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WRT54G v2 and WRT54GC in a home network - how:?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jkkw, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. jkkw

    jkkw Network Guru Member

    I have been using my trusty WRT54G v2 for a long while now, but the wireless reception downstairs at home is not super strong. Recently, i managed to find a 54GC for a very good price, and bought it, hoping that i could use it as a wireless access point downstairs, but i've been having problems configuring it.

    Here is how i have them hooked up..

    <cable modem>
    |
    <WRT54G v2> -- > computers
    |
    <WRT54GC> --> computers

    On the 54G, the IP address is 192.168.1.1 (stock factory IP), and the DHCP on the 54G serves out 192.168.1.x addresses. The computers hooked up to the 54G works great

    On the 54GC, i set the IP address to 192.168.1.2, i have turned off DHCP, set advanced routing to "router", but computers connected to the 54GC can't get an IP.

    Note that i've been testing this on wired (ethernet) connections to remove any uncertanties with wireless. I expect to setup the wired piece of this before i go and deal with wireless roaming between these access points.

    Any ideas how i can get this to work? Oh, and yes, i could have bought a WAP54, but the price on the 54GC was really good. I just never expected it to be so difficult to set up. Thanks!
     
  2. virgil

    virgil Network Guru Member

    Just to clarify, is this how it is connected?

    <cable modem>
    |
    [WAN]
    <WRT54G v2>
    [LAN]
    | \
    | computers upstairs
    | - - - - - - - - - -
    | computers downstairs
    | /
    [LAN]
    <WRT54GC>
     
  3. dirtyclyde

    dirtyclyde Network Guru Member

    You can try DD-WRT V23 mini (3-12-05) on the WRT54G, set the WRT54G to WDS mode to connect to the WRT54GC, I have two XBOXs on a 6mb dsl and 756up on differnt TV's

    DSL --> Switch ->> WRT54GS -(wds)-WRT54GS--(wds)>WRT54GC
    ^
    |- --> WRT54GS -(wds)->WRT54G (this leg is off the switch


    One XBOX sets on the WDS WRT54GS, the other sets on the WRT54G. I was going to use the WRT54GC but does not work that great. The WRT54Gs and WRT54GS all will work 6mb down, but the WRT54GC is best to get 1.5mb sometimes maybe close to 2mb. Tried it with just WRT54GC --> XE102 (power line) it's still slow! I use the WRT54GC just to work with the Laptops in the Den. But can use any WRT in the house. The WRT54GC is mostly just a paper weight.

    One XBOX is on channel 1 and other off channel 6. They all have differnt SSIDs like AP-2, AP-3 etc... running DD-WRT except the WRT54GC, which is stock firmware from Linksys. The address are 192.168.1.2 (AP-2) 192.168.1.3 (AP-3) and so on. I don't use 192.168.1.1 as thats just for upgrading of firmware.

    WRT54GS v2.1 & 1.0, WRT54G v4

    Cheers
     
  4. jkkw

    jkkw Network Guru Member

    yes this is how it's connected.
     
  5. jkkw

    jkkw Network Guru Member

    thanks dirtyclyde, appreciate your help, i'll take a look at DD-WRT, but may not have the guts to do what you have done, i was looking for a solution which was just changing settings with the stock firmware.

    anyone know how to do this with stock firmware?
     
  6. virgil

    virgil Network Guru Member

    Note that by using this connection diagram:

    <cable modem>
    |
    [WAN]
    <WRT54G v2> 192.168.1.1
    [LAN]
    | \
    | computers upstairs 192.168.1.x
    | - - - - - - - - - -
    | computers downstairs 192.168.1.x
    | /
    [LAN]
    <WRT54GC> 192.168.1.2

    there are no RF connections - even between the two routers, and the WRT54GC is acting like a switch only (no connection to the WAN port) so any LAN device requesting DHCP would be able to get a response from the WRT54G v2. There is actually no need to set the WRT54GC to router mode.

    This setup is different from this:

    <cable modem>
    |
    [WAN]
    <WRT54G v2> 192.168.1.1
    [LAN]
    | \
    | computers upstairs 192.168.1.x
    | - - - - - - - - - -
    |
    [WAN]
    <WRT54GC> 192.168.2.1
    [LAN]
    |
    computers downstairs 192.168.2.x

    which needs the WRT54GC to serve DHCP for the floor, as well as route to the main broadband router network.
     

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