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wrt54g 1.1 as Wireless Access Point only...not sure

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by shabbadoo, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. shabbadoo

    shabbadoo Network Guru Member

    I have a WRT54G 1.1 with latest Linksys firmware set to defaults.
    I am trying to use this as an access point only. I disabled DHCP
    and gave this unit an IP address that corresponds with my internal LAN. This is fine. I plug it into my network using one of its LAN ports but get nothing. I can not communicate with the router, internet or my network wired or wirelessly.
    However, if i plug the cable into the Internet/WAN port, I can communicate fine wirelessly to internet and rest of network. But if I hardwire my computer to one of the LAN ports it will not communicate with internet or LAN. Very confused. I thought that it only had to be wired to the LAN via LAN port. Seems that Internet port and LAN ports are not communicating with each other.

    Any suggestions?
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Did you power the unit up and down? In addition you should have gone to the Advanced Routing page and set the WRT54G as a router and not a gateway, since another router is connected to the Internet and acting as a gateway.
  3. shabbadoo

    shabbadoo Network Guru Member

    Ok I changed it from Gateway to Router mode. I removed cable from Internet port and put it into LAN port. I can connect to the GUI on the router but cant ping or hit anything past it. My wireless or wired (to the linksys) client will not obtain a DHCP address from DHCP server. I have to manually give the card an IP. However, this will still only give me access to the routers GUI and not past it. It is very strange. Is this normal for these units and is there a more in depth configuration in order to make a WAP. I am used to just plugging the router into the lan via one of the LAN ports and having access.

    Thanks in advance
  4. shabbadoo

    shabbadoo Network Guru Member

    Ok. I have realized that this unit does not even work when plugged directly into the cable modem itself with factory default settings. The gui and everything looks fine though. I have reflashed a few times and still the same thing. The only thing that it will do is act as an Access Point when my LAN is plugged into the Internet port. And that's it.

    Any suggestions?
    I have done software reset, reset button for 30 seconds (with and without removing the power), reflashing with a few different flashes.

  5. netplay

    netplay Network Guru Member

    My WRT54G is v3 with current Linksys firmware v4.20.6. My posting of 8/2/2005 on EE shows how I got it to work as a wireless access point with 3 LAN ports. The WAN port is left vacant. Take a look at: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_21073384.html This may or may not work with your WRT54G v1.1. Please let us know your result if you test this on your router.
  6. Villain

    Villain Network Guru Member

    If you're not getting any traffic on the WAN port, you might want to assign it a static IP, give your PC an IP address on that same subnet, and see if you can ping it.

    Make sure you're using the right cables (not sure if it would be a patch or a xover off the top of my head, and not home to test mine). If you can't ping it, you might have a dead port on the WAN side, which would be the cause of your problems.

    However, if you're looking for it to be an AP, just turn off the DHCP Server, plug the LAN side into your network and configure accordingly. It shouldn't matter what mode it is in, as you won't be going through it, you'll just be using it to bounce signal off of.

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