Interoperability issues between WET54G, WRT54G and WAP54G?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by frumpy, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. frumpy

    frumpy Network Guru Member

    I currently have a WRT54G operating in infrastructure mode and a WAP54G in repeater mode which work fine together WEP security. The WAP can't deal with WPA when its in repeater mode so I have to use WEP.

    Question is, are there any issues, especially regarding WEP security, with adding a WET54G to this network?

    I've posted a separate topic regarding updates to enable WPA for the WAP in repeater mode.

    I am intending to use it to connect my Xbox to the network.

  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    No, there should not be any issues using the WET54G with WEP. Just follow the setup instructions for connecting. Make certain you are connecting to the WAP54G, when you do your survey. The WAP54G will cut your throughput in half in repeater mode. Do you really need the WAP54G in repeater mode? Could you not have used the WAP54G in bridge mode or accesspoint client mode, since it supports WPA in those modes.
  3. frumpy

    frumpy Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the reply.

    Although I've been able to set my network up without too much outside assistance I still consider myself to be very much a newbie. So I'll explain my network and maybe you could let me know if I can make life easier for myself!

    My router is cabled to my cable modem. Both these devices are all the way at the front of my apartment.

    At the back of the apartment in my living room is where I do all my IT stuff. I have a laptop with MPC54GS adaptor. I have the repeater here too which (obviously) repeats the signal from the router. Without the repeater the laptop is unable to find the network.

    I now have an xbox in the same room which I'd like to connect to the network.

    I also have an Apple Airport Express which I use to stream music wirelessly to my hifi, but its probably simplest to ignore this device.

    So my understanding is that yes, I could connect my xbox to my access point, but I would then lose connectivity for my laptop. Correct?

  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The repeater then should between the WRT54G and the WAP54G in location. You can connect the WAP54G to a switch and feed the XBox and the Laptop.
  5. frumpy

    frumpy Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the advice.

    Just for the purpose of eliminating as an option I tried plugging my xbox into the LAN port of my WAP54G. To my surprise it worked! Once I set a static IP address and the default gateway as the IP of the AP, it worked fine.

    So its not connected to the internet but my key aim was really just to get it on the LAN. So I'm now able to sit anywhere in my apartment and stream music from my xbox to my hifi. Very cool.

    Thanks again
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