Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by gbean, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. gbean

    gbean LI Guru Member

    I have read the tutorials on how to set this up so that one of my Routers acts a network bridge, but I cannot follow them as I feel they are a little vague.
    Both Routers are v5.0 and one has the 1.00.6 firmware, while the other (client side) has the older 1.00.1 version.

    The 1.00.1 version does not have the option to disable the internet connection type on the setup page.
    Do I need to upgrade the firmware? is this even possible?
    Please help I am desperate to get internet from the house out to the garage.

    oh yeah , the client router will be stand alone, no wired connection, the AP is connected to comcast Cable modem.
  2. gbean

    gbean LI Guru Member

    Ok updated the client side to firmware version 1.01.0
    Still no option to disable internet connection type.
    I just dont know what to do except make sure they both have the same SSID, (Wireless Security is disabled, I am in the country, and dont need to worry about that I dont think.)
    I have the idea that the default gateway for the client ust be the same as the IP for the AP.

    Not much else tellign me why it doesnt work
    So should the Client router automatically connect to the AP when it is plugged in?
    And how can I tell if it is connected?
    Thanks in advance.
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    afaik the WDS between two WRT54G's are not supported.
  4. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    In order for you to use WDS with 2 WRT54G's you need third party firmware such as DD-WRT. But as they are version 5 I would advise against it. Versions 5 and 6 are too easy to brick and then you have nothing.
  5. adisor19

    adisor19 Network Guru Member

    If you can follow the flashing instuctions here :

    then you'll have no problem as i already did this procedure on a v5 with no problems.

  6. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    It's been a while since I had stock firmware on my WRT54GS V5.1 (which I think is similar to the V6 to answer your question here, but I seem to recall that the V5+ can do lazy WDS. However, I'm not sure if you should have at least one of the devices in WDS setup that is set to forced WDS (by MAC address).

    You may perhaps try newer firmware on the V5/6. At some stage I downloaded the file WRT54GSv5_v6_v1_50_8_US_code.bin from the Linksys site, which is firmware V1.50.8, but I think there's even newer firmware now. Play with the country until you find a higher version, as Linksys seems to have their country->firmware a bit screwed. And yes, any country's firmware will work (as long as you can understand the language... ;-) but some may limit the channels and/or transmission power.

    Best is to install dd-wrt micro on these routers as mentioned by adisor19. You'll loose a little speed but gain a lot of functionality.

    You may already know this, but be sure to make the WDS devices' wireless setups EXACTLY the same (channel no, SSID, security, the whole works).
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