna on the WRT54G. Basically, I want to netgear router to "rebroadcast" the signal, perhaps with a different type of encryption or something. For now, though, I just want to make it work. I'll think about encryption after that.
     
  5. xrattiracer

    xrattiracer Network Guru Member

    oh, i see now. yeah thats fine that you dont have access to the first router, you wouldnt need to change anything on it.
    the setup you have should work just fine, just make sure that the ip addresses are all correct since you were moving cables around.
    probably the most likely area of trouble would be the wan port settings on the netgear, make sure the gateway is set to the ip of the wrt, etc, or that it is getting dhcp from the wrt.
    then make sure your pc is getting an address from the netgear and not still using one from the wrt.
    and of course make sure that all the different networks have non-overlapping ip/route information. (ie the wireless and lan sides arent all using the same 192.168.1.x ip space).
     
  6. SkiDragon

    SkiDragon Network Guru Member

    Ill try this, I hope I can figure it out.
    Thanks.
     
  7. SkiDragon

    SkiDragon Network Guru Member

    Here is some more info. I cannot seems to make it work. If I could just get the internet though the netgear router, I would be happy, but I cant, either through its lan ports or wirelessly.

    WRT54G

    Internet
    Configuration Type
    Login TypeAutomatic Configuration - DHCP
    IP Address192.168.0.100
    Subnet Mask255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway192.168.0.1
    DNS 1192.168.0.1

    Local Network
    MAC Address00:14:BF:35:7F:FE
    IP Address192.168.1.1
    Subnet Mask255.255.255.0
    DHCP ServerEnabled
    Start IP Address192.168.1.2
    End IP Address192.168.1.21

    -----------------
    Netgear MR814

    Internet Port
    MAC Address 00:0f:b5:7c:18:d3
    IP Address 192.168.1.2
    DHCP DHCP Client
    IP Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
    Domain Name Server
    192.168.0.1


    LAN Port
    MAC Address 00:0f:b5:7c:18:d2
    IP Address 192.168.0.1
    DHCP On
    IP Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0

    Starting IP Address 192.168.0.2
    Ending IP Address 192.168.0.51
     
  8. xrattiracer

    xrattiracer Network Guru Member

    the problem i see is that the wireless side of the WRT54G and the local side of the netgear are using the same ip space. this can cause confusion in the routers, so it would be best to change one of them.
    you said you dont have control over the first wireless router, so that means you cant change that one. which leaves you with the netgear. i would suggest changing it (and by extension all the clients connected to it) to an entirely different address space, like 10.0.0.0/255.255.255.0
     
  9. SkiDragon

    SkiDragon Network Guru Member

    So, are you saying that the IP Address192.168.0.100 of the WRT54G conflicts with the Starting IP Address 192.168.0.2
    Ending IP Address 192.168.0.51 of the netgear router? I didnt think these overlapped. Or are you saying that Start IP Address192.168.1.2 End IP Address192.168.1.21 of the WRT54G conflicts with the Starting IP Address 192.168.0.2 Ending IP Address 192.168.0.51 of the netgear? Did you notice that one has a "1" and the other a "0"? I dont understand what exactly conlicts. I am very new to this. I would appreciate if you could explain it in a bit more detail. Thank you very much.
     
  10. SkiDragon

    SkiDragon Network Guru Member

    Thank you, I got it to work with your suggestions.
     

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