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How to configure 2 WRT54xx in 'bridged' mode?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by dalan81, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. dalan81

    dalan81 LI Guru Member

    I was planning to upgrade my home network to 11g from 11b (finally). I currently have 3 PCs on the network -- 1 wired, 2 wireless. I also have a Tivo Series 2 on the network, used for photo, music and video sharing with a PC, whose USB adapter would be upgraded as well. From reading posts in the forum, I've come to the conclusion that I'd be better off connecting the Tivo to a second router via the LAN port and bridging to my primary router. Sounds fine. If so, both routers would be new (i.e. won't keep the 11b router). Now the questions:

    1. Which of the WRT54xx models would serve this purpose best (assuming that the 54G v.5 is out of the question)?

    2. Does the Linksys firmware natively support bridging or some other functionality that would serve this purpose? Or should I be looking at 3rd party firmware instead?

    3. If a bridge is set up between 2 WRT54GS, can the Speed Booster functionality be used? If the other adapters on the network are not Speed Booster-enabled (i.e. plain 11g), is there an issue or speed degradation from the mixed environment?

    4. Are there any other considerations I should be looking at?

    Thanks in advance for any advice from the pros out there.
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    If it is a wireless bridge/client mode you are after, you will need to go with a 3rd party firmware such as Thibor and two WRT54GL units - there is no official support on Linksys firmware.

    Will leave the SpeedBooster questions to someone that has been using it in a mixed environment though.
  3. bfis108137

    bfis108137 LI Guru Member

    I didn't know where I could post this message but here will have to do. I had 2 WRT54GL's, and Had been working very hard now for almost a week to get them working, and finally I got it last night, and I was so excited I almost collapsed. For ANYONE who is having trouble with WDS, I highly recommend a complete reset with clearing of NVram. That's what did it. All my settings were correct. I changed all kinds of things in the process going back and forth between between Thibor and Tofu and DDWRT. I tried turning up the signal. I tried different frequencies. I tried calling them the same name or giving them the same ip address. I tried different frequencies, and the same frequencies. I tried mizxed mode and G only. I even tried allowing a connection from any WDS device temporarily for testing purposes which by the way was also a mistake since it didn't seem to find the device. However after I cleared the NVram and entered the macs, it worked. For the record, in the beginning, I had entered the macs, but as I started to have problems, I deleted them from the equation.

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