Convert WRT54G into Wireless repeater

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by rhodesman, May 27, 2010.

  1. rhodesman

    rhodesman Networkin' Nut Member

    I have a couple of WRT54G (version 2,3, & 4) routers and I am trying to rebroadcast the free wireless from my county for better coverage of my condo. If I stand next to the window with my laptop I can get online with the free wireless however if i walk away from the window I loose the signal. My thought was to re-purpose one of the WRT54G routers to help boost the signal inside. I guess I could get a WAP54G but why waist $60 when I have three routers I could hack to do the job (if they can do that).

    Could someone point me in the right direction for doing this?

    Thanks! =)
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    If you run 3rd party firmware such as Tomato or dd-wrt on your WRTs, AND your county wireless is set for Wireless Distribution System (WDS), which I doubt, you could wds the signal. (You'll have to read some to get that set up).

    However, as mentioned, I doubt that the county wireless would be set up for wds. Your next option - once again you will require 3rd party firmware - is to use 2 radios. Do this:

    County ))))) WRT-as-client(#1) ----wired----WRT-as-AP(#2)

    You set up one WRT as a client of the county signal (just like a PC with a wireless card). Then link that WRT (#1) by UTP/ethernet wire to another WRT (#2). Now set up WRT#2 - on a substantially different channel from county - as a normal Access Point to which you can connect with your wireless PC.
    (You'll probably also have to do some reading to get all that right).

    Some points to note:
    1) A WAP is a 1-port version of a 4/5-port WRT with, by default, more capable firmware.
    2) A WRT with 3rd party firmware is more capable than a WAP.
    3) 3rd Party firmware such as Tomato, dd-wrt, Thibor, and others is nothing to be afraid of, and make full use of a WRT's hardware capabilities. The default firmware does no justice to the hardware.
    4) You can find links or pointers to 3rd party firmware under "Downloads" on this site.
  3. rhodesman

    rhodesman Networkin' Nut Member

    Thank you!

    This is exactly the info I was looking for. That is kinda the setup I have now but using a computer to share via wired to the WRT and have it grabbing the external signal via it's wireless. But that was a bit over productive and I didn't want to purpose a computer JUST to rebroadcast a wireless connection. So two WRT's it is.

    I kept trying to search for using just one WRT as a repeater which is probably why my searches were coming up short. But this works.

    Now I just gotta get them setup.
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