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WRT54G and WRT54GS firmware?? Help w/ network also please.

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by CookeSkyVista, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. CookeSkyVista

    CookeSkyVista Network Guru Member

    In a few other threads Ive gotten some very good answers. I have one more question before I place some orders.

    I want to run a bridge as Ill show in the picture Ill include. For this bridge I am planning on using WRT54G/GS, I havent decided which. Id prefer the GS by what Ive read. BUT can it be upgraded with the DD-WRT firmware like the plain G can?

    Also I will have two. One on each side with directional antennas pointing at each other. One will be my main router for the whole system. The other I just want to have act as a bridge. I will have the main router and bridge on different channels than the APs. How do I have the bridge not act as an AP for wireless users? I only want it to send data from the hardwired APs across to the main router.

    Past the bridge I will have APs hardwired one after another in spots where they are needed. I will have them alternating channels 1 and 11. I am thinking that WRT54GX or Belking Pre-N routers would be good for these. They could do some better penetrating than WRT54G's without having to buy any extra antennas. Do they just get assigned static IP addresses manually and then set somehow (in firmware) to act as AP's instead of routers. This way they will just take data and put it out on the wires or what?

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    The ONLY other thing I was thinking of doing was having the bridge be 802.11A equipment. This way the main wireless transmission point on the network would be interferrence free. I have a neighbor with a 19db omni antenna with a 1 watt amp on channel 6 about 250' away.

  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    I just replied to your last thread here before I noticed this post. There's some overlap so check that out first.

    There's at least two options.
    1. Configure the bridge link to use some form of wireless encryption (ideally WPA) and simply don't tell anybody what the key is.
    2. Enable MAC address filtering & only add the router's MAC addresses to the list.

    To make a router function as an AP, assign it a static IP address on the LAN interface, disable its DHCP server, and then run a cable from one of its LAN ports back to the bridge.

    So that's why you're planning on only using channels 1 & 11!! Are you sure about your neighbor's specs??!? If I'm not mistaken they're WAY over the legal limit for 802.11!! You could always ask them to tone it down a bit or you'll report 'um. ;)

    The 802.11a idea might be interesting to pursue but I have a feeling it might be more expensive. Not only does the equip seem to be a bit more expensive to begin with but originally removable antennas were forbidden for 802.11a and while the FCC did reverse that decision there may not be as many options to choose from. (Although I'll admit I've really never looked into 802.11a antenna options.)

    Good luck!

    PS. the pics you've been posting cann't be viewed by everyone. (Probably not by most people.) I'd suggest you looking into other hosting options such as www.imageshack.us

    I took the liberty of mirroring your image there just so it's viewable in this thread. ;)

  3. CookeSkyVista

    CookeSkyVista Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the info. Id rather just find a way around the interference than talk about reporting anyone. Im friends with the guy and Im not out to hurt his business.

    Thanks for putting the picture up.
  4. danielhaden

    danielhaden Network Guru Member

    You'll not have any interference if you use dish, yagi, cantenna, or yagi antennas. These are what is normally used for backhaul links. Should you have any interference, just use two of the really inexpensive Hawking, Edimax, Planet, etc. . . 500mw boosters--one for each end of the backhaul link.

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