Help getting wireless to go around a corner at a hotel

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Ken Zakreski, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Ken Zakreski

    Ken Zakreski Serious Server Member

    I am on holiday in Mexico and did bring along my working LINKSYS WRT54G V.3 with Tomato version 1.28.1816 installed on it.

    Need a way for wireless to go around a corner so I can watch netflix in the room. We are at the end of the hallway with a room around a corner. Guessing it must be the 24 inch thick concrete walls in this heritage hotel causing my use of Spanish Television, mas grande.

    My first thought was to set up my Tomato router in the corner as a repeater, no love there. Tomato, this version, doesn't support universal repeater, or so I understand.

    Then I tried WET, connecting the router to my laptop by a ethernet cable and receiving the wireless on my router and via the cable to my laptop. I can't access the hotel's router so cant set up a Wireless Ethernet Bridge, which the instructions at say to do.

    I was going to flash my router with something else or buy an Apple, but thought I thought check with this forum before doing something rash.

    Can Tomato help me get wireless to go around a corner? or should I get an Apple.

    What about wrtopen on this router? any love there?

    kinda new at routers so any help appreciated.
  2. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    When you connect the laptop to the hotel's wireless router, how do you gain access? Is there a splash page or do you just have a password?
  3. Ken Zakreski

    Ken Zakreski Serious Server Member

    I use a password to connect to the hotel's internet.
  4. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Sorry, I meant to say just a WiFi password or is there a web-based login page? If it's the former, then use the Tomato router in wireless bridge mode (turn DHCP off, change mode from Gateway to Router, etc... There are several guides online) If it's a web-based login page then it becomes more complicated.
  5. Ken Zakreski

    Ken Zakreski Serious Server Member

    Thanks. To confirm it is the former situation. I log in by the network control panel of the macbook. Not a webbased login.

    So the instructions i read on line said i needed to access the router from the hotel. I cannot.
  6. JoeDirte

    JoeDirte Networkin' Nut Member

    You don't need to access the hotel's router to set up wireless Ethernet bridge on your tomato router. You just have to enter the SSID and password the hotel provided on the tomato router. To the hotel, your router is just another endpoint.
    Marcel Tunks likes this.
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