Connect WRT54GS as AP

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by tshad, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. tshad

    tshad LI Guru Member

    I have a WRT54GS that I want to set up as just an access point and not a router.

    I already have a SonicWall Firewall doing all my Networking and access to the internet.

    I have a network of 192.168.122.X where is my SonicWall and the gateway for all my local computers at home.

    I just want to set up my Laptop to be able to access the network and the internet via the WG.

    I can't seem to set it up so that it will give my Laptop the Gateway. I have the WG set up as and this is the gateway it gives to my Laptop.

    I tried futzing with the Advanced wireless settings and setting it up as a Router and not a Gateway but I am not sure if that will solve my problems. I can't seem to get it to work and can't ping outside.

    Is there an easy way to make this work?

    I don't want to use RIP as I am not really routing here. The network is the same for all devices including the WG.


  2. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    Some thoughts and some questions. Tell us if it helps:

    what firmware are you using on the GS?
    Did you change the mode it operates in?
    Did you try to give the Sonic wall as the gateway for the GS. In this way, giving himself as the gateway to its clients is correct, it will just pass the traffic along to the gateway.
    How did you connect the GS to your network? I dont think you can use the WAN port, as it cannot have the same subnet on both WAN and LAN (if I remember correctly). If they are all on the same network, plug it using a LAN port.
  3. tshad

    tshad LI Guru Member

    I'm using firmware v4.71.1.

    I tried the Router mode but that didn't work. But I don't really want to use the router function at all.

    As you said I am using only the switch ports and have nothing in the Wan port.

    I tried pinging from the GS and it worked fine if I was pinging the machines on my network. But I can't seem to ping anything outside (such as google or yahoo), which I can from any of my other machines.

    All my machine point to which is my SonicWall firewall.

    I have only one cable going from my GS switch ports to my other switch that all my machines are connected to. I know that they connected correctly as I can ping the GS from my other machines and I can ping my other machines from the GS.

    I also changed the Router type to Gateway, not that that should do anything if I am not using the Wan port.

    I found that I can ping all my machines from my laptop and vice versa. I just can't get to the internet (which would make sense since I can't ping the outside from the GS either).

    I did find that I could make it work by statically setting my Laptops properties and setting the Gateway to the SonicWall ( and not to the Gateway (

    But this means I can't use DHCP on my GS since it doesn't seem to have a setting that will let me specify Gateway. It does all the other settings fine, including the DNS entries.


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