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Connecting a wrT54g with a wrK54g

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by jtrenouth, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. jtrenouth

    jtrenouth Network Guru Member

    I've seen a few postings helping people try to extend their networks by connecting multiple routers. I've been trying many of the suggestions posted here and still can't get it to work properly. So I thought I'd ask here to see if there is something peculiar about my setup that's preventing it from working.

    I have 1 wrkg54 connected to the cable modem at one end of the house.

    I have 1 WRT54G that I would like to put at the other end of the house.

    I have a lan cable that runs from the wrk54g all the way to a room on the other side of house.

    I would like to connect the WRT54G to the lan cable, and have the WRT54G extend the same wireless coverage that the wrk54g is providing. There is a thick brick wall in the middle of the house that prevents signal from one end of the house from reaching the other end.

    I can get it to work if both routers serve different SSIDs, but I want it to be just one seemless service.

    Can anyone provide any configuration advice here??
  2. MarkInDavis

    MarkInDavis Network Guru Member

    Don't use WAN port (internet) of WRT54G. Connect it via one of its LAN ports. Disable DHCP on WRT54G. Make sure its ip address is different from WRK54G and not in the dhcp range. Both routers should have same ssid and encryption but use different channels (choose any two of 1, 6, and 11). The WRT54G will effectively be an AP/switch - it won't be doing any routing. This should give you seamless coverage.
  3. jtrenouth

    jtrenouth Network Guru Member

    Thinks, I'll give that a try tonight. I was using the WAN port and the same channels.
  4. paul_morris83

    paul_morris83 Network Guru Member

    Any update on this jtrenouth? I also have a WRK54G and want to extend my coverage. I will not purchase another WRK54G because of the connection problems and the lack of GPL, but would consider a WRT54G.
  5. paul_morris83

    paul_morris83 Network Guru Member

    Well, it sounds like jtrenouth is not reading the forum.
    MarkInDavis (or anyone else for that matter), will my wifi clients seamlessly switch from one channel to another based on signal strength? Should I expect any hic-ups if I am moving from the range of one to another? Thanks.
  6. MarkInDavis

    MarkInDavis Network Guru Member

    Yes they will. I use this setup but with two WRT54G's and can roam my house with laptop and it changes access points transparently.
  7. paul_morris83

    paul_morris83 Network Guru Member

    Great! Thanks for the information.

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