Lots of questions :D mainly about bridging and wireless settings

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by cubajean10, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. cubajean10

    cubajean10 Guest

    Hello all and thank you for reading this, and for any advise that you might give me.

    So I have a cable modem hard wired to a WRT54GS, and i want to expand my network by adding another router. Currently I have an extra dgl-4300 that i could use for this, but correct me if i'm wrong i can't do "bridging" (or wds or whatever it's called) between a linksys router and a dlink router. So I'm planning to get a WRT54G2 if it'll do the trick. To the WRT54GS I can't change the firmware it has to stay with the original i think it's at Firmware Version: v1.52.5, but the the WRT54G2 I can install any 3rd party firmware (preferably tomato since i have used it before but if other is needed I'll use that one), in case i could use the dgl-4300 I'm assuming it's original firmware is flexible enough? I wouldn't want to mess with that one's firmware. Anyhow the WRT54GS is wep encrypted and if it was possible i would like to keep the mac filtering option disabled.
    So is it possible? And if yes what do i need to change? I tried following this guide: http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=47118
    But he used Alchemy-pre5.2.2 v2.09.1.8sv on the "source" router I can't
    I also found this http://marc-abramowitz.com/archives/2007/01/15/wds-on-the-wrt54g/
    but he was also using a 3rd pary firmware on the source router (meaning the one that has internet) and i believe he was also using mac filtering
    Is mac filtering necessary for WDS"bridging"
    also found this http://rgbdream.com/?p=44 that says that the linksys firmware has wds capability but i don't see it anywhere
    So many questions.. thanks for the help in advance
  2. badassz34

    badassz34 LI Guru Member

    I'm assuming you can't physically wire one to the other? That'd be easier to set up, but it wouldn't look much different from: Run them using different service set ID's, and mirror other wireless settings, just make sure you have the router names different but run them on same wireless channel. Let the primary run as DHCP server, disable dhcp server in the other. Primary should be running gateway mode, secondary in router mode (under advanced routing tab). IIRC this is what I did after I recovered my semi-bricked wrt54g (management gui/web interface fried out), and toyed with the setup for a couple of days just for fun. No WDS function/button to make it simple in these routers, but those settings will pretty much emulate the steps necessary to build a wds, if you had such an option in the setup. I could be mistaken, but as long as your channel and wireless security settings remain the same, and ssid's are different, your hosts should be able to 'surf' or 'roam' between the two without any major hiccups, and the distant 'secondary' should route traffic thru the primary, clreating one giant, albeit slower, wireless network. If I knew where in the bowels of linksysdom I found the recipe I'd give you a link, but that is lost on me.
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