Linksys Travel Router Functionality

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by siafu, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. siafu

    siafu Network Guru Member

    I'm trying to figure out how to create similar functionality using 3rd party firmware to the Linksys Travel Router where one can create a private wireless network AND connect to a public wireless network. The functionality I am referring to can be referenced here (see the "Overall Impression" section):

    I don't see how I can duplicate this functionality with any of the wireless WRT-to-WRT options I have researched. Either of the client options (wireless client, wireless client bridge) require the client WRT to turn off the AP feature (so I assume these only enable wired clients to access the wireless network). And it appears that WDS options (P2P or LAN) require that both APs support, and are configured to use, WDS.

    Is this correct? Am I missing a different wireless configuration/bridging option?
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    The WRT54G series has one radio per router. A fairly powerful radio, but only one.

    The Travel Router has two radios. One that can connect to an access point, and one that I presume is very weak indeed that provides what Linksys calls your "personal wireless bubble".

    If you want both a wireless client AND an access point, you need two radios. That means the Travel Router, or two WRT54G series routers wired together with an Ethernet cable (one receiving, one retransmitting).

    You are correct - the exception to this is WDS, where the two routers are aware of each other and can figure it out amongst themselves. But that mode won't be able to connect to a regular public access point, since you're unlikely to get the access point owner to put your router on his WDS list, assuming he has one.

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