2 Wired WRT54g's

Discussion in 'Sveasoft Firmware' started by JohnnyCat, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. JohnnyCat

    JohnnyCat Network Guru Member

    I know this question has been asked many, many times. I have been reading everything I can find and the more I read the more confused I become. Sometimes its terminology, other times it seems like everyone has a different solution.

    Here is my setup: I have cable modem plugged into router A. One computer is wired into router A. I have another WRT54g router B that I want to have wired into router A, on a seperate floor of my house.

    I have successfully set up WDS, but want to use a wire to eliminate "cutting the speed in half" and it should allow me to spread the routers even further apart.

    I have seen posts that say plug it into the WAN port, some say plug it into the LAN port, there is AP mode, Client mode.....uggg it goes on.

    How come this guy goes into a very detailed post on how to do it and I see another post the guy says simply disable DHCP and plug it into a LAN port?

    I got the one by shah working, I think, but through the wireless computer (getting its signal from router B) couldn't access the computer plugged into router A. I guess because the third octect is different? Anyway, please I need some help. I just want a solution that offers the best performance.

    Also, how can I actually make sure its working correctly? Getting the correct signal and all? Thanks so much.
  2. doppler

    doppler Network Guru Member

    Now this is interesting!
    Allright Jhoneycat there are two options for you,assuming you won't like to buy WET.Using B router as a W/L Router OR as a W/L switch

    W/L Router :Modem<->Internet (Router A) LAN<->Internet (Router B),Change the Local IP of the B router to diff subnet to avoid IP address conflict between LAN and Internet ports on B router,eg. if A router has Local IP- change the local IP of B to,You can confirm if it working or not by checking the Internet IP address on the status page of the B router which would be provided by A router
    However this setup will add extra NAT and Firewall to your network,so if you want to host a server or have VPN connection it may cause problems in port forwarding and you won't be able to see computers behind the B router from the computer which is connected to the A router

    W/L switch:Modem<->Internet (Router A) LAN<->LAN (Router B),Change the local IP of the B router to avoid IP address conflict with local IP of the A router,Disable the DHCP on the B router ,You can confirm if it is working or not by pinging the local IP of the B router from the computer which is connected to the A router
    This way all the computers can see each other
  3. JohnnyCat

    JohnnyCat Network Guru Member

    OK, I think I follow your instructions. Are there any specific, important settings - especially the basic settings in setup, advanced settings in wireless and under the administration tab, that I should be concerned about? I have seen loopback mentioned, 802.1x, frameburst and afterburner, client mode etc.

    It seems as if the two solutions are similar to the two I mentioned in my first post. I tried the different subnet method but I had problems accessing the other computer on the network connnected to router A.

    Is there any advantage / disadvantage to using router B as a switch? Same question except using router B as a router?

    Also, what is a bridge then? Why is it sometimes referred to as a transparent bridge?

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