Possible with WRT54G, or not?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by ooman, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. ooman

    ooman Network Guru Member

    I’m hoping someone can help me here. Please excuse my ignorance if I’m missing some info or get a few things wrong, I’m not at all technical, like I'm not sure that the "access point" reference in this thread title is even the correct terminology.

    The situation is this… I’m running XP Pro on my main computer, I have SBCGlobal DSL PPoE with a Speedstream DSL modem. That modem is wired into a Buffalo Tech WBR2-G54 AirStation broadband router.

    My wife has a laptop in her office with a WiFi card, the entire system seems to work fine, it’s secured with tkip. Sometimes her laptop is left at her workplace and not in our home.

    My wife needs her own phone line, so I bought a Uniden phone with built in Packet8 VOIP and router. For the Uniden to work it needs to be plugged into the DSL router, or it needs to be plugged into a existing port on a router hooked to the DSL modem. BTW currently I have the Uniden wired into the BuffTech router, and it also works real well.

    Her office can’t have any new wiring (lease rules) so I need to find a wireless way to get our network signal to the Uniden phone in the office.

    After speaking with the "expert" at Circuit City I purchased a Linksys WRT54G, V3, in hopes that it could do the trick. After some reading and failed attempts I finally successfully flashed it with Hyperwrt_GS_Thibor-201206.bin.

    But at this point I’ve hit my skill wall and can’t seem to figure out what to do next.

    Will the gear I bought be able to do the trick? If so, what steps do I take next to finish this job? (If not, thankfully I still have the return receipt!)

    Please answer me like I’m the slow kid in the class, because sadly, I am.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. ooman

    ooman Network Guru Member

    So is this even possible?
  3. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Yes. What you are trying to do (if I understand your intent) is to have a configuration like this:

    Modem -Wire-> Buffalo Wireless --WLAN--> WRT54G -wire-> Packet8

    In that case, what you want to do is take the WRT54G and turn it into a Wireless CLIENT, which means you need to run it in "Client Mode".

    Log into the WRT54G, go to "Wireless", and set "Wireless Mode" to "Client Mode", then enter whatever security you have for Wireless (WPA, WEP, etc) in your existing Wireless LAN (in other words, the WRT54G will connect to the Wireless LAN in the same way your wife's laptop does already).

    Reboot the WRT54G, and plug a computer into it and make sure that computer can surf the web from the WRT54G's connection. Plug in the Packet 8 device into one of the four LAN ports on the WRT54G and it should work.

    Note, at this point, you don't want to plug anything into the WAN/Internet port on the WRT54G, nor will the WRT54G be able to serve a Wireless network of its own.

    Of course, the wired-wireless-wired hop is going to add a small amount of latency (delay), but it shouldn't be a big problem as long as you can get a good wireless connection.
  4. ooman

    ooman Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the tips!

    I followed them, but I'm still having a problem connecting. Got the "client" set, matched the TKIP setings, but still no connect.

    Any ideas as to what I should check?

    Thanks, really appreciate the help!
  5. kulprit

    kulprit Network Guru Member

    For this to work, would the phone not need to be on the same subnet. In which case. WET mode would be better than client mode. Also, not being a VOIP user, does the phone get assigned an LAN IP address?
  6. ooman

    ooman Network Guru Member

    Good questions, and hopefully I'll get to them. But at this point I can't even browse the net yet...
  7. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    I can't speak specifically to Packet 8, but I can speak for Vonage, which also uses hardware VoIP adapters probably very similar to Packet 8's.

    In the case of Vonage, all it needs is a connection to the Internet with a large laundry-list of ports open (but not forwarded). So, I can put as many routers in place as I want. A wireless-to-wired Ethernet adapter would probably do the job just as well, but if you already have a WRT54G/GS/GL with aftermarket firmware that supports Client mode, this should work as well.

    And, yes, the VoIP device gets an IP address just like any other device, but it has no need to talk to anything else on the LAN. It only needs to talk to its VoIP server out on the Internet. Then you plug a standard analog telephone into it, pick up the handset, and dial out just like a POTS line. ;)
  8. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    PS: Another option, if your wife's laptop has a solid wireless connection, is to use Internet Connection Sharing on the laptop to turn the Ethernet port on the laptop into a port that the Packet8 unit can use. It's a little clumsy, but several people using Vonage use this configuration, and it works pretty well.

    Of course, if she has to reboot her laptop, she loses her phone as well. And it tethers her laptop down to a desk. But it's an option.
  9. ooman

    ooman Network Guru Member

    Going through the laptop won't work, she doesn't bring it home most of the time.

    Anyone else have a suggestion as to what I should do next to get thei to work?

    Or is it finally time to return the router?
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