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Wireless Bridge help for noob

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by brtlatjgt, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. brtlatjgt

    brtlatjgt Addicted to LI Member

    Setup new router on my desktop computer and got it working and communicating properly with everything. Took my old linksys and flashed it with tomato. Now I'm trying to figure out the setting to make it a wireless ethernet bridge.

    Router settings:

    My desktop router ip is
    subnet mask

    dhcp server settings:

    enable dhcp server is checked.
    dhcp ip address range is to
    always broadcast is checked.

    When I go to my flashed router what settings do I need?

    I go to basic: Network:
    What settings do I put in:

    WAN will be disabled.



    Do I leave DHCP checked?
    What Ip address range do I give?
    lease time: ? Do I leave it at 1440?
    wins: ?


    enable wireless: leave it checked

    wireless mode: wireless ethernet bridge
    b/g mode: mixed
    ssid: same as network
    broadcast leave checked
    channel: same as my network
    security: wpa-personal

    If anyone could fill in the blanks I would greatly appreciate it. Believe it or not this is all for a BBQ Pit! I can definitely bbq better than I can network!
  2. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    From: http://www.polarcloud.com/tomatofaq#how_do_i_use_wds
  3. brtlatjgt

    brtlatjgt Addicted to LI Member


    Forgive me but I bought a d-link (dir-825) for my primary router:frown: I don't believe it supports wds. Can I still use these settings? Thanks for the help
  4. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    You can configure the second one as client of the router.
  5. brtlatjgt

    brtlatjgt Addicted to LI Member

    Could someone please explain this. I'm getting confused between subnet's, dhcp pools and well networking:)

    Assuming my primary routers address is with dhcp pool of to

    how would I configure secondary router to conform to statement below:

    "A LANIP within the subnet of the PRIMARY ROUTER but outside the Primary Routers' dynamic dhcp pool"

  6. jatweezer

    jatweezer Addicted to LI Member

    im personally having no luck according to the WDS guide myself, but by default the first routers dhcp pool should be from to, so the second's ip of meets that statement.
  7. brtlatjgt

    brtlatjgt Addicted to LI Member

    I believe I'm following everything correctly. I change the settings on the tomato page, and click save. I can see the flashed router reboot and the countdown finishes. If I click the continue button after the countdown nothing else happens. I get a timeout saying it could not find page. My wireless adapter has been turned off during this whole process. I've tried turning it on before I hit the continue button with same results. Also during this process my router is still hooked up to laptop with ethernet cable. When should I take it out or does it matter.

    I've been trying to follow this tutorial:

    I've also tried disabling and restarting both the ethernet and wireless adapters with same result.

    If the flashed router properly rebooted and I hit ipconfig/all on my laptop what should show up as the ip for my router.
  8. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  9. brtlatjgt

    brtlatjgt Addicted to LI Member

    Ok. Here is what I've determined the problem to be. The security settings. I'm using wpa-personal. If I turn disable the security I am able to view my stoker, the device attached to my bridge, wirelessly from both my desktop and laptop. If I turn the security back on no good. I thought I was able to use wpa-personal on a flashed tomato router. I'm using wireless ethernet bridge, wpa-personal settings, aes encryption. Any thoughts on how to remedy this?

    from different forums i've seen others are having same problem but haven't seen found fix yet
  10. brtlatjgt

    brtlatjgt Addicted to LI Member

    any suggestions--anyone. I really don't want to go and buy a bridge!
  11. glen4cindy

    glen4cindy Addicted to LI Member

    I looked up a STOKER and if I found the right thing, it's for a BBQ or smoker, right? You have an ethernet cable plugged into the stoker from the router. What port are you using on the router? You should not use the WAN port, but, one of the 4 ENET ports. Weather or not wireless security is enabled really should have no effect, unless there is something in WDS that would be affected.

    Not using any security at all is not very secure, but, if you cannot use security, you might try MAC filtering and add the MAC of the "stoker", I assume it does have one.

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