How to use the wrt54gl to see another wireless connection

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by bahboy1205, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. bahboy1205

    bahboy1205 Network Guru Member

    I live out in the country where the only options are dialup and satellite. Is it possible to use the WRT54GL to receive a wireless signal so that I could have faster internet on my computer? I have uploaded the HyperWRT firmware, but not sure what I need to do. Thanks, Matt
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Which version of HyperWRT are you using? I'd use Tofu for that, since it's unlikely your provider is going to offer SpeedBooster anyway.

    Just set the WRT54GL's wirless mode to "Client Mode" and enter the security parameters for your wireless ISP, and you should be good to go.
  3. bahboy1205

    bahboy1205 Network Guru Member

    I'm using tofu. How can you see what wireless signals are out there? I want to make sure I can see them before I sign up. Is there a program that will show all available connections? Kinda like the software that comes with the wireless cards?
  4. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Yes, it's called the "Site Survey" and is available from the Status section. That allows you to scan for active servers.
  5. xrattiracer

    xrattiracer Network Guru Member

    be aware too that you WILL need some kind of better antenna, preferably a directional of some sort. how much gain depends on how close the tower is, but there are options from about 12 to 24 dB.
  6. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Good point on the antenna. However, if you get a decent signal out of a laptop, the WRT54G is going to do even better. The directional antenna will be needed in a lot of cases, though, since towers are rarely placed where we need them. :)

    You can also get decent directional gain out of the stock antennas by making a reflector. This can be as simple as some heavy paper stock and some tin foil or mylar. :rockon:

    Not things of beauty, and it's a solid case of function over form, but you COULD use pretty foil wrapping paper for that Martha Stewart decorative touch (grin).

    These aren't going to give you 24db gain, of course, but they'll provide some significant boosts over a non-directional antenna.
  7. bahboy1205

    bahboy1205 Network Guru Member

    Thanks for all of the help. I have already decided that I'm going to need an antenna. I will have to look at the status screen once I get the antenna. Thanks
  8. swinn

    swinn Network Guru Member

    Are you looking for a stray wireless signal to latch onto for Internet?
  9. bahboy1205

    bahboy1205 Network Guru Member

    If possible.
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