Possible to use Tomato to repeat a NON Tomato Signal

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by rizsher, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. rizsher

    rizsher Network Guru Member


    A friend has a broadband company approved and supplied ADSL Modem/Wifi Router. THe company doesn't share DSL credentials and there it is not possible to use a modem with a Tomato compatible router. He is stuck wiht using the modem/wifi combo.

    Now, the signal isn't strong enough, and he wants to setup a repeater/WDS setup. Would it be possible for a (say) WRT54GL flashed with Tomato (OR DD-WRT) to repeat the Wifi signal from his modem/router?. or do these firmware ONLY tie-up with another router running the same firmware?.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member

    You can make an AP out of almost anything, simply by:

    - Plugging a LAN port on the WRT54GL into an Ethernet port on the ADSL modem
    - Setting a static IP on the GL as part of the same subnet
    - Disabling DNS and DHCP services on the GL

    It's up to him whether to use both devices as wireless APs or to disable wireless on the ADSL modem.

  3. rizsher

    rizsher Network Guru Member

    Sorry, the plan is to extend the range wirelessly. There house is rather big, so one router isn't sufficient to cover te whole house - the idea is to use a tomato or DD-wrt router to repeate the signal.
  4. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member

    It's exceedingly unlikely the DSL router supports WDS, which seems to be what you're after. I'd suggest running a long-distance Ethernet cable to the GL to a suitable location to provide the additional coverage.

  5. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I'd agree with Rhester72 - a cabled AP is always the best and fastest solution. If it's absolutely necessary for you to run WDS, I'd suggest trying to get inside the original wireless modem - you can usually find how to access it easily enough on the web. You can post details of the guy's ISP and the router make and model number - someone will probably know the login and password for that router.
  6. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    Wow! How big is your house?! I've never seen a router that wouldn't cover the whole house. If the house is multiple floors, try putting the supplied router on the top floor.

    With dd-wrt, you could put your router in repeater mode to pick up the main router, then create a VAP to broadcast a new signal. Not sure if that's the solution you're looking for. If so, there is a pretty good wiki on the dd-wrt site as to how to do this.
  7. rizsher

    rizsher Network Guru Member

    The house is in Tunisia, made of concrete and brick and mortar... its is QUITE easy for a single router not to be able to cover the entire house area (houses there apparently are substantially bigger than European, and somwhat bigger than American houses.
  8. jersully

    jersully LI Guru Member

    Powerline (Ethernet via in-house electrical wiring) is another option. Plug the primary router into one powerline adapter and the second AP into a second adapter.
  9. rizsher

    rizsher Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the tip Jersully - Powerline maybe the way to go if DD-WRT or Tomato don't work out.

    Had a loook at the DD-WRT wiki - specifically : http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Client_Bridged - it seems this doesn't require any specific setting on the primart router, only the secondary one which needs to be running dD-WRT.

    Gonna flash a spare router with DD and see if it works.

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