Connecting a Netgear wireless router into WRT in client mode

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by SkiDragon, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. SkiDragon

    SkiDragon Network Guru Member

    I am trying to connect a Netgear wireless router (MR814v3) into a WRT54Gv4 running DD-WRT v23 in "client" mode. I want the Netgear router to rebroadcast the signal that the WRT54G is picking up. The client mode of the WRT has been running fine, and when I hook up my computer to it, I can access the internet. I tried to plug the WAN port of the Netgear router into a LAN port on the WRT (I just took the cord out of my computer and plugged it into the Netgear router WAN port). I then plugged my computer into a LAN port on the Netgear router. I was eventually able to access the settings on both routers, but I could not access the internet on my computer. I could still access the internet through other computers plugged into the WRT54G. I was also getting a Wifi signal that I could connect to, but I could not access the internet through that, either.

    Could somebody tell me what I am doing wrong? I have everything set up to automatically assign IP addresses, etc.

  2. tat3m

    tat3m Network Guru Member

    I would like to do the same... Just started to look around. But so far it looks like you need two DD-WRT systems. Good Luck. I'll post if I find anything.
  3. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    I think you are a bit confused here..

    First, client mode - or client bridge mode assumes the DD-WRT is simply a client of an existing wireless network - just like a PC wireless card connecting to an existion AP.

    You are saying you want your Netgear to 'connect' to your DD-WRT - it simply does not work like that.

    The Linksys, with DD-WRT can be configured in a few basic ways. It can be a wireless AP, where it transmits the primary wireless signal and allows clients to connect to it.

    It can be configured as a repeater using the WDS protocol. In this mode, it 'connects to an AP using the AP's WDS signal and then it 'repeats' the signal. It can only 'repeat' a signal of an AP capable of WDS. I am not sure the Netgear can do WDS

    Finally, the DD-WRT can be configured as a client or client bridge where it simply connects wirelessly to an exisiting AP. It should be able to connect to any vendors AP.
  4. scotkb

    scotkb Network Guru Member

    Normally, you would not use the WAN port except on the router actually connecting to the internet. I would connect the Netgear to the WRT using LAN ports on both. I have Compaq iPaq AP connected to my WRT using LAN ports on both and it works great. I have wireless clients connecting to the Compaq AP and they can access my home network and the internet fine. All my PCs are on the same subnet and I only have the DHCP server running on the main router that connects to the internet. Good luck.
  5. SkiDragon

    SkiDragon Network Guru Member

    Ok, let me clarify. The DD-WRT is picking up a weak signal that small devices with no real antenna cannot recieve. So no wireless with laptops, PDAs, or my Nintendo DS. I can plug my computer with an ethernet cable to the DD-WRT and get the internet. I want to plug the Netgear router directly into the DD-WRT. Basically, I just want to amplify the wireless signal, but still have the ability to connect to the DD-WRT with ethernet cables. I have no idea what WDS is, and I dont even remember this option being available. Right now I have a cord running from my DD-WRT Lan port to the WAN port on the Netgear router. I dont know why this would not work. Are you saying that I should instead connect to the LAN port on the Netgear? What difference will that make, and what settings would I need?

    Thank you.
  6. scotkb

    scotkb Network Guru Member

    yep, turn the netgear into a router instead of a gateway. you don't need DHCP or any firewall stuff on the netgear, let that happen on the main router/gateway. The netgear needs to know where the gateway is (main internet connection). On my Compaq access point, I have gateway disabled. I am not familiar with the netgear settings in detail.
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