How to add a second wired WRT54GS router to increase range

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by MrKillBot, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. MrKillBot

    MrKillBot Network Guru Member

    How can I add my second WRT54GS to increase the wireless range.

    I have placed the new WRT54GS upstairs. I have plugged the cable on the router 1 into an available lan port and into the internet port on the new router no.2

    I reckoned i would need to change the default address from so changed this to

    The router does seem to connect but I cannot get internet access on the new router whether it be wired on wireless.

    I think there is furher configuration needed can anyone help with this problem please
  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Okay, let's back up for a second and start again...

    Right now you have internet running from the first router. From what you're writing, you basically want to add your second router as a repeater, I assume. Do the following:

    1) Shut off dhcp on router 1 if it is running.
    2) On second router, give it a LAN ip that is on the same segment as your first router. For example, if router 1 i, set router two to - 254.
    3) Run "one" straight thru CAT5 cable from one of the first router's four LAN ports to any of the 4 LAN ports on router 2.

    That's it. Set your encrpytion as needed. Your second router should be running as an access point now. If you really wanted to be slick, you could try third party firmware (hyperwrt, openwrt, dd-wrt, sveasoft) and use WDS. There's a guide on the linksysinfo homepage describing how to configure WDS. But for the moment, above listed fix will work for you.

  3. MrKillBot

    MrKillBot Network Guru Member

    Thats working now thanks. I had plugged the RJ-45 into the port marked internet instead of 1 of the 4 available Lan Ports.

    I had also changed the Advanced Routing option on No.2 from gateway to the new setting router
    and set the RIP option to both

    Im not sure if this matters but wanted to try to be complete for anyone reading this.

    Many thanks DocLarge

    I will investigate the WDS option you have mentioned
  4. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Not a problem...

    Incidentally, the WRT54G(X) ranges support dynamic routing so you really don't have to change the routes because they will populate automatically if you happen to configure your second router to run another subnet as opposed of being just an access point right now. Then, you would run the CAT5 to the WAN port of the second router and give it a different LAN ip such as

  5. montyshaw

    montyshaw Network Guru Member

    DocLarge -

    I have a question. I was searching the forum posts for information about adding an AP, exactly what MrKillBot wanted to do.

    Why do you turn off the DHCP on the *first* router (connected to the internet) as opposed to the *second* router? Not saying you're wrong, I just would have thought the second one would have dhcp turned off (which means nothing since I know nothing about how to do this, just trying to learn)

  6. Goknicks

    Goknicks Network Guru Member

    MrKillBot: 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....

    Go to and read the wiki installantion guide.
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