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Linksys Router doesn’t talk to Linksys Bridge

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by silverjim, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. silverjim

    silverjim Network Guru Member

    My current setup is ISP (wireless) -> WET11 -> WRT54G -> PC

    I have a new Linksys WRT54GC Router. I followed the instructions in the setup wizard carefully, taking the default for everything except for the SSID name, which I filled in, so I could tell on wireless which network was mine. The defaults, I believe, are to act as a DHCP server.

    I set the Linksys WET11 Ethernet Bridge to all the defaults, including DHCP, telling it to lock onto the ISP. Unfortunately, even though I save the settings, it goes back to AD-HOC mode unless I disable the DHCP setting. So it’s permanently set to, netmask, gateway, Ch 6, locking onto the ISP SSID.

    My computer is set to take the DHCP defaults. Looking at the status page, right now the computer is telling me that DHCP is assigning it, netmask, gateway, DNS

    The Router is set to be the DHCP server, with a local IP address of

    The Ethernet Bridge is currently at, Netmask, Gateway

    The Network Address for the wireless ISP provider is, Ch 6

    Every time I go through the setup wizard for the WRT54GC, it gives me the following error message: Unable to detect the internet connection. Please go to the advanced setting page and check your internet connection type.

    My cables are fully functional. I can talk fine to the ISP by moving the cable from the blue internet port on the router to one of the regular LAN ports.

    I'd sure appreciate some insight here, as I've done everything I can think of. Thanks.
  2. OldeBill

    OldeBill Network Guru Member

    OK, I don't get something. If I were setting this up it would look something like this ...

    [ISP] ))-wireless-(( [WET11] >-wired-< (WAN)[WRT54G](LAN) )>-wired or wireless-<( PC

    Is this how you're set up?
  3. silverjim

    silverjim Network Guru Member


    I might have taken a few liberties in my little diagram, but your diagram is correct. My apologies if mine wasn't quite complete.

    I also downloaded the Setup assistant from Linksys and ran that. It would see the modem and (presumably) the bridge, but wouldn't confirm an internet connection. The error message was interesting: Netset Assistant was unable to detect your router... in spite of the fact that it found and configured it. Oh well...
  4. cartvader1

    cartvader1 Network Guru Member

    What exactly are you trying to accomplish?

    Will your ISP only allow you to connect one computer via their wireless connection?

    If that is the case try this.
    Change your local IP on your WRT54G to a different subnet like and make sure that the dhcp is set to give our addresses in that range. Also make sure that your wrt's ssid is set to something other than our ISPs and make sure the channel is different as well.

    Hope that helps.

  5. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Yeah I think you missed something important.

    It looks like you are going from WET11 into WAN port of WRT unit.

    That is fine, you can certainly do that.

    However, you CANNOT use same subnet on both sides of a router. A router wants to route, and to do that it needs to see different networks on each side. So for your home network use 192.168.200.* range or something like that.

    Most likely you can set the WAN port just to pick up it's IP address using the DHCP server on the ISP network.

    I would point out that it you have all-LAN setup, and you have DHCP server running on your WRT, that is effectively putting a 2nd DHCP server on the same network with the ISP. Most ISP will not appreciate this as multiple DHCP servers on one network cause problems.

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