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WRT54G in a client mode (as wireless-G network adapter) how?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by rybshik, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. rybshik

    rybshik LI Guru Member

    I would like to set up a wi-fi connection and use my WRT54G with dd-wrt firmware as a wireless client (i.e. wi-fi wireless-G network adapter) so it can connect to another wireless router.

    Is there any driver/program/software for WinXP, which will recognize/control my WRT54G in a client mode, so it can scan for available wireless networks?
     
  2. Deimdos

    Deimdos Network Guru Member

    this programs only work with wifi cards, not with wifi router/ap ;-)
     
  3. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

    What's the problem ?
    With DD-WRT in "client bridge" mode you can connect to each wireless signal you can see from "site survey" menu...
     
  4. rybshik

    rybshik LI Guru Member

    I do "site survey", see (mine, unsecured) wireless router and click "Join". Then I see a mesage "Succsessfuly joined the following network as a client: bla-bla". But there is no actual interenet connection to my PC. What else should I configure?
     
  5. Quijy

    Quijy LI Guru Member

    DD-WRT will connect to any other wireless network in any mode, not just client mode. I just connectd to my test net with mine in AP mode. no problem, was able to surf the test machines. DD-WRT will do a lot of cool things. Once you get the config that works for you, do a back of the config. Then poke around you may find it does more than you thought the WRT could do.
     
  6. rybshik

    rybshik LI Guru Member

    Well, in my case, there is a wireless connection as such, but there is no TCP/IP/LAN connection. I am using DD-WRT micro generic v23 SP2.

    Quijy, is your PC connected to DD-WRT via one of the four LAN ports? Does your PC have static or dynamically assigned IP?
     
  7. rybshik

    rybshik LI Guru Member

    UPDATE:
    I would like to report an odd thing.

    In short, a DD-WRT in client bridge mode can NOT connect to a DD-WRT in router mode. At the same time, a DD-WRT in client bridge mode CAN connect to a Linksys router with a stock firmware. Moreover, generic wireless adapters CAN connect to a DD-WRT in router mode.

    In al units, “Security Mode” is disabled.

    My setup is as follows. I have three WRT54G ver5/ver6 units. Two of them have DD-WRT micro generic v23 SP2 firmware and the third one has original stock Linksys firmware.

    My PC is connected to the client bridge unit via LAN port 1 and has dynamically assigned IP.

    First, I was trying to connect one WRT54 running DD-WRT (lets call it “A”) as client bridge to another WRT54 running DD-WRT (lets call it “B”) as a router. When I did "Site survey", I saw the router and clicked "Join". Then I got a message "Successfully joined the following network as a client: bla-bla". But there was NO actual net connection to my PC, no matter what I did.

    I setup my client bridge following http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Bridge


    Second, I was trying to connect the very same unit “A” with very same settings to a WRT54 running original stock Linksys firmware (lets call it “C”). It worked seamlessly! No problems at all!

    On the other hand, I was able to connect generic wireless adapters (such as a built-in one in my Toshiba laptop as well as Linksys wireless USB adapter) to router “B” (running DD-WRT). It worked seamlessly! No problems at all!

    Any comments as to why a DD-WRT in client bridge mode can NOT connect to a DD-WRT in router mode?
     
  8. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

    I don't understand, my WRT 54G / DD-WRT in "client bridge" mode is able to connect all the wireless signal around me (even my neighbours :biggrin:) !

    Check the wireless parameters of your "B" WRT !
     
  9. rybshik

    rybshik LI Guru Member

    Most of the are "Default"
     

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