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WAP54G and WRT54G v5 connection stuggles...

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by bwab, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. bwab

    bwab LI Guru Member

    Ok guys...
    I have been struggling for a week to configure this crap and no go...

    I changed two different WRT54G v5 routers and one WAP54G AP and Asus WL-300g AP...
    Ditched the ASUS...
    No setting worked...I cannot establish communication between either WRT54Gs and WAP54G for NOTHING! Didn't work with Asus AP either...

    For the sake of getting help easier I will go with default IPs...all encryption and mac filtering turned off..
    WRT54G firmware v1.02.0 and WAP54G firmware v3.05...

    My WRT54G ip is 192.168.1.1..SSID is CEC, wireless channel 5....
    My WRT54Gs Wireless MAC is 00:16:B6:13:90:EF...

    The WAP54G ip is 192.168.1.245..SSID is CEC, wireless channel 5....gateway 192.168.1.1....
    I put the MAC listed above in the "Wireless Repeater" field on WAP54G...

    I have WRT54G connected to my ADSL modem and ethernet cable to my pc in my office...
    I want WAP54G in my living room to provide ethernet connection to my satellite box...

    So I need WRT54G and WAP54G to communicate wirelessly...
    When I power on WAP54G the router WLAN light doesn't blink at all as if it doesn't detect any wireless connection...

    What am I doing wrong guys???
    I am about to seriously start crying...
    I even tried that Linksys SES bullS**t out of desperation and that doesn't work at all...one touch setup my a**!!!!

    PLEASE help!


    The network schematic that I want would look like this:

    PC -> WRT54G <WIRELESS SIGNAL> WAP54G -> PC
    ________|_______
    ADSL MODEM

    Thanks in advance!!!

    p.s.
    I don't think I need two Access Points to achieve what I am trying to do right???
     
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    2 things come to mind and neither I have much experience with. It sounds like you are trying to do WDS but you dont mention it. Also you would have to set up if not WDS the WAP as a wireless client and i didnt notice mention of that either. Try going down that route and we can work from there.
     
  3. bwab

    bwab LI Guru Member

    Yes excatly, I am trying to setup up WDS...

    1. What I am doing wrong???
    2. How do I set up AP as a wireless client??? (I assume that's not AP client in AP mode screen?)
     
  4. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Neither the WRT54G nor the WAP54g support WDS mode. The repeater mode of the stock WAP54G that you are using is the correct method of connectivity, and should provide the service you are looking for. When you do a site survey on the WAP54G, do you see the signal from your WRT ? Copy and paste the MAC address of the WRT to be repeated if possible, or otherwise verify that there is no mistake in your MAC address entry. I have not programmed a WAP in a couple of years, but I think it has an automatic "Join" feature to program and repeat the WRT signal from the site survey.

    Edit - How are you verifying that you have no connectivity ? Perhaps the radios are indeed linked, and your connectivity testing method has some snafooz ?
     
  5. bwab

    bwab LI Guru Member

    Geektek, I did the copy and paste...
    I was verifying connectivity by trying to ping the router from AP and vice versa...

    Ok I made a small breakthrough...
    I enabled WEP on both and put WAP54G in "AP Client" mode through Site Survey, and guess what IT WORKS!!! :)
    I don't know why would enabling WEP help anything...but it did...
    From the computer that's connected to WAP54G (after I put 192.168.1.1 as a gateway) I can connect to the internet!!!

    So in "AP Client" mode it works fine now..."Wireless Repeater" mode however doesn't work at all...
    I am so excited!!! :D
     
  6. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Cool. I forgot about AP Client mode. Repeater mode will be trying to provide wireless service to wireless clients. If you do not want the AP to repeat the wireless signal for subsequent wireless connectivity, then the Client Mode is even better for a "Bridge" setup. Glad you got it working.

    Edit - If you do want to use repeater mode for a larger wireless foot print, repeat mode will still provide service at the AP wired port.
     
  7. bwab

    bwab LI Guru Member

    Geektek I would want the AP to provide wireless service to wireless clients but I could never get it to work...

    As soon as I switch it to Wireless Repeater with the same MAC that I've used for AP Client nothing works anymore...
     
  8. limesoft

    limesoft Network Guru Member

    hey dude, i have been configured thousand of linksys WRT54G and WAP54G and to make it work as a repeater, this might help you ....

    1. factory default both units.
    2. configure one by one ... firstly the WRT54G ...
    3. Example case, SSID = ABC1 , wireless channel 6, WEP 64bit key 1 : aabbccddee
    4. Go to "status" page on WRT54G and look for wireless tab, copy down the wireless MAC address, please do no copy wrong one, coz the local lan MaC address is diffrent!

    Now leave your WRT54G a site and turn off the power.

    5. turn on ur wap54g and log in to the web-base setting ...
    6. goese to wireless tap, and configure the setting that needed such as ...
    wireless channel must be 6 as well, and your wep key also must be the same as your router which is 64bit key 1: aabbccddee, now for the SSID i highly recomanded not to be same as the WRT54G, you can change it to example ABC2

    7. lastly go back to AP mode and select wireless repeater, key in the WIRELSS MAC Address that you copy from the router early on. PLease take not, do not copy wrong Mac add!! there is diffrent from Lan mac address.

    8. when all the satting is done and saved, turn off the wap54g as well. and make sure no cable that is connected from WRT54G to wap54g

    9. turn on WRT54G 1st then wap54g. when 1st time you turn on, it take times to handsake between two units, so be pations, and kept monitoring your ping ( you can open two ping windows while waitting the ap n the route to up). It should be up around 1 to 2 min at the 1st time.

    10. if you can ping both of them, then you are successfully repeate the router!! enjoy, hope that will work for you.
     
  9. bwab

    bwab LI Guru Member

    Limesoft...thanks very much for your help...

    For right now I am satisfied with it just being AP Client and I am so afriad to change something that it would stop working...

    I saved this thread into pdf file so I have it on my comp in case I wanna mess with it again to make it a repeater...

    Thanks to everybody for their help!!!
     
  10. PPP

    PPP Guest

    Limesoft, thanks alot for the detailed instruction. It helped me perfectly to set up a connection between WRT54GL v.1.1 and WAP54G v.1 WAP54G is set up as a wireless repeater.
     
  11. ledo

    ledo Guest

    Hi limesoft,
    I'm trying to connect a WAP54G V3.1 (firmware 3.04) and a WRT54G V8.1 (firmware 8.01.09) in the repeater mode of WAP54G. But nothing is working, I can't connect a wireless notebook to the WAP. I did what you suggest, but dont work. I use WEP and set different SSID (I also tried same SSID, but not works either). Please can you help me? What a could be doing wrong? It is the firmware version (wtch ono)?
    TIA (excuse my poor english)
     

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