Connecting two WRT54G routers together

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by dvds_ect, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. dvds_ect

    dvds_ect Guest

    Ok I am hoping someone with more knowledge than me can answer this question.... I have one WRT54G downstairs connected to the DSL, it is connected to four computers wirelessly and two wired....Now upstairs I have three of the wireless computers and one more computer not connected to anything and my xbox.....Because I am cheap bastard rather than buying a wireless card for that last computer and my xbox I decided to grab another WRT54G with the intention of just wirelessly connecting it to the WRT54G that is downstairs and then connecting that last computer and the xbox by way of wires to the WRT54G upstairs and getting on the internet that way...... Sounds like a good idea huh? Well it is but I have no idea how to set it up... I tried just turning DHCP off on the upstairs WRT but that did not work and I am a bit lost as to if I can even get it to do what I want it to.....I am hoping someone knows how to do this, or has done it and can help me.....Thanks for any input -Will
  2. mingkee

    mingkee Network Guru Member

    if you don't prefer 3rd firmware
    get WAP54G instead
    it's AP client mode lets you to connect wirelessly between XBOX and WRT
  3. brucebeh

    brucebeh Network Guru Member

    wow, did you just say a router is cheaper than a pci desktop card?

    where do you live?

    it would be great to get another wrt54g then spend more money on a speedbooster pci card!
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    You can only connect two stock WRT54G routers by using a LAN cable. WRT54G does not support WDS without custom firmware.
  5. BernieC

    BernieC Network Guru Member

    well, that answers a question I've been fighting with for a day or two now...:).

    My problem is that I have two buildings that I really *cannot* run a LAN cable between... I'd hoped to be able to make some sort of wireless bridge between them, and so it ain't great news that I won't be able to use the two 54G's I have to do that.

    What is the alternative? Do I have to get *two* more boxes of some type an LAN them to the 54Gs [and so use the 54Gs as WAPs in each building [and the gateway out] and "something else" to actually be the bridge?

  6. Goknicks

    Goknicks Network Guru Member

    I previously used Hyperwrt Thybor for WDS for both my routes, it didn't work.
    Using dd-wrt, it works great...

    I just configured my 2 routers (wrt54gs v2.1 - host and wrt54g v4 as birdge/repeater). You have to use dd-wrt v23. I use dd-wrt v23 beta 2 mini for the wrt54g v4 and dd-wrt v23 standard for my wrt54gs v3. It works great.

    To configure you can follow the setup configuration at:

    Since I just got it working, I haven't tried using WPA, yet. However, using WEP it works great....

    Read dd-wrt installation guide (the wiki) at

    To download

    Good luck
  7. MattLL

    MattLL Network Guru Member

    I have been messing around with a 54G and GS for a couple of weeks and had given up on doing this..........But with that link and the the new info I am gonna give it one more shot.

  8. scotkb

    scotkb Network Guru Member

    Works great with Thibor11
  9. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    I believe recent v23beta2 versions of DD-WRT support a mode that may be worth experimenting with:


    Traditional AP-client mode lets your unit act like a big fat purple WiFi client device, but only supports a single ethernet-attached host. MAC address issues.

    The voodoo of AP-client-bridged is supposed to let your WRT service multiple ethernet-attached hosts. It's not as simple as it sounds in network coding, so don't expect it to be without bugs for a while.
  10. CROSSeyed

    CROSSeyed Network Guru Member

    This is a really nice feature, I can't wait to try it.
  11. Sumi

    Sumi Network Guru Member

    so how can i connect my GS dd-wrt in client mode, to a G V5 default AP mode?
  12. scotkb

    scotkb Network Guru Member

    I would load up Thibor11 on the GS and select one of the 2 modes;

    Client Mode (STA): The router acts as a client, allowing wired computers to connect wirelessly to another access point.

    Wireless Ethernet Bridge (WET): Similar to client mode, it allows wired computers to connect wirelessly. This mode however allows computers to be on the same subnet as the access point.
  13. Sumi

    Sumi Network Guru Member

    ok, what should i set in thibor firmware, to make the client mode work?
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