Can't get access point to connect to a WRT54g using Tomato

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by discospider, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. discospider

    discospider Networkin' Nut Member

    I have a WRT54g with Tomato firmware. I am trying to set up a WAP54g to extend the range but while that access point does show up as a network, nothing can connect to it. I already have the router's MAC address put in the WAP. I think the problem is that I have Tomato on the router and obviously default firmware on the WAP so they can't communicate.

    I can't even switch to previous versions of Tomato. I may have just bricked it.

    Some facts about my setup
    -My modem has default settings: PPPoE connection with a DHCP server enabled.
    -I set the router to use DHCP and put it in "Access Point" mode
    -My desktop is wired directly to the router and it has a static IP outside the DHCP's IP range
    -UPnP is enabled by default in the modem and router

    I don't know if any of that helps, but I'd like to try to get this working rather than buy all new equipment.

    I also have a question: There are three different MAC addresses. The WAN, LAN/router, and the Wireless. I put the Wireless MAC address in the access point. Is that correct?
  2. elzix

    elzix Network Guru Member

    Do you have WDS/repeater on the WAP?
  3. discospider

    discospider Networkin' Nut Member

    I have the WAP set to repeater mode, if that's what you mean. Another thing FYI, the WAP is set to Static IP configuration by default while the router is DHCP. Could this be a problem? I simply followed the instructions here:

    Also, is that the right mode to use in the first place? Range isn't really the problem, I just need to strengthen the signal in a specific area that it's not getting to because of walls.
  4. elzix

    elzix Network Guru Member

    I have 3 WRT54g/s/l connected to each other using WDS (with external antennas). As far as I know for wireless repeater the signal strength must be around 50%. ( I can be mistaken here). Have you tried different channels? with security and without? either b or g?

    Other thing you can change the firmware on the WAP to another if you are still using original one.
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