Simple Client Mode for a Wrt54g

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by windsurfer, May 18, 2005.

  1. windsurfer

    windsurfer Network Guru Member

    There is a Very Good how to for a simple client mode setup that some of you might be interested in. It allows a single WRT54g to act as a true client rather than needing a second one to make it work.

    I have been working on this in my spare time for a month or so now and tonight I got it working. My problems stems from the wireless router that I purchased to run VPN to my company. It is a BEFW11S4. This wireless router has a very checkerd past which can be seen by doing a Google on it.

    Tonight I shut off the wireless on the BEFW11S4 and hooked up an old WAP11. The Wrt54g connected just fine and I am posting this using that setup.

    If anyone has been able to get a Wrt54g to connect to a BEFW11S4 in client mode, I would like to hear from you.
  2. nels0360

    nels0360 Network Guru Member

    The only problem is that that how-to puts the clients on a different subnet. I think the new Talisman from Sveasoft supports true client mode where the client is on the same subnet as the router.
  3. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    This isn't such a big problem. For most tasks it doesn't matter, if all computers in the (W)LAN are in the same subnet or in different subnets.
    You just have to setup routing correctly at the AP, the client-mode WRT54G is connecting to.
  4. nels0360

    nels0360 Network Guru Member

    I think it matters for UPnP devices & automated file sharing services.
  5. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    I don't know, what exactly you mean with "automated file sharing services". But file sharing software like eMule or Bittorrent is working without problems over different subnets with routed client mode. Sharing windows ressources is working, too.

    You just have to ensure, that
    - routes are properly setup on the AP
    - firewall is disabled on the client mode WRT54G
    - correct port forwardings are setup on both, the AP and the client mode WRT54G

    I don't know about UPnP, as I'm not using this feature.
  6. nels0360

    nels0360 Network Guru Member

    I mean network browser for example in Windows XP. I don't think that it works across different subnets.
  7. windsurfer

    windsurfer Network Guru Member

    Last night I checked on the firmware version of my BEFW11S4 and it was not the latest version. The file that lists things fixed in the new version, showed a wireless compatibilty problem fixed, so I had high hopes. I downloaded it and updated my firmware. The existing network seems to still work correctly but it did not help my client mode problem.

    I setup the wrt54g to connect as a client and I did see it partially connect. It picked up the correct DNS server but by the time I got ping running it would no longer connect.

    At this point I do not believe the Wrt54g and the BEFW11S4 are compatible for wireless connections. They will associate but not communicate.

    In the long run I do not plan to use this wrt54g connected to this system. It will be used as one end of a long distance link for a home that is located where there is no cable or DSL access and never will be any. Here is a link to the antenna which will be connected to one end:

    The other end of the link will be another antenna and a second wrt54g. The distance will be around a mile so we could use a much smaller antenna.

    The irony of this situation is that there is fiber running across the end of the property. I checked, and the telephone company would only connect me if I was willing to pay for a DS3 connection. A couple of Wrt54g routers and antenna seemed like a lot cheaper way to go.
  8. nklak

    nklak Network Guru Member

    Use Satori firmware, it can connect WRT54 as client on same subnet as router and without any aditional routing, just choose client mode, enter ssid and ip of associating router. Works perfectly. One more thing. On this setup You can connect only one LAN port. If You need to connect more PCs You must add a switch directly to WRT.
  9. windsurfer

    windsurfer Network Guru Member

    Satori firmware may be an option for some but it only works on a WRT54G up to version 2. Mine is a version 3 and Satori will make it into a brick.
  10. malfeasance

    malfeasance Network Guru Member

    Alchemy 1.0 works on all of it, yes? I have it working on a G v2.2 in client mode now. DD-WRT will do it, too. I have it on a GS v.2.

    What if you give the clients on the "Client" side of the WRT in "Client" mode static IP's and put them in a host file on your PC? Shouldn't that work?
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