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What to prefer when sharing DSL in two networks?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DevilStick, May 22, 2005.

  1. DevilStick

    DevilStick Network Guru Member

    Hi!

    I often read here, that you use 2 WRT54G to connect 2 networks and share DSL.
    What is the advantage instead of using one WRT54G and a WAP54G?

    For what reason did you decide to use a 2nd router as replacement for an AP?

    -cu
    DevilStick
     
  2. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    the wrt54gs are cheaper and they do more (5 port switch, additional routing capabilities, built in network serivces, etc) plus theres far more support for the wrts.
     
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You can use third party firmware to setup WDS to connect two networks using two WRT54G routers or you can use client mode. WDS is easier to set up, but cuts your bandwidth in half. Client mode is more difficult to set up and depending on thr firmware you are using there may be limitations such has not passing DHCP or DNS, wired clients being on a different subnet, limitations on number of wired clients on the client WRT54G. The WAP54G has only one ethernet port, so if you use it in bridge mode you have to add a switch if you want more than one client connected to it. The WAP54G is easier to set up and supports WPA-PSK in both bridge mode and Access point mode.
     
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You can use third party firmware to setup WDS to connect two networks using two WRT54G routers or you can use client mode. WDS is easier to set up, but cuts your bandwidth in half. Client mode is more difficult to set up and depending on thr firmware you are using there may be limitations such has not passing DHCP or DNS, wired clients being on a different subnet, limitations on number of wired clients on the client WRT54G. The WAP54G has only one ethernet port, so if you use it in bridge mode you have to add a switch if you want more than one client connected to it. The WAP54G is easier to set up and supports WPA-PSK in both bridge mode and Access point mode with firmware version 2.08. The WAP54G is easier to set up, but may cost more. The WRT54G can be purchased for less than fifty nine dollars ans the WAP54G can be purchased for about seventy nine dollars. The WRT54G has more capabilities, so you can use it for something else later on.
     
  5. DevilStick

    DevilStick Network Guru Member

    Hmmm, price would be a good help for decision.

    But I just queried Froogle and a WRT54G costs quiet as much as a WAP54G (each about 60€).

    Is there a firmware where I can build a PtP wireless bridge with WPA-PSK or WPA-RADIUS between a WRT54G and a WRT54GS?

    I want:

    - 54 MBit PtP wireless bridge (so I cannot use WDS)
    - use of WPA-PSK (AES) or WPA-Radius
    - no other active wireless clients (no AP mode, simply bridging)
    - dynamic routing (RIP2, OSPF) between the 1st WRT54GS and a cisco pix 501 behind the 2nd WRT54G/WAP54G
    - VPN IPsec dial-in from internet to PIX 501

    DSL-Modem -- WRT54GS --)) WLAN Bridge ((-- WRT54G/WAP54G -- Cisco Pix 501

    -cu
    DevilStick
     
  6. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    well if your conencted via client mode it should get the full 54 mbit (well as much as you can actualy get of it anyway)
    I imagine you could use WPA but I have never tried...
    you should be able to do whatever you want with RIP and routing protocols you can build your own config file if need be..
    and the ipsec shouldn't be an issue either afaik
     

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