Extending coverage with multiple WRT54G

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by xpanmanx, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. xpanmanx

    xpanmanx Network Guru Member

    Greetings,

    I have a functional WLAN using a WRT54G. I am using the WRT54G only as an Access Point (the internet connection is not used, I have a separate firewall).

    I have a 2nd WRT54G sitting on a shelf. I've flashed both WRT54Gs to the same firmware, 4.0 Beta high-speed.

    I'd like to extend facility coverage by bringing the 2nd WRT54G into service in a low-signal area.

    How do I go about this? Do I simply connect the 2nd WRT54G to my network and configure it with the same encryption settings? Or is there more to it?

    Thanks,

    Tim ==
     
  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    There are several ways to accomplish what you want. The easiest would be to simply run a network cable from either your main router OR from the WRT54G you currently have setup and connect it to a LAN port on the 2nd WRT54G. Then just setup the 2nd WRT54G with the same SSID & security settings as the first. Your wireless clients will roam seemlessly between the routers. You'll also need to assign the 2 routers different IP addresses. Lastly make sure that DHCP is enabled on only 1 of your 3 routers. (You don't actually need special firmware for a setup like this to work. In fact you can even use two routers from diferent manufacturers!)

    If running a cable to the 2nd router is problematic then you'll want to look into setting up a WDS connection between the routers. You should be able to find plenty of info by searching the forum for WDS if you go that route. (You'll need to flash a custom firmware on both routers for this to work. Both DD-WRT & Alchemy would work.)

    Good luck.
     
  3. apedroza

    apedroza Guest

    Similar question:WRT54G as an Access Point

    I have a wired network that I'd like to add wireless access to in a different part of the house. I have a WRT54G v1.1 that I'm trying to connect to the first router, but I only want the WRT54G to function like an access point. I must be screwing up the settings on the WRT54G because every time I disable DHCP, I can connect wirelessly, but I can't get a valid IP.

    Here's the setup:

    First wired router:
    IP is default: 192.168.1.1
    IP start: 192.168.1.100
    IPs allowed: 50
    DHCP enabled

    WRT54G:
    Connected WLAN port to one of the ports of first router
    IP: 192.168.1.2 ( I also tried 192.168.2.1 )
    DHCP disabled

    When I enable DHCP on the WRT54G I can get on the internet wirelessly, but I can't access the computers/printers wired to the first router.

    Please advise!
    Thanks,
    Alfred
     
  4. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Re: Similar question:WRT54G as an Access Point

    You don't want to use the WAN (Internet) port on the 2nd router at all. Run the cable from a LAN port on your primary router to a LAN port on your 2nd router and everything should work.
     
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