Noob Question

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by nighthammer, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. nighthammer

    nighthammer Addicted to LI Member

    I've tried both google and the forum search with no solid results, so I thought I'd post and see if you all could assist me. Here's the situation.....

    I have a friend who lives near me (close enough that I can pick up a wireless signal). He's offering up is 'net but I'm not sure how to make it happen with what we got. I have a WRT54G Ver. 6 and he has a Netgear wireless router (not too sure of the model). Is there a firmware/option I can use to connect to his router with the WRT54G? From what I've seen the only firmware that is out there for the Ver. 6 doesn't contain those options. Or am I just not looking deep enough......

    Any help is GREATLY appreciated!

  2. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    1) If you only need to connect wired devices to your router, you could use it in Wireless Client Mode (but only with 3'rd party firmware installed, like Tomato, DD-WRT etc.);
    2) If you want it to "amplify" your neighbour's signal and distribute it around your house (if you need to use wireless devices with it), you want to either set it up in AP + WDS mode, or as a Bridge. Only problem is that, AFAIK, both these modes only work with routers of the same type, or at least with routers using the same kind of firmware (e.g. - Buffalo + Linksys WRT, both running Tomato). :)

    Somebody please correct me if i'm wrong.
  3. nighthammer

    nighthammer Addicted to LI Member

    I guess my question then is what firmware can I use to do that on the Ver. 6?
  4. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    Actually, there is a way of installing DD-WRT on a VxWorks-based WRT54G v5 or v6 router. If you are tech-savvy, you can give it a try. Instructions here.
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