Setup WRE54G

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by jetpuck73, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. jetpuck73

    jetpuck73 LI Guru Member

    I have a WRT54G running Tomato and need to get my WRE54G working and don't know how. Can anyone help me out?
  2. WRobertE

    WRobertE Addicted to LI Member

    I've set one up for use with a WRT54GS running Tomato 1.23 so I know it will work. As I recall, it was a bit of a pain in the a$$ getting it to work, however.

    Some models have an ethernet port on the first under a cover. If yours has one, I'd try to connect it directly to the router to do the configuration.

    The one I was configuring didn't have an ethernet port. In that case, I had to temporarily turn off wireless security on the router in order to get the WRE54G configured, then after configuration I turned wireless security back on.

    The device has a fixed IP address of Type that into your browser and you should be able to get to the setup screen. The default user name is <blank> (I.E. nothing) and the default password is admin.

    You should upgrade to the most recent firmware for your device. Here's a link to some info on the Linksys website:

    Here's some info from the Linksys setup guide:

    1. Press the Range Expander’s reset button (with a pin or a pen) for five seconds. This should reset the Range Expander’s settings back to their default.
    2. Disconnect the Range Expander’s power for 30 seconds. Then, connect the power again.
    3. Press the Auto configuration button on the side of the Range Expander. As long as it is within range of an access point or wireless router that has disabled WEP, it should communicate with it.

    You need to set the SSID on the WRE54G to match the SSID on the router. The version I had didn't support WPA2, so I had to set Tomato as WPA/WPA2 to get it to work.

    It took a bit of trial and error, but eventually I got it to work. When it finally joins the network, the two led's on the front should turn blue. If one of them is red, it's not setup correctly.
  3. jetpuck73

    jetpuck73 LI Guru Member

    What should I put in for Gateway? And which one do I turn sercurity in first? Thanks for your help.
  4. WRobertE

    WRobertE Addicted to LI Member

    Put the IP address of the wireless router in the Gateway field. And, I forgot to mention that you must also set the wireless channel on the WRE54G to match the wireless channel used by the wireless router.

    I had to turn off wireless security on both devices to get the initial setup working. Then, once the WRE54G is working with the wireless router without wireless security: (1) turn wireless security back on in the WRE54G and then (2) turn wireless security back on in the wireless router. The WRE54G should link up automatically after a few seconds if the wireless security settings on both devices match.

    In my case, I think I may have had to reboot the wireless router (with wireless security turned on) and then unplugged the WRE54G, waited 30 seconds or so, and then plugged the WRE54G back in (also with wireless security turned on) to get both devices to link up.

    As I said previously, it has been a while since I did this and I no longer have the WRE54G to look at directly. The version I had was a 1.0 device and it took the right sequence of actions to get it to work. That was the "trial and error and pain in the a$$" part I mentioned.
  5. jetpuck73

    jetpuck73 LI Guru Member

    I will give it another try, Thanks for all of your help.
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