Need help with network configuration.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sataylor56, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. sataylor56

    sataylor56 LI Guru Member

    I have a DSL/wireless modem. I have 2 computers in my house that access it through the wireless side. I have a switch connected to the LAN port that then goes to 3 other computers. I now want to add a couple more computers in an adjacent location but do not want to run cabling to that location. So, I need a wireless device that will be able to access my current network and then have multiple outputs for computers wired to it in the new location. Is there such a device? I thought the WAP11 would do that, but it looks like you have to have two of them, one on each side. They won't connect to an existing wireless network. Will the WRT54G series do what I want? Would it do it with one of the various flavors of 3rd party firmware? This seems so simple but I am having a hard time figuring out how to do this. What I have been able to read so far hasn't helped. It seems as though what I want is backwards from the way these things are designed to be used. Can anyone point me in the right direction, please?
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    What you need is a wireless ethernet bridge such as the Linksys WET54G or a wireless router WRT54G/WRT54GL on a custom firmware with added wireless client/bridge function
  3. sataylor56

    sataylor56 LI Guru Member

    OK, great, assumming I can get a WRT54G, is there firmware available that will do the job or would I have to customize it myself? Would I be better off getting the WET54G?
  4. sataylor56

    sataylor56 LI Guru Member

    OK, I found a used WRT54GV2 on eBay for $30 including shipping. I figured I couldn't go too wrong with that. I have now put DD-WRT V23 SP2 on it, set it up for client bridge operation, configured the wireless options, and it is working! Just what I needed.
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