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Trouble creating full-featured bridge w/Tomato

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Primathon, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. Primathon

    Primathon Addicted to LI Member

    This is my first attempt at a network of both this size and complexity, so I made a picture to help keep this stuff straight in my head and hopefully lend some insight to what I'm doing.


    The primary router is on the top left. It's a TRENDnet TEW-633GR, and it just came in the mail today. I've got it hooked into two wired machines and a printer. So far, so good.

    On the other side of the house, I have a PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii; all with active wireless connections. The antennae on each of these, however, is much smaller than the beefy aftermarket add-on I got for my old WRT54G (v4, running Tomato). Right now the signal strength is between 20-60%, depending on the console.

    What I'd like to do is have the WRT54G act as a repeater for both our WAN signal as well as the local LAN (the 360 supports file streaming from one of the wired machines). Optimally, the WRT54G would pick up the primary signal, repeat it on the opposite side of the house (I've got a laptop I use there frequently), and allow me to physically plug in all three consoles. If, for some reason, the LAN ports won't work in that capacity, the router can be moved closer to the consoles to at least give a significant boost in signal strength.

    In looking through the wikibooks entry on the Tomato Firmware, they state the following:

    Am I correct in my interpretation that since I'd like to use this piece of hardware as an access point (i.e. clients can connect to it, even though it's re-broadcasting a different network), I can't use it as a bridge? That seems like the opposite of what it's supposed to be doing. I'm almost sure I've got this part wrong, but out of all the options I've tried (many), none have worked yet.

    So, my question to the forums is as follows: How do I set up tomato in a way that will let me use my internet connection on all three consoles, either wired or wirelessly, as well as allowing file sharing transparently across the entire network?

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Sounds to me like you can just set up WDS as described at http://www.polarcloud.com/tomatofaq#how_do_i_use_wds . Set the 2nd router to just "WDS" not "Access Point + WDS" if you just want wired connections on the 2nd router. You could also try the Tomato wireless ethernet bridge mode. I think this mode might limit you to only wired connections on the WRT54G, as does the "WDS" mode. Might want to read the thread at http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=50472 & have a look at the diagrams. There is also an article that touches on both of these modes at http://www.enterpriseitplanet.com/networking/features/article.php/3733986 .
  3. Primathon

    Primathon Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for the info -- I'll give it a shot and let you know how it turns out.
  4. Primathon

    Primathon Addicted to LI Member

    Well, a few months later, I'm sorry to report that after quite a bit of testing, my router had some serious crazy hardware issues and thus, no WDS network was ever achieved.


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