connecting 2 wrt54g V5 routers

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by geogeer, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. geogeer

    geogeer Network Guru Member

    I know the V5 ones suck, but this is what I have to work with.
    I have one set up as the main router (router1) which is connected to my cable modem and does all the DHCP stuff.

    I was given another V5 wrt54g (router2) and I want to use it to increase my wireless range over the house. Router 1 is in the basement and router 2 is upstairs. They can be connected with cat5.

    How do I go about setting up router 2 to act as a switch and wireless access point only?
    I've been looking through some posts here and most say to just give router2 a static IP in the same subnet as router 1, set to router mode (not gateway), disable DHCP, and you're good to go.
    When I try to give router 2 a static IP, it also has a box for LAN IP, and I don't know what to put there. I get an error about the LAN IP and WAN IP are the same....

    anyone have a step by step guide for me? is it even possible with the V5?

  2. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    there is a couple ways to do this, but if you plug Router A into one of the switch ports on Router B, you dont have to worry about the WAN connection at all and the router will just relay the internet connection through the remaining 3 ports and a wireless signal. You can set the wireless signal to the exact SSID and encryption or use a different name. Just set the LAN ip to the apropriate IP/Subnet and gateway. i think that is the easiest way to get this setup
  3. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    You are getting mixed up with LAN and WAN.

    You want to ignore all the WAN setting. Doesn't matter.

    When they talk about setting a static IP, they mean the LAN address. It's currently, then move it to

    Make sure DHCP server is turned off on 2nd unit. There can be only one per network.
  4. geogeer

    geogeer Network Guru Member

    Doh! Got it working. I left the WAN IP set to DHCP, then assigned the static IP on the LAN one.

  5. geogeer

    geogeer Network Guru Member

    So, just to confirm what I think I know....
    There isn't a way to do this without the hard wire connection between the two routers is there?
  6. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    No, I don't think there isn't as it has no WDS support.
  7. Red3kgt

    Red3kgt Guest

    One more question on this.
    What broadcast channel should be used for each router?
    Should they be the same on each unit or different?

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