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settings for WAP

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by fishtoprecords, May 2, 2008.

  1. fishtoprecords

    fishtoprecords Addicted to LI Member

    I see in other threads that Tomato can be setup as a pure Wireless Access Point, which is what I want. I've got a WRT54GL currently with DDWRT 23-sp2, and can't figure out how to set it as a simple WAP.

    Some of the threads say the setup depends on your base network, so here is mine, hope someone with more experience can throw some light:

    I have a broadband link coming in to a linux PC acting as a simple firewall and NAT. I have another machine, inside the firewall with DNS, DHCP, postfix, etc.

    I want to run a CAT5 cable to the WRT54GL, and use it to talk WiFi. I want it to pass DHCP and DNS requrests to the existing Linux servers. I just want the WRT54GL to talk wifi on one end, and CAT5 on the other.

    I can set the IP address of the CAT5 port on the GL by its mac address in my DHCP server. Lets say that the house's main subnet is 172.16.4.0/24. Lets assign 172.16.4.8 to the GL.

    I want laptops, iPhones, etc. to get on the 172 subnet, with an IP address assigned by the server, somethink like
    172.16.4.101

    Suggestions, hints, etc, greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Pat
     
  2. Zaka

    Zaka LI Guru Member

    If I understand correctly...

    Tomato will not be a router, but just an access point for your wireless equipment.

    If this is the case:
    1) Turn off all DHCP, etc. in Tomato.
    2) Disable the WAN port (you are using the Tomato as a Switch).
    3) Plug the Cat5 into the LAN port.
    4) Connect wirelessly.
    (I assume that you will enable encryption after you're connected, and I'm not going to cover that)

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    Yeah, and if in the future you will have more than one wireless AP in your network, make sure they have the same SSID but on different, non-overlapping channels (1, 6, 11, etc).
     
  4. fishtoprecords

    fishtoprecords Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks, you are right, no routing on the WRT, just access point, working like a dumb hub or switch.

    Crytpo is on the list after I get it working as an access point.
     

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