Setting up network with WRT45G

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by TheJust, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. TheJust

    TheJust Network Guru Member


    I'm trying to set up my home network, but i can't get it work properly.
    The situation is as following:

    first router ( connected to internet.
    |- first workstation (
    |- second workstation (
    |- second router (
        |- third workstation (
        |- wlan notebook (, static dhcp)
    The second router is my new WRT45G. I tried using Alchemy6 and disabled routing, so i can use it as switch and accesspoint. This didn't work as it should, so i tried to use the official linksys firmware. The problem is, that i don't know how to configure it, so that i can't use both LAN and internet without any problems.
    Which firmware is the best for that? And how to configure?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Copied a document on how to setup client mode that some one else did. You can use WDS, but that comes with a bandwidth penaity. Satori only allows on client on the LAN. Alchemy allows four. The problem with Achemy is that NAT does not pass DNS or DHCP. You have to have a DNS server on your LAN for name resolution. You can use your new WRT54G as a DHCP server, but your LAN clients must be on a different sub-net. It would have better to use a WAP54G of a WET54G in client mode or bridge mode.

    Alright here you go - a step by step guide to setting up a linksys in client or bridge mode for whatever purposes. Some use it to hook up an XBOX or other game consoles with the network, or a media center pc, etc. I was going to paste this in response to another topic, but it was closed by someone.

    1. ROUTER refers to a linksys wrt54g with stock/original firmware. Any other should work as well.
    2. ROUTER internal ip =
    3. ROUTER subnet mask =
    4. ROUTER DNS Server 1 = aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd (replace by actual ip)
    5. ROUTER DNS Server 2 = aaa.bbb.ccc.eee (replace by actual ip)
    6. ROUTER has wireless enabled with SSID = SUBSTITUTE_YOUR_ROUTER_SSID
    7. ROUTER as security enabled using 64 bit WEP encryption with key = SUBSTITUTE_YOUR_ROUTER_WEP_KEY

    8. CLIENT refers to a linksys wrt54g with latest satori or alchemy firmware.

    Please subscribe to sveasoft and get the latest firmware, it's worth the small subscription amount. satori works as well but you can only hook up a single device to the CLIENT.

    I am morally against placing support discussions contributed by public behind closed doors (hence posting this here instead of closed sveasoft forums) but I still paid for my software, because I think the bits are worth the money.

    9. X > Y = Click on first level menu on the top labelled X and then click on submenu or tab labelled Y
    10. A.B = Value of a field labelled B in the section labelled A on a page. Section names appear vertically on the left of the page with black background.

    1. Validate or obtain the above information about the ROUTER. As long as you have access to it one way or another it shouldn't be an issue, e.g. on windows, you can run a ipconfig /all command in the command prompt to obtain the info above. Whatever the values, please use those values instead of the above.

    2. Also figure out an ip address on the ROUTER that is outside the dynamic ip address assignment range. Most routers come pre-configured with dynamic ip assignments starting from *.*.*.100 or *.*.*.50 onwards. So a low ip like should work in our scenario. This will be used to assign the ROUTER facing ip to the CLIENT later on.

    3. These steps assume that you are starting with a clean slate. So if you have messed around with the settings, undo it by restoring the defaults. Any settings not outlined in the steps are to remain at the default values!

    CLIENT setup step 1:
    1. Select Wireless > Basic Settings tab
    2. Set Wireless Network.Wireless Mode = Client
    3. Set Wireless Network.Wireless Network Mode = Mixed (or if all your cards and ROUTER support G, then set it to G-Only)
    4. Set Wireless Network.Wireless Network Name (SSID) = SUBSTITUTE_YOUR_ROUTER_SSID
    5. Click Save Setting button

    CLIENT setup step 2:
    The settings in this tab will vary depending on what security settings are configured on the ROUTER. Basically it is the same as you enter when connecting a laptop or any other wireless device with the ROUTER. I will use the example of WEP based encryption with a 64 bit hex key. If your ROUTER doesn't have any security settings, then this step can be skipped.
    1. Select Wireless > Security tab
    2. Set Wireless Security.Security Mode = WEP
    3. Set Wireless Security.Default Transmit Key = 1 (or which ever your ROUTER is configured to use)
    4. Set Wireless Security.WEP Encryption = 64 bits 10 hex digits
    5. Set Wireless Security.Passphrase = Leave blank if you manually entered your key when setting up router otherwise enter the passphrase and click generate
    6. Set Wireless Security.Key 1 = SUBSTITUTE_YOUR_ROUTER_WEP_KEY assuming you didnt enter a passphrase and hit generate in the previous step
    7. Repeat #6 for the rest of the keys to set them to what ever was configured on the ROUTER.
    8. Click Save Setting button

    CLIENT setup step 3:
    1. Select Setup > Basic Setup tab
    2. Set Wireless Setup.Internet Connection Type = Static IP
    3. Set Wireless Setup.Internet IP Address = (or whatever ip address you identified in step 2 of preperation)
    4. Set Wireless Setup.Subnet Mask = (same as assumption #3)
    5. Set Wireless Setup.Gateway = (Same as assumption #2)
    6. Set Wireless Setup.Static DNS 1 = (Same as assumption #2)
    7. Set Wireless Setup.Static DNS 2 = aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd (Same as assumption #4)
    8. Set Wireless Setup.Static DNS 3 = aaa.bbb.ccc.eee (Same as assumption #5)
    9. Set Wireless Setup.Router Name = BRIDGE (doesn't matter what you name it)
    10. Set Wireless Setup.Host Name = BRIDGE (doesn't matter what you name it)
    11. Set Wireless Setup.Domain Name = Blank (unless you have a reason to enter it)
    12. Set Wireless Setup.MTU = Auto
    13. Set Network Setup.Local IP Address = (increment the 3rd octet of the Wireless Setup.Internet IP Address field by 1, e.g 192.168.1+1.2. So now is your ROUTER facing IP and is your CLIENT network facing IP.
    14. Set Network Setup.Subnet Mask = (Same as assumption #3)
    15. Set Network Setup.Gateway = (Same as #13 above)
    16. Set Network Setup.Local DNS = (Same as #6 above)
    17. Set Network Setup.DHCP Server = Enabled (To let the CLIENT issue dynamic IPs to the devices hooked up to it)
    18. Set Network Setup.Starting IP Address = (You may have to click on Save Settings button before you see 192.168.2 written in this field. If you do, make sure you connect back to the CLIENT using the ip address is #13 above)
    19. Set Network Setup.WINS =
    20. Click on Save Settings button. Notice that after this configuration, your CLIENT bridge/router has a different IP address for administration. So if you are not automatically redirected to the new IP, you may have to connect to the administration web page by typing yourself. Also note that at this stage, you may not be able to connect to the new IP unless you are using a computer hooked up to one of the LAN ports of the CLIENT itself. And you may need to temporarily setup your computer's TCP/IP config to use a static IP in the 192.168.2.* subnet.

    CLIENT setup step 4:
    These steps are temporary so that you don't run into any issues during setup. Once you have everything working, you can undo these settings one by one as long as your setup keeps working. Theoratically speaking, you shouldn't need to because your internal network is protected by the firewall of your ROUTER from the internet anyway. But if you are security conscious then you may want to undo these.
    1. Select Security > Firewall
    2. Set Firewall.Firewall Protection = Disabled
    3. Set Firewall.Block Anonymous Internet Requests = unchecked
    4. Click Save Settings button

    At this point, you should be able to Click on Status > Wireless tab and see that you are connected to the ROUTER. You should also be able to hook up a device or computer to one of the four LAN ports of the CLIENT and notice that it obtains a dynamic IP like or some number greater than 100. You should also be able to ping your ROUTER, i.e. ping You should also be able to ping the internet, e.g. ping If you are not successful, then complete the next steps and retry after restarting the device/computer connected to the CLIENT. You may want to reboot the CLIENT as well.

    ROUTER setup step 1:
    If you are not able to ping the ROUTER from a computer connected to the CLIENT, then you may have MAC address filtering enabled on the ROUTER and your security settings may be incorrect. For the former problem, make sure that you add the MAC address of the CLIENT as well as the MAC address of the computer connected to the CLIENT to the MAC filter list. In fact, the best thing to do right now is to temporarily turn off MAC address filtering.

    Also, at this stage since the CLIENT and all devices/computers hooked up to it are on the 192.168.2.* subnet while your ROUTER is on the 192.168.1.* subnet, you will most likely not be able to ping the CLIENT or any computer connected to the CLIENT. In order to fix that, you need to setup a static route to the 192.168.2.* network so your ROUTER knows how to forward traffic to that network.
    1. Connect to the ROUTER's admin app, typically
    2. Select Setup > Advanced Routing
    3. Set Advanced Routing.Operating Mode = Gateway
    4. Set Advanced Routing.Select Set Number = 1
    5. Set Advanced Routing.Enter Route Name = BRIDGE (or any name you fancy)
    6. Set Advanced Routing.Destination LAN IP = (the last octet must be 0 and the third octet must be the same as your CLIENT's local IP's third octet)
    7. Set Advanced Routing.Subnet Mask =
    8. Set Advanced Routing.Default Gateway = (same as your CLIENT's ROUTER facing IP, i.e. Client setup Step 3, #3 above)
    9. Set Advanced Routing.Interface = LAN & WIRELESS
    10. Click Save Settings button
    11. Click on Show Routig Table button and it should look something like:

    Destination LAN IP, Subnet Mask, Gateway, Interface
    YOUR_EXT_IP,,, WAN (Internet),,, LAN & Wireless,,, LAN & Wireless,, YOUR_EXT_IP, WAN (Internet)

    That is it! If you have followed the steps correctly and made sensible substitutions for your specific environment, everything should work flawlessly. If you run into any issues, double check your settings adn run through the steps again. Make sure you are starting from a clean slate configuration on the CLIENT.
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