Can I use a second WRT54GL for internet access?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by lisa_grecco, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. lisa_grecco

    lisa_grecco LI Guru Member


    This is my first post & I am not that knowledgeable with wireless networks. I wonder if someone can help….

    I just received my second WRT54GL and I am confused.

    I have one of the WRT54GLs plugged into the internet & 1 computer.
    I have another computer (in another room) that uses Wireless-G USB Network Adapter (WUSB54G). – All works fine.

    Here’s the question: Can I use my second WRT54GL on a third computer (in a different room) to give it access to the internet?

    Thanks for any help.

    - lisa
  2. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    why would you want to use a second router to give access to another computer? Is it because there isn't enough wireless range to get a signal over there or what? What do you intend to use that second router for?
  3. lisa_grecco

    lisa_grecco LI Guru Member

    I received the extra router as a gift. I just want to know if I can use it on another computer to give it wireless access to the internet (just like my Wireless-G USB Network Adapter.)
  4. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Yes you can use wds however throughput will probably be better with the usb adapter rather then the other machine connected to the router running wds between them.
  5. lisa_grecco

    lisa_grecco LI Guru Member

    Linksys product that I can plug into NIC card for wireless access

    Thank you “Ifican†for the advice.

    Instead of using a Wireless-G USB Network Adapter….. Is there any Linksys product that I can plug into this computer’s NIC card to give it wireless access to my network? (Would an access point/WAP54G work ??)

    Thank you.

    - lisa
  6. RTSAnime

    RTSAnime Network Guru Member

    You can use third party firmware on your second WRT54GL to turn it into a wireless bridge and do exactly what you want. I would suggest using DD-WRT because they have good guides for you to follow on their website.
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