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Is it possible to bridge a WRT5G and a BEFW11S4?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Anonymous, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Is it possible to bridge a WRT5G and a BEFW11S4? I am trying to get my buddy (three apartments over) connected to my wireless network for some LAN fun. So far boosting the signal on the WRT54G still doesnt quite do it though he can detect the SSID over there. Too much overhead and packet loss on the outer perimeter is all I can think about. If someone could point me to the optimal settings to squeeze every ounce of distance (even at the loss of speed), I would appreciate it.
  2. Smoky

    Smoky Network Guru Member

  3. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member

    Okay, the previous post was intended to solve the question of how to add on a router to an existing network and only use it as an access point. Your case is a little different.

    It sounds like you have a WRT54G setup in your apartment, and your buddy has a BEFW11S4 setup for his own network.

    The Goal: Connect the two networks via a wireless link.

    The Plan: Implement a Wireless Bridge.

    Unfortunately, bridging is one of those topics that is still iffy.

    The BEFW11S4 does not support bridging.
    The WRT54G does as of the 2.02.2 Linksys firmare (and hacks based on that version).

    A bridge acts to connect two seperate areas together or to 'convert' a wired solution to a wireless one.

    It is possible to do this in your situation but you will either need another device that supports bridging with the WRT54G, which in the Linksys line you are looking at the WAP54G line or the WET54G. That device will connected to your buddy's network and act as the virtual cable between the two.

    If you were to get another WRT54G and replace your buddies BEFW11S4 with that, you could then take a look at Sveasoft's firmware, which will make the WRT54G able to be a bridge client or act in a Wireless Distribution System, WDS.

    Now, things may get a bit tricky here because now you have two routers both providing DHCP and doing NAT through their respective broadband connections. So, you may have to end up disabling DHCP on the routers and go with static IPs that you KNOW will not conflict and the subnet must match as well. This area of the solution may need a bit of tweaking as we get closer to implementation. This should get you on one network such that you can see each other.

    Concerning making the link itself and the issue of strength - directional antennas may be the solution. Aim them at each other and you should be good to go, typically aftermarket antennas will also have a higher dBi so that coupled with directional and maybe power boost on each side you should have no problem getting though many concrete walls that may separate you two.

    I hope this is a start in the right direction.

    Of course, getting down and dirty in it is the fun part - then you can share your knowledge with others!

  4. mv09

    mv09 Network Guru Member

    1 more tip for u :

    We know that both routers are having ip of now your idea of disabling dhcp on both routers is fine, but it has a hitch, that one needs to assign static ips on all pcs inside both buildings. rather we could also do so by just disabling the dhcp on befw11s4 and changing ip of that router to Then you can assign static ips on pcs behind BEFW11s4 with gateway and pref dns as As for your range suggestion, that is pretty neat idea.
    Instead of going for a WET54g or WAP54g, you can also go for a WSB24, which is a signal booster for BEFW11s4.

    i think this should do the trick for you.

    any other queries, then do give me a buzz


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