Connecting a WRT54G v5 to BEFSR41 v2

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by flavoredair, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. flavoredair

    flavoredair Network Guru Member

    I purchased a WRT54G v5 last weekend, and discovered a few days ago that it was somehow slowing the downstream. After spending over ten hours working on the problem this weekend, I've come to the conclusion that the issue can't be fixed.

    Normally, I'd return the crappy router, but I can't due to the fact that I already cut off and sent the UPC away for a rebate, so, I'm stuck with it.

    Instead of letting it sit around like a piece of junk, I'd like to hook it up to my BEFSR41 v2 router (which works great). Could anyone please post a walkthrough of how to do it? I've seen a few hints at how to do it, but I'm a n00b and don't know much about networking. Thanks much.
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Connect the WRT54G to a NIC on the computer you using to set it up amd do connect if to the BEFSR41 v2.

    Start your browser and enter the local address of the WRT54GV5, the default address is You should be prompted for the password, the default password is "admin" without the quotes. If this address does not conflict with the local address of the BEFSR41 v2 leave it alone, otherwise change it to an address that on the same subnet as your BEFSR41 v2, but outside the range of the DHCP server on the BEFSR41 v2. For example if the BEFSR41 v2 has a default address of, and issues IP Address in the range of and up, change the address of the WRT54GV5 to Use the subnet mask of Make certain the local address of the WRT54GV5 does not conflict with the address of the Cable Modem. Save your setting and you will lose the connection.

    Type in the new local address of the WRT54GV5 change the WAN to a DHCP client, and disable the DHVP server on the WRT54GV5. Go to the advanced routing screen and change the setting for the WRT54GV5 to router and not gatey and save your setting. Setup the Wireless setting, changing the default SS-ID from Linksys and set the channel and save your settings. Enable some type of encryption, at least WEP 128 bit and you should use WPA or WPA2 . If you are using WPA or WPA2, enable SS-ID broadcast and install the WPA2 hotfix from Microsoft.

    You shoud change the password for the WRT54GV5 to something other than '"admin" and save your setting.

    After setting up your WET54GV5, power it down and connect it from one of the LAN ports on the BEFSR41 v2 to one of the LAN ports on the WRT54GV5 and power it up.

    If you configured the wireless on your router and wireless NIC correctly you should be able to connect to WRT54GV5.
  3. PC-freak

    PC-freak Guest

    Same problem here.. I did connect the 2 routers, but I can only connect from the wireless router to the IP's of the wired one. Even computernames do not work.

    How to: make contact to pc's connected on the wireless one?
    How to: be able to use computernames for the pc's on the wired router instead of IP's?
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