ICS / Best Firmware for WRT54GS / Questions!

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by muzicman82, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. muzicman82

    muzicman82 Network Guru Member

    Alright, here's my setup.

    Windows XP Pro (Desktop) dials a dial-up connection. It is shared through it's Ethernet port.

    I want to connect this Ethernet port to a WiFi router to share Internet and LAN. I have a WRT54GS and a WRT55AG.

    My general issue right now is that I want the desktop and the router on the same subnet, so it's more of an access point than a router. I could simply not use the WAN port and connect to a switch port on the router... BUT, the hold up here is that I want to use the DHCP in the router, which will assign the router's IP as the default gateway. I need the XP machine to be set to the default gateway (

    So, I understand there's no open source firmware for the WRT55AG.

    But, for the WRT54GS, is there open source firmware that would allow me full control over the DHCP scope? Or to set up this router as an AP?

    I don't really have a problem with using gateway mode, but the issue I always have is that if I put my WiFi router on the subnet of say,, and my desktop is, I can't seem to address UNC paths to the desktop... like \\DESKTOP-PC. I can do \\ . Also, I'd like UPnP to work.

    Any ideas?
  2. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Why do you not rely on the DHCP server in the PC's ICS ? DHCP requires only a tiny amount of bandwidth, is used only when a device needs a new address, and requires practically no processing power from the PC to produce. Using the router simply as an AP as you have suggested would be the easiest, cleanest and most functional configuration.
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