How to connect WRT54G v2 to unsecured wireless network

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by speanort, May 3, 2006.

  1. speanort

    speanort Network Guru Member


    I recently signed a lease for an apartment complex that offers free wireless access. Unfortunately, the wireless network will be unsecured.

    I was wondering if there was a way to connect my WRT54G to the apartment network, but have my router secured. Then I would connect my laptop and xbox to my router so my computer will be behind a secured network.

    Obviously, I won't have access to the apartment complex router.

    Hopefully that all made sense. I would appreciate all the advice I could get on this one.

    - Speanort
  2. triggernum5

    triggernum5 LI Guru Member

    You can firewall yourself, but internet traffic is going to be sniffable no matter what..
  3. speanort

    speanort Network Guru Member

    The reason I was wanting to be behind my router was so other people accessing the apartment's wireless network would not able to access my resources. I was kinda wanting my configuration to be something like:

    Apartment's Router => My router => My PC, laptop, xbox, NAS

    Is there a way to set my router's gateway address to the apartment router's IP address. I would then like to have my router have a different SSID and have a WAP or WEP key for security.

    Thanks for the reply

    - Speanort
  4. windsurfer

    windsurfer Network Guru Member

    You need to run your WRT54G in client mode. This takes special software. Version 2 routers can be upgraded to something like DD-WRT. You will then have a client mode. You can download it from this site.

    Set you internal IP address to something like and your mask to This will put you on a subnet.

    Put the appartment SSID into the wirless and it should connect. Plug in your your other items to the switch ports and it should work.

    This does not secure any thing sent to the internet as that is going out over the wireless.

  5. speanort

    speanort Network Guru Member

    Is there any way to set up a scenario where:

    The apartment wireless gives my router an IP address of, but all the devices connected to my router are on a different subnet. So my router's gateway address is from the apartment router, then my router gives a subnet of 192.168.1.x.

    I was just wondering if this would work, so I could set up a secure network for my wireless devices instead of connecting them to the apartment's unsecure network.

    I understand that anything sent over the internet won't be secure. I just want to be able to share files without everyone connected to the apartment's network being able to see them. I figure if I could set up my devices on a different subnet then that might solve it somewhat.


    - Speanort
  6. figgs

    figgs LI Guru Member

    Yeah, in your firmware there should be a setting for Local IP Address (which would be for your router, and all DHCP-assigned devices would connect on the same subnet)

    You'd have to do that to connect anyways, since if your Apt IP is, if you try to connect with your router also being, it won't connect.
  7. speanort

    speanort Network Guru Member

    Will I be able to set up my own SSID and encryption key then since I am going to be using a static IP for my router?

    If this is the case, would I be able to keep my router as an AP so my laptop can connect to that and be hidden from everyone else on the apartment network?

    By the way, I forgot to mention I will be using Thibor 14 on my WRT54G if that helps. Sorry about that.


    - Speanort
  8. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    You sounds like you know more, then you give yourself credit for. I would suggest you talking to the landlord and offer to manage the router and secure instead of trying to figure out how to work around it. Its better for both you, tenants and the landlord. You can do what you want by using a 3rd party firmware as you have already done by upgrding to Thibor. I'm not familiar with Thibor as I'm using dd-wrt. You might want to post your question over that forum and someone might have a suggestion on how to do what you want.

    Good Luck
  9. RTSAnime

    RTSAnime Network Guru Member

    Running the wrt in Client or WET mode disables its AP functions. You will not be able to connect to your wrt via anything but an ethernet cable
  10. speanort

    speanort Network Guru Member

    Thanks for all the replies guys!!

    I appreciate all the ideas.

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