Is it possible to connect a WRT54G V2 to a WRT54GX?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by baldyguy, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. baldyguy

    baldyguy Network Guru Member

    I recently purchased the WRT54G v2.

    What i'm basically trying to do is to have my WRT54G v2 to conect to to my WRT54GX.

    My current setup is as follows:

    My WRT54GX is connected to a cable modem downstairs. That has a computer, Vonage adapter, and HP network printed connected to it.

    Upstairs, I have my replayTv and xbox. I don't want to do any hardwire inside my house so that's why I decided to buy the WRT54Gv2.

    I originally had the WRT54GS v4 but did not have any luck with it.

    Anyways, this is what I'm trying to accomplish. I want my WRT54GX to act as the primary wireless router with all of the hardware that is connected to it now, and what I want my WRT54Gv2 to connect to my WRT54GX and act as an Access Point.

    That way, I will be able to connect my ReplayTV and my Xbox

    What is the best way to do this?
  2. baldyguy

    baldyguy Network Guru Member


    Here is an update of what's going on with my setup

    Last night, I updated my WRT54G v2 firmware with the latest HyperWRT.

    Since there isn't a firmware for the WRT54GX, and I'm not sure if this is the right thing to do or?? But under the configuration page, I went to Wireless > Wireless MAC filter. I added my WRT54 v2 wireless MAC address to the table. Not sure if that will make a difference or help?

    Since there isn't a firmware for it that's all I could do, plus I did some research on here, and it seems that no one has really tried this setup

    Anyways, for my WRT54G v2, I uploaded the newest firmware using HyperWRT. THese are the following changes that I made.

    Keep in mind that I'm making all these changes through my laptop to make sure that it works with the laptop first before I connect my ReplayTV and Xbox

    Under Setup
    -Change the Default IP from to

    -Disabled the DHCP Server

    Under Wireless
    -Changed the Wirelss Network Mode to G-only. (This also applies to my WRT54GX)

    -Named the SSID the same as my WRT54GX

    -Wirelss Channel is 6 same as my WRT54GX

    Under WIreless > Wireless Security

    -I made the same Passphrase as my WRT54GX and I generated Keys 1-4

    Last but not least, Under Administration > Startup & Firewall Scripts > Start up, I entered the following in the box

    wl lazywds 0
    wl wds AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AA (I entered in my Wireless MAC)

    SO that's all I've done, am I missing anything? Do i need to do anything else to the WRT54GX?

    WHen I made these changes, both SSID's do show on the network. So not sure what I'm doing wrong here. DO i need to connect to the WRT54GX for my replayTV and XBOX?
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WRT54GX does not support bridging or repeaters. It may not support WDS.
  4. baldyguy

    baldyguy Network Guru Member

    What is the best way go to about doing this?

    Is there an alternative way to get an internet connection upstairs?

  5. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Wait a minute... do you have wireless adapters for the replayTV & XBOX? If you do and they can see the WRT54GX from upstairs why do you even need the WRT54G?

    Since I assume the main reason you purchased the WRT54G is because the replayTV & XBOX don't have wireless adapters, you could always configure the WRT54G to operate in client mode which should get you up and running. (Just note that no wireless clients would be able to connect to the WRT54G while it's in client mode) Do you really need to have wireless connect to the WRT54G??

    If you need to allow wireless clients to connect to the WRT54G and it turns out the WRT54GX doesn't support lazy WDS then your only choice is to run a cable between the routers. You'll have to do some searching (or hope someone sees this thread and posts a reply) to discover if the WRT54GX supports lazy WDS. Or you could load a firmware like DD-WRT onto the WRT54G so that you could configure WDS from the GUI. (Would eliminate additional complication of wondering whether you entered the WDS commands properly into the WRT54G)

    Or maybe you could get in touch with Linksys tech support and ask if the WRT54GX supports lazy WDS. (Although the accuracy of the answer you get is somewhat of gamble based on how much the tech really knows.)
  6. baldyguy

    baldyguy Network Guru Member

    No, I don't have any wireless adapters for the replayTV and Xbox.

    So if I were set the WRT54G in client mode, the ReplayTV & Xbox, what advantages would I have by doing this? By this meaning, would I be able to get on Xbox live and download the TV guide?

    I don't have any wireless clients that need to connect to the WRT54G. Just the ReplayTV and Xbox.
  7. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Yes. See here for a little more info on client mode.

    Then client mode is your answer! :thumb:
  8. baldyguy

    baldyguy Network Guru Member

    Cool, thanks for the info. Since I have the HyperWRT installed right now, would I be able to overwrite the HyperWRT with the DD firmware?

    I was also looking at the DD-WRT firmware and there's a ton of files, I'm not sure which one needs to be installed.

  9. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Well the latest stable build of DD-WRT is v22-final-r2 and the bin you want to use is either dd-wrt.v22_wrt54g.bin or dd-wrt.v22_basic_wrt54g.bin

    The basic version leaves out a few things like the XBOX Kaid & Samba features but I doubt you'll use any of those so either version should work fine for you.

    Here's a great little tutorial for setting up Client mode: (Note that DD-WRT supports WPA in client mode as well as WEP)
  10. Aopen

    Aopen Network Guru Member

    I Would go for the latest build of the 23 version.

    I have the same setup and it works wonderful here.

    I have sett up the WRT54GS as a Bridge so the WRT54GX is the DHCP server and handels ports and so on.
  11. baldyguy

    baldyguy Network Guru Member

    Is there a step by step tutorial on how to do this?

    I connected my laptop directly into the WRT54G with an ethernet cable and it says, "Limited or No Connectivity".

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