Bridging a couple of wrt54g with dd-wrt firmware

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Dmaumau, May 11, 2007.

  1. Dmaumau

    Dmaumau LI Guru Member

    Hello guys,

    This is my first post and I´m a little bit rusty on my networking skills ;), so I would appreciate any help for this.

    I have a wireless net with a wrt54g V2.2 that works great.

    I just bought a Squeezebox to stream lossless audio to my stereo rig.

    The problema is that the signal strenght in the audio room sometimes drops below 30% and a lot of rebufferngs takes place.

    Since I have another wrt54g v2.2 (that had it´s internet port blown on a thunderstorm) sitting around, I decided to create a second network for the audio room.

    It also works great with my laptop and the squeezebox, BUT (there´s always one) I would like to be abe to surf the web from the slave network.

    I´ve been reading a lot about this and I´v tryed to flash the slave wrt54g with Alchemy 1.0, but it just refuses to update and I had to revive it several times.

    Now I´ve updated it with dd-wrt 23 sp2 and it´s working ok.

    My master net is set as

    wpa security

    the slave network is set as

    What I´ve set so far on the slave router :wall: :

    advanced routing behaviour > Rip2 Router
    static routing > pointing to master net

    but I still cannot get and dhcp address from the master network and/or ping it´s gateway.

    As I sayd before, any help would be appreciated.


  2. Dmaumau

    Dmaumau LI Guru Member

    I saw the tutorial using the mac tables, BUT since I use WPA it cannot be that way, right ?

    Enabling WBS on both routers seem to be a sure bet, right ?

    Loosing half the bandwidth isn´t such a great idea, but...

    If I don´t flash the dd-wrt firmware on both routers this won´t work, correct ?

    I don´t know why, but I´m not too happy with the idea of flashing the master router.

    Is this 23-sp2 firmware really stable ?
  3. Slimey

    Slimey Network Guru Member

    you could have one set as an AP ( and the other set as Client Bridge (, gateway and dns and also turning off dhcp on the Client Bridge router and not have to mess with routing or WDS if you dont want to.
  4. Dmaumau

    Dmaumau LI Guru Member

    Right, but If i´m with my laptop at the audio room I would like to receive an ip address from the slave network, what won´t happen if I disable the DHCP.

  5. Dmaumau

    Dmaumau LI Guru Member


    That kinda worked ;)

    The only problem is that I have to wire the squeezebox to the slave router.

    Any way of keeping it´s wireless capabilities ?
  6. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Yes, go back to WDS. Only the wireless clients of the second router will experience the 1/2 bandwidth drop. Clients hard wired to the slaved WDS radio will have full bandwidth. Don't confuse bandwidth with speed. As long as the bandwidth requirements do not exceed the halved bandwidth value, the speed remains the same.
  7. Dmaumau

    Dmaumau LI Guru Member

    I just noticed something strange, with the dd-wrt firmware if I reset or power off the router it looses it´s configuration. It never happened with the lynksys fw.

    IS this supposed to happen ?

    Tks GT, I´m aware of that, but I´m too concerned with the firmware reliability to fash both routers.

    Would you suggest a better one than dd-wrt ?
  8. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Resetting the router is supposed to reset programming to default values. Turning it off and back on is not supposed to change any programming parameters. You may wish to verify that it will hold its programming through a power cycle. If it does not, there is no point in discussing better firmware.
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