Any adapter to make RV082 wireless?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by rcptx, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. rcptx

    rcptx LI Guru Member

    I have an RV082, a wired router. I recently moved and now have some long ethernet cables strung from room to room.

    Is there a device I can attach to my rv082 to act as a wireless access point? One which would still allow the RV082 to act as the router/dhcp-server? I picture this as something that would plug into one of the wired ports on the RV082.

    I have tried a pair of Buffalo AirStation Ethernet Converters and this sort-of works. These don't have up-link ports so I simply connected one Buffalos to a port on the RV082 and connected my Tivo to the other Buffalo. Doing this, I am able to bring up the second Buffalo's web page via a wireless connection through the first Buffalo. The RV082 assigned an IP address to the Tivo. (I know because it changed from what it used to be.) I can bring up the Tivo's web page via wireless. So far so good! My problem is that the Tivo cannot connect to its service on the internet. It's as if the Tivo just can't get *through* the RV082. (If I simply connect the Tivo directly to the RV082 everything works.)

    I also tried a a more complex configuration with a switch that is supposed to recognize whether or not to convert any connection to a crossover or not, putting this between the first Buffalo and the RV082. This didn't help.

    As an experiment, I tried replacing the RV082-Buffalo combination with a Netgear wireless router (borrowed) but it seems that the Buffalo just can't establish a wireless connection with the Netgear. The Buffalo's documentation said they only promise that it can connect to other Buffalo devices. In any case, I like my RV082!

    So, any advice?

  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Adding a WAP54G should suffice.

    I have no trouble connecting Buffalo wireless routers or adapters to other equipment whatsoever. Are you reading the documentation correctly?
  3. rcptx

    rcptx LI Guru Member

    Are you suggesting the following:

    RV082 <---> WAP54G <~~~> Buffalo <---> Tivo

    Where <---> means wired and <~~~> means wireless?

    If so some questions:

    1) Will the combo of RV082-WAP54G allow VPN passthrough?
    2) If I want to forget about some RV082 featrures couldn't I just replace the RV082 with the WAP54G?
    3) Isn't this a bit of overkill? I was looking for a solution where I didn't add a whole new router.

    re connecting Buffalo to other wireless devices: Seems to connect OK(?) to Linksys via wired but not to Netgear via wireless.
  4. giffordj

    giffordj LI Guru Member

    I have a WAP54G connected to my RV016, with no issues at all.

    My setup is

    DSL MODEM -> OVG200 -> RV016 -> SR224 -> Computers
    -> WAP54G
    -> SPA2102

    I'm able to access the vpn and access vpn's with no issue at all.
  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    I was suggesting if you wanted to add a wireless network to complement your wired network, then an Access Point is sufficient.

    Without knowing what Buffalo equipment you have and how you want to set it up, a Buffalo access point should have no issue in meeting the goal of adding wireless access to your network. All manufacturers shirk from mentioning WDS compatibility with other makes - after all, they want you to buy all your equipment from them and not from others.
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    I'm using a WRTSL54GS with my RV042 works very well together
  7. aver5

    aver5 LI Guru Member

    an expensive but stable solution is to buy two WET54G it can link two part of wired segment in one ( same network at the two ends )
  8. rcptx

    rcptx LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the advice. Does seem expensive. Can you tell me the difference between using two of the WET54G devices and a WAP54G plus one of the Buffalo ethernet converter devices mentioned in my first post?

  9. rcptx

    rcptx LI Guru Member

    My Solution

    I ended up getting two WAP54G's. These can be configured to work as bridges and thereby solved my immediate problem. Because they can also be configured as access points, repeaters, or clients there is a lot of flexability that I can use when I get to my more permanent digs and need to set up wireless networking there.

    I learned a lot about this stuff researching this and experimenting with different devices.

    Thanks for all the hints and advice.

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