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How to use WRT54G as a wireless bridge/switch on a jack?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by wheeler459, May 2, 2006.

  1. wheeler459

    wheeler459 Network Guru Member

    Hi everyone,

    I have a network I am helping someone work on in an old house. The modem and router are on the 4th floor. There is a wire run from this router (its an uncommon brand) down to the 3rd floor and it goes into a jack there.

    I want to take that jack and plug in a Linksys WRT54G into it and use it so that the internet can be accessed from it on the 3rd floor. What else has to be done besides shutting off DHCP? It will be upgraded to HyperWrt or equivalent for power output increase.
  2. kg4mrv

    kg4mrv Network Guru Member

    Well, it sounds like you pretty much squared away, just make sure you connect the wire coming from the main router to a LAN port on the WRT, rather than the WAN.
  3. n3oNx

    n3oNx Network Guru Member

    You also can connect it to the WAN Port of the WRT54G and then assign it a static IP or Auto DHCP if the primary router has the DHCP enabled.
  4. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    Making sure your LAN IP is different from the LAN IP of the main router, yet still in the same range. For example..if your primary router is, and your Linksys WRT54G defaults to'll want to change it to something like or So that it does not conflict with your main router. If they are in separate ranges, like your main router is, then bring your Linksys LAN IP into that same 192.168.0.xxx range...something like or way you can access it's web admin if need be.

    Then disable DHCP on the Linksys

    Flip it to Access Point mode

    And uplink via a LAN port.

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