Long distance setup, no internet

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by jimmy870, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. jimmy870

    jimmy870 LI Guru Member

    Hi folks,

    I have a problem with a long distance setup.
    First by long distance I mean the total distance is about 2.5 Km.

    At one end is my office with it's wired lan, server, ADSL router and an WAP54G AP for a few laptops in action.
    All addresses set on this network are static (I prefer to set things myself).
    Everything works fine (Access to shares, internet access over ethernet and what not).

    On the other end I have my Home, with it's wired lan, ADSL router and what not.
    Again everything is set by myself manually with no problems.

    I decided to connect the two using three WAP54G's.

    This is what I did, In a remote location between home and office I placed a WAP54G set as an AP and in clear view of both locations. At my office end I placed another WAP54G set in Client mode and locked to the fore mentioned AP. I have done the same thing at my home (WAP54G set up as client and locked to the remote AP).
    Needless to say I'm not using the original antennas.

    Results and my problem.

    I can see all shares on both ends of the network (relatively good connection - some work is needed). I can transfer files to and fro without problems. I can see and ping my ADSL router, access it's web interface and set things to my liking.

    When I try to access the internet I get nothing, as if there is no internet connection. I did the test using a laptop on my home end (I didn't connect the client on my home end to the lan, I connected directly to my laptop), a laptop I know has access to the internet. It is as if my Internet request times out.
    Incidently, when I am connected to the internet, an network Icon appears on my taskbar stating my connection. This Icon appears normally but no internet. I tried setting DHCP to automatic getting automatically assigned IP but still the same problem everything works (shares, web interface of router, etc) but no Internet.
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Routing, most likely. You don't mention any IPs or subnets, so I'll give you the mother of all general rules:
    To connect to the internet, a station needs to have a "default gateway". This default gateway must be an IP address on the same subnet as the station. [Default gateway means "where to send stuff (IP traffic) for which I don't personally know the recipient".]

    The default gateway device must then, in turn, know how to get stuff to- and from the internet, and back to the originating subnet. The default gateway is most likely, in your setup, the ADSL routers.
  3. jimmy870

    jimmy870 LI Guru Member


    Thanks for the reply.

    My message was getting a little long winded and I tried to cram as much information as I could. I recognize the need for gateway and DNS address settings and have set them. Like I mentioned in my post at work everything works fine whether I connect by wire or wirelessly. The Gateway I use to connect at work is also the gateway in my Wap54g settings, the Wap54g's are all in the same address pool with unique IP's.

    (I am the systems administrator at work and like I said I prefer to set things myself but like I also mentioned I tried automatic settings through DHCP with the same results.)

    Hell, I even get the little icon on the task bar that says that I have Internet Connection.

    I'm in the process of trying something else, instead of using two AP's as clients to connect to the remote AP, I will switch them all into bridge mode entering the necessary MAC addresses in each device. I have tried it in my workspace using three new devices with complete success. wish me good luck.

    Thanks for all.
  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    And there I go explaining to Homer Simpson... Sorry Jimmy. Good luck!
  5. pablito

    pablito Network Guru Member


    Personally I would do a VPN but a wireless link would be fun too..

    Top of my head I would use a pair of WRTs set in WDS mode. Key to making it work is proper routing. The main firewalls (don't care if they are APs or otherwise) would each have a static route pointing to the local WDS router for the LAN at the other end.

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  6. jimmy870

    jimmy870 LI Guru Member

    I'm Baaaack!

    Well it seems that converting my devices to Bridge mode did the trick.
    At the moment I am downloading from my work Internet connection and at the same time I am posting this message. Internet seems to be working fine but data transfer is a little on the slow side (like I said, setup still needs some work).

    Thanks for all the suggestions and keep the flame alive.
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