Help Needed: Re-configuring home network

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by mrussel1, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. mrussel1

    mrussel1 Addicted to LI Member

    Hey folks,

    Need some help with a network problem and I'm beyond formal Linksys support. Here is what I did:

    Cable -> WRT54G V5 --wireless connection--> WGA54G -> (hardwired) WRT54G v2 (changed to just a switch) -> hardwired to XBOX, WII, and Directv.

    As you can imagine, this is not working out too great. The connection has been choppy at best. Well, I finally figured out that the WGA can only support one mac at a time, which explains the intermittent connection.

    So I'd like to bypass the whole WGA thing and use my V2 WRT54G as an access point. I've figured out that this can be done using aftermarket firmware. I've found tutorials here:
    This seems pretty straightforward and the way to go; however, I think I've got a problem because my main wireless router is a V5 which didn't use the Linux code, to my understanding.  
    In order to set up this WDS, do both routers need to be running the same aftermarket firmware, or can the firmware change be limited to the access point (the one connecting with the gaming consoles)?
    Thanks for any help.
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