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REWARD: will pay someone to do this for me...

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by maussimo010, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. maussimo010

    maussimo010 Network Guru Member

    All I want is for someone to write me written, easy to follow instructions on how to set up my old WRT54G as a WAP in my front room...my home theatre and toy collection has grown over the past year, so i need to wire my ps3, my 360, and my slingbox into my router...i already have an ethernet cable running to my ps3, but whenever i want to use slingbox, i have to switch it before i leave home. I also live in an old apt. building with solid concrete walls. I get a 35-40% signal drop just by going into my front room, so the access point would help a lot, as well as being able to use the WRT54G as a switch as well...this is possible, right? using it as a switch as well as an AP?

    I switched to FIOS a month or so ago, so i have the actiontec in my computer room, and i want to keep that as my main router.

    If someone is interested, i will pay $20.00 to them via paypal...i would like to test it first to make sure it works before i pay you, but i promise i will pay if successful..i mean, it's only $20 bucks, so i can swing it for you

    any takers? i guess it will be first come first serve

    here's my info: Main Router is an Actiontec model MI424-WR
    firmware version

    Second Router is a Linksys WRT54G
    HyperWRT firmware, don't recall at the moment
    which firmware, but I will look if someone needs it

    I also need to know what setting will be required, if any to use the WRT54G as a switch, so that not only will it send off a wireless signal, but I also need to be able to plug my slingbox/ps3/360 into it so that they are all 3 online with no problems, and what setting will be neccessary in the routers to make this happen...

    thanks in advance!

  2. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Save your $20 Bux. What you are trying to do is as easy as falling off a log.

    1 - Dis-able the DHCP server in the WRT
    2 - Set LAN IP of WRT to
    3 - The 4 LAN ports of the WRT are already a "switch" with the wireless.
    Connect your active CAT5 to one of the 4 LAN ports and other wired devices to the remaining 3 ports. Wireless clients of the WRT will be networked with anything connected to the 4 LAN ports, including the internet. Leave WRT WAN port with nothing connected. Grab another cold beer..........
  3. bigjohns

    bigjohns Network Guru Member

    right. email me at bigjohns /at/ gmail and I'll help if you have issues with what GEE said.
  4. maussimo010

    maussimo010 Network Guru Member

    So, with th emuch appreciated help of BigJohns, I have my WRT acting as a WDS now...my next question is, where do I go from here?

    I have cloned the MAC addy of the primary router to the WRT...one of my main concerns is when i use my stumbler program, the linksys and my primary router both show up...i thought that when the WRT was connected, the primary router would show up as one main signal, without showing the linksys at all...

    next question is, is there a way to make the linksys run directly off of the WEP that my primary is? as it stands now, my primary router is WEP, but the linky is showing as no encryption. shouldnt it run off the same WEP setting as the primary??

    thanks again for all your help, BigJohns!

  5. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Since you already have a cat5 cable running to the front room, you should not be using WDS at all. Nothing will beat the performance of the direct connection that you already have. The 3 steps I gave above will set the WRT in operation as an access point. Further refinement of the above instruction would be to set the two radios on distant channels from each other, like channel one and channel eleven. Use the same SSID on each so that portable wireless client devices will roam seamlessly between the two. The encryption method of each radio should be of matching type and with the same key.
  6. maussimo010

    maussimo010 Network Guru Member

    my reason for running it to my front room is twofold...because i needed to add a switch so that i can run my ps3/xbox360/slingbox as hard-wired connections...the next issue is that i live in an old apt. complex that was built in the 70's with 12-inch thick solid walls...when i am in my router room, i can get about 90% signal strength...when i go to front room or kitchen, it drops to about 55-60%...which is why i thought that not only could the WRT act as a switch as you had instructed, but also an AP as well, giving me a bit more kick in the front room/kitchen...

    i am not sure the actiontec router firmware is friendly enuff to let me setup the WEP as the WRT does...i was already looking at making them match, but having a tricky time doing so...
  7. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Now you are confuzing me. Is the Actiontec not your primary router ?

    Edit -

    WEP = "Wired Equivalent Privacy" and is a radio signal encryption protocol.
    WDS = "Wireless Distribution System" and is an inter-radio bridging protocol.
  8. maussimo010

    maussimo010 Network Guru Member

    yes, the actiontec is my primary router...i have the line for my front room coming out of the actiontec, then that line goes into the WRT

    i was trying to say that i cant figure out exactly how to give the WRT and the actiontec the same WEP key, because the actiontec is kind of idiot-proof, so it doesnt have the same 'generate key' options as the WRT does...i am still trying to figure that one out for the moment...
  9. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    The WRT IS also an AP as well. The "Wireless" that I mentioned at the end of step 3 is the wireless of the WRT. The WRT wireless is an additional port to the 4 wired ports OF THE WRT. They are all connected internally.
  10. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Good Luck. There are calculators on the internet that will help with that. You may wish to manually create your own random key for the type of encryption you wish to use instead of relying on a passphrase.
  11. maussimo010

    maussimo010 Network Guru Member

    Is there a way to tell if my laptop is passing between my primary router and my new WDS AP?

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