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Help with using WRT54G as an access point

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Spleeny, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Spleeny

    Spleeny Guest

    Hello all,

    I currently have a Motorola SBG9000 cable modem/router combo unit. I am trying to set up a Linksys WRT54G as an access point so that I will have better coverage of my apartment and a more consistent connection for my Wii and Xbox 360.

    Here's a basic layout of my apartment. It's not perfectly to scale or anything - you get the idea, though, I'm sure. My computer and the cable modem/router combo (the SBG9000) are in the top-right corner. The Wii and 360 are in the bottom-left corner of the living room. The Wii only gets a sketchy connection at best, and although I don't have the 360 yet (it'll be here in 2 days), I can only assume it'll be the same. The star-shape is where I'd like to stick the WRT54G in hopes that it's then both close enough to the SBG9000 to pick it up and close enough to the Wii60 to keep them running smoothly.

    I do not have CAT5 accessibility from the computer/modem area to the star-shape. The hopeful result of this is that I can have consistent wireless access in the living room without have to string CAT5 cable everywhere around the apt.

    I have read the article about setting up WDS on the WRT54G, and I think it would be helpful but I seem to have some different kind of router, or something. I have no option to disable DHCP - my options are DHCP, Static IP, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, and Telstra Cable. So I can't even get through the first couple of steps to setting this up.

    I would appreciate any assistance that anyone could offer, and I would appreciate it even more if it were as dumbed-down as possible. I'm about as far from a networking guru as one can get, and I don't really know what most terms, etc mean right off - I was very excited about the above article primarily because it has pictures telling me what to type into every blank, heh - but I digress.

    Thanks in advance for your time!

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