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Help with Odd Network Setup

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Zoidsfan77, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Zoidsfan77

    Zoidsfan77 Networkin' Nut Member

    Hello, I am new to these forums, and I came seeking some assistance. I'm going to break down my problem the best I can, hopefully what I'm trying to do is possible.

    Edit:
    I decided that having separate networks is no longer nessesary.

    Goal:
    To bring a wireless connection from a lower level of my home to a higher level, there is an AT&T U-Verse Internet Modem there, and it's wireless range covers my entire house. The idea is to use that connection, and turn it into a Ethernet connection upstairs that can then be used by a desktop computer, some wireless devices (using the increased signal strength), and a printer (I have a Linksys print server to do so). Also, to complicate things further, I would like this wireless network to be under a different name. So say, the AT&T U-Verse network is network A, I want the upstairs network to be Network B, independent other than the fact it's connecting to the Internet through Network A.

    Equipment (this is what you have to work with):
    - 2X Linksys WRT54G Wireless Routers with latest factory firmware
    - 1X Linksys WAP54G Wireless Access Point with latest factory firmware
    - 1X Linksys PSUS4 Printserver with latest factory firmware
    - 1X 2WIRE AT&T U-Verse Wireless Modem and access to all its customizable settings

    So, can this be done with this equipment? Can this be done at all? If so, how may I do it? I'm not new to setting up and operating networks, but I'm no pro. I would like to stick with the factory firmware, but if absolutely nessesary, I am willing to go with 3rd party firmware.

    Thank you!
     
  2. bl00513

    bl00513 Networkin' Nut Member

    Here's a though (and anyone else please feel free to add or correct me): You have 3 Routers (2x Linksys, and 2Wire). Maybe you could put Tomato or DD-WRT on one of the linksys routers, set it up in wireless client mode and configure its DHCP server to put its clients on a different subnet. The client mode would allow you to bridge the WiFi of the 2Wire router and having it subnet the clients, in effect, separates the two networks. I've made a setup very similar to this work quite well.



    or....... You could invest $30 ~ $50 dollars in a wireless bridge. I know that's not what you were shooting for, but just a though.
     
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  3. allentwright

    allentwright Serious Server Member

    Maybe you could put Tomato or DD-WRT on one of the linksys routers, set it up in wireless client mode and configure its DHCP server to put its clients on a different subnet. The client mode would allow you to bridge the WiFi of the 2Wire router and having it subnet the clients, in effect, separates the two networks.
     

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