Muliple wireless routers, one network.

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Greg-J, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. Greg-J

    Greg-J Guest

    I'll just get straight to it. I have a WRT54G v5 that I have running to my Cable modem. I would like to use an extra (linksys)BEFW11S4 v4 I have laying around to extend the range of my network using about 80 feet of ethernet that is running from one end of my house to the other. Except I don't knowwhere to start, or if it's possible to use a wireless router as a wireless switch.

    It doesn't particularly matter to me in what order things are connected, just so long as I have a wireless access point at each end of the house that both have internet access and are on the same network.

    Is what I ask possible?
  2. cgondo

    cgondo Network Guru Member

    very possible.

    Just plug the LAN cable into the LAN port of the BEFWS4 and give that router a static IP in the range of the LAN (the WRT54G IP)

    So if for eg. the WRT54G has the LAN IP of then set the BEFWS4 to

    and up you go.

    Remember one thing though, the BEFW11S4 is a 802.11b ONLY router so you should set your client to mixed mode to use the BEFW
  3. dfroelicher

    dfroelicher LI Guru Member

    I have a similar problem and would like to know if the same can be done with the wireless part of the befw as the connection to the wrt54g.

    giving wireless access to an area with either a wired signal or a wireless signal as the base connection.
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Unfortunately, neither WRT54G nor BEFW11S4 support WDS (Wireless Distribution System) out of the factory. You may have better luck running two WRT54G units on custom firmware with added WDS support.
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