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Connecting two WRT54G's

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by sixsicsix, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. sixsicsix

    sixsicsix Network Guru Member

    hey gang. Here's my setup

    I've got two WRT54G's , both running: v4.30.1,HyperWRT 2.1b1 +tofu12

    I'd like to set up one of the routers in a separate room beside my xbox. so xbox would plug into one of my WRT54G's, and i'd love to have it connect wirelessly to my other WRT54G that's wired into my DSL line. I think the option i want is STA (router acts as a client), so that i can get my xbox online.

    What i'm confused on, once i set the xbox router to client mode STA, (also tried the WDS options) how / where do i put in the wireless security info to make it talk to my other wireless router?

    Thanks in advance, Cheers
    -S
     
  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    You'll need to plug up a PC to the LAN port on the unit and configure it's settings. All you really need to worry about is SSID, encryption, and setting it to client mode. At that point it becomes a transparent device, a big fat WiFi card. So a single device attached to it's LAN port should see network over it.

    Try it with a PC first, you'll see that the ethernet you attach to it will be able to get a DHCP over it from main router. At that point it's cake just move it over to XBox.
     
  3. sixsicsix

    sixsicsix Network Guru Member

    Ok. So router 1 is my main WRT54G that's wired to my dsl
    router 2 is my xbox router.

    So on router 2, i want to configure it with the same ssid / security info (passphrases etc..) and then it will seamlessly connect to router 1?
     
  4. sixsicsix

    sixsicsix Network Guru Member

    I gave that a go, and it does seem to work for the most part. I 'm getting an IP from router 1, but cannot surf or connect to anything from router 2
     
  5. AtillaThePun

    AtillaThePun Network Guru Member

    I'm fairly new to the wireless scene, but shouldn't different access points have different SSIDs? I thought that was how a roaming device could be passed from one to the next, and why the SSID should be broadcast.
     
  6. SimonMackay

    SimonMackay Network Guru Member

    Hi!

    If you wish to use standard access points (including routers) to widen your wireless network's area coverage, they need the SSIDs and WEP / WPA details to be common. They also need to be connected to each other via wired LAN connections like Ethernet or HomePlug powerline.

    The only thing that is different about the APs is the channel that each unit works on. They have to be on different channels, preferably on the same band. This then means that the client device - the STA - will look for the same SSID and tune in to which ever access point has the strongest signal on that SSID.

    In these systems, I would avoid using any proprietary "speed-boost" technologies on any AP until 802.11n is ratified. This is because these technologies will work only if the STA and AP are from the same vendor.

    With regards,

    Simon Mackay
     
  7. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    Just setting up a wireless network on this 2nd router isnt going to give it internet access unless the router itself has a LAN connection. Try WDS, it works great for me, and my 2nd and 3rd routers act as bridges to other wired devices around the house
     
  8. votetrev

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  9. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    The router that connects the xbox connects will only need its wireless security changed. It would also need to connect to the second router using an ethernet cable, so that you won't need to setup any security seettings on the second router unless you want the second router to be used with other devices.


    the router with the xbox should be configured to connect to 2nd router's ip address. the 2nd router should then be configured to connect to your dsl modem's ip address or your isp gateway address.
     
  10. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    The router that connects the xbox connects will only need its wireless security changed. It would also need to connect to the second router using an ethernet cable, so that you won't need to setup any security seettings on the second router unless you want the second router to be used with other devices.


    the router with the xbox should be configured to connect to 2nd router's ip address. the 2nd router should then be configured to connect to your dsl modem's ip address or your isp gateway address.
     
  11. yocobs

    yocobs Network Guru Member

    well i did something similar but with my PS2 but didnt set the second router gateway .
    my wrt54gs v4 with ddrwt v23 set to client bridged mode,diabled the dhcp server then put it on the same subnet of the first router which is also my adsl modem and now everything works fine :) and now my ps2 connects to the internet and the other pc connected wirely with my wrt54gs can access both the internet and the wired network on the other side of the 1st router which is WAG54G v2 with the original linksys firmware :)
     

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