Connect WRT54G to unsecure wireless network

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by speanort, May 3, 2006.

  1. speanort

    speanort Network Guru Member

    Alright here is the scenario:

    I am going to be moving into an apartment complex which offers free wireless internet. The problem is I would like to be behind a secure wireless network of my own so I can share files and not let anyone else on the network access those files.

    I was wondering if there was some way with Thibor14 or some other 3rd party firmware to connect my WRT54G router to the apartment's router. From there I would set up my own SSID and encryption. Then I would connect all my devices to my router.

    I figure I could set my router up as client, but then I wouldn't be able to use the wireless on my router, right?

    I need some way to be able to use the following setup:

    Apartment Router => My router => My PC, Laptop(wireless), Xbox

    (I just need to connect to the apartment router to gain internet)

    I would appreciate any suggestions on getting this to work.

    I posted this in the WRTxxx forum, but they just said use the client feature. I would really like to be able to use the wireless through my router. Also, if there was a way to put my devices on a different subnet would be great too.


  2. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    there is NO way with one wireless device to concurrently use client AND AP mode at the same time. it doesn't work like that, you can have one or the other, not both. you could buy another wrt54g and connect them together, or connect a standard AP to the wrt54g
  3. speanort

    speanort Network Guru Member


    Thanks for the quick reply.

    So what you are saying is to set my WRT54G up as a client to connect to the apartment's router. Then just go ahead and connect a standard wireless AP to my router. That makes sense, just wasn't sure if there was an easier way to save money.

    Do you have any suggestions on a wireless AP that would work good for this setup?

  4. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    yes, that's what i'm saying. i've no preferences on which AP you should use, i only have WRT's
  5. speanort

    speanort Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the help Thibor.

    I appreciate all you do for the WRT community!!!

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