HELP with 2 WRT54G routers

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by BDeSalvio, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. BDeSalvio

    BDeSalvio Guest

    I need help with setting up a wired and wireless network in my new house. Right now I have a Cable Modem in the basement connected to one WRT54G router. From that Broadband Router I have a CAT5 cable going to a Linksys Switch and 7 CAT5 Cables running from that switch to rooms around the house. I realized the wireless doesn’t reach all around the house and wanted to no if I could plug another WRT54G router into one of the ports in a room somewhere else in the house.

    Also I don’t know too much about setting up these things yet so if you could be specific as to which port to plug into the second router and what setting need to be turned off or on that would be great.

    Also is there a way to roam between the two wireless routers without loosing the internet connection?

  2. bimmersteve

    bimmersteve LI Guru Member

    Above all, make sure the first router is configured and you have connectivity through it before you start messing with the second box.

    What you then need to do is configure the second WRT54G as an access point:

    Run the ethernet cable between the two WRT54G boxes between LAN ports. (The WAN port on the 2nd WRT54G goes nowhere.) This may need to be a crossover cable--maybe someone else can comment? (The easy way to tell for sure is to just insert an ordinary ethernet CAT5 cable between the LAN ports on both WRT54G boxes. If the front panel light turns on in the normal manner, you win and it will work. If the front panel light stay off, you need a crossover cable.)

    The IP address of the second Router has to be changed since by default it is the same as the first; you can change it to, same subnet mask.

    The DHCP on the second Router has to be disabled; the first Router’s DHCP
    would provide the whole Network.

    You can mix and match SSID and channel assignments, but if you want to do seamless roaming, they should both have the same SSID and be on the same channel.

    Good Luck,
  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    I could be wrong but something tells me even though you use the same SSID on both routers they need to be on different channels.
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