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Network Bridges (Wireless)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by amitroy5, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. amitroy5

    amitroy5 Network Guru Member

    I was looking at the Linksys WET54GS5. I need this. But I don't understand why it is so expensive, much more expensive than the router itself. Why?

    Also, what cheaper solutions do I have? The reason I ask is because I noticed that my wires through the house are starting to go bad.
  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Buying another WRT54G and installing custom firmware such as DD-WRT and then use either WDS or Client mode would likely work.
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The only problem with using WDS is the loss of throughput, you lose half the bandwidth. Client mode is the better solutiion, but some people have difficulty in getting it to work. You can buy a WAP54G and put it in bridge mode. The only downsides is that it has only one port, does not have speedbooster or the switch capabilities like the WET54GS5 and it is a little more expensive than a another WRT54G. The WET54GS5 costs more money, since it is not sold in the volumes of the WRT54G/WRT54GS, it also has QOS at multiple levels of service per port. The WET54GS is a dedicated bridge and you do not have to flash firmware. If you go the third party firmware route, upgrade the firmware from a wired Ethernet connection only and also upgrade from factory default settings only. You will have to read the guides for WDS and client mode and there are some downsides to client mode with some firmware versions, read about other peoples experiences with WDS and client mode before you spend your money.

    Read 4access response to some questions on WDS and Client mode at: http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=32983#32983

    With some third party firmware you have a problem withe DHCP pass through and DNS in client mode.
  4. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Actually there is no throughput loss assuming the WRT is used in the same manner the WET54GS5 would be used. (Specifically: If no wireless clients are associating with the WRT and only the LAN ports are used.) See my second post in the thread already linked to for details. ;)

    What kinds of problems are you referring to? I ask out of curiosity since the only issues I've run into were expected due to the way client mode currently works...

  5. baldyguy

    baldyguy Network Guru Member

    Does anyone know what firmware would work for WRT54GS version 4?
  6. nekon

    nekon Guest

    sorry to bring back from the dead, but I thought it to be better then starting my own thread.

    I've also been looking into the WET54GS5 I need to get my XBOX, PS2, and at that rate my desktop on the network.. I'd rather have one box in my bedroom then my modem, WRT54G, voip, and cables running all over behind furniture..

    I am running tofu9 on my WRT54G now and have been looking at some of the other settings.. is it now possible to make a WRT54G function as a bridge EXACTLY as if it was a WET54GSS5..?
  7. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Yes. Use the WET option in Tofu or the Client Bridge mode option in DD-WRT v23 (beta)

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