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Using WRT54GSv2 x 2 for wireless access to Xbox and TiVo (?)

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by DeQuosaek, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. DeQuosaek

    DeQuosaek Network Guru Member

    I have 2 identical WRT54GS v2.0 routers and I would like to have the first wired to my cable modem and 2 PCs. Then I would like to have the 2nd wired to my XBox and my TiVo (with a USB -> Ethernet adapter) and have those devices connect wirelessly through the 2nd router to the 1st router and my network.

    So, if I have my terms right, I want the 2nd router to be a bridge(?),(repeater?,WDS?). I have seen the term WDS used a lot in reference to this type of application and I think my 2nd router needs to support this and as I understand it I would need to flash my firmware with some 3rd party firmware.

    I would like to avoid changing the firmware from the linksys as much as possible. If there is a way to do this without flashing to anything other than LinkSys' newest firmware, that's the way I'd like to do it. From what I've found it seems I will need to use either Alchemy, DD-WRT, or something similar to accomplish what I'm trying to do.

    I don't need any extra features other than the ability to use the 2nd router to connect up to 4 wired devices wirelessly to the 1st router and the rest of my network.

    I'm sorry if this has been answered before and I've read through many, many posts here, but I figure each setup has slightly different parameters and maybe somebody would have a more simplified or straightforward method of doing this for my situation.

    Thanks! :)

    P.S. I should mention that I tried flashing one of the routers with Satori (which I have since learned is incompatible) and the flash failed and I thought I had bricked it since it wouldn't respond to anything until I found out how to reflash the factory firmware using TFTP. That's why I'm a little leary of flashing. ;)

    Anyone got anything for me? Even if it's just to say, "Well, load one of the third party Firmwares and follow one of the tutorials you can find around here." (I'm hoping for more of a, "Such&SuchFirmware version1.23 has the fewest extra features and changes your router the least while still allowing you to use WDS mode." or, "You can do it with the LinkSys factory firmware by setting x to a and y to b." or something)
  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    OK least possible steps I can think of:

    1. You'll like this... Leave Router 1 alone. (Told you you'd like it.) ;)

    2. Flash a firmware that supports WDS onto router 2. (I recommend the latest version of DD-WRT (v22prefinal5) at this point. Remember to reset the router to defaults before & after the flash.)

    3. Make sure the routers have different LAN IP addresses such as &

    4. Make sure the wireless settings match on both routers. (SSID, Channel, Security etc.)

    5. On router 2 change the first WDS field from Disabled to LAN and enter the wireless MAC address of router 1 in the spaces to the right. Save.

    6. Reboot both routers. You should be up and running.

    I'd recommend you leave all wireless security (WEP/WPA) options disabled at first to to make sure you can get it working. Also I don't believe the default Linksys firmware supports WPA security on a WDS connection which means you're stuck with WEP. (Personally I'd upgrade both routers with DD-WRT so you can enabled WPA over your WDS link but that adds a few steps...)

    Good luck. :)
  3. DeQuosaek

    DeQuosaek Network Guru Member

    Thank you very much! That is exactly what I was looking for and in easy to follow steps without all of the mumbo jumbo and extra steps I've seen in so many of the other walkthroughs.

    I ended up getting it working late last night after many hours of tinkering. I did flash both routers to DD-WRT, even though I now see that the one didn't need it. I think I'll just leave it for now since it's working and won't hurt anything. But I did basically the same steps you outlined here. Plus now I know the difference between the wired MAC address and the wireless MAC address. That had me stumped for a couple hours. ](*,)

    Anyway, thanks again. I now have a happy wireless XBox and TiVo on the network. (with room for a PS2 and a media PC) :)

    In case anybody is wondering, for a Series 2 TiVo you can buy a little usb -> ethernet adapter (I got mine from eBay) for under 20 bucks and just plug a CAT5 cable from it to a wireless router. The XBox, of course, is already ready to go, having an ethernet port.
  4. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Glad to hear you got it working! :)

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