Pulling my hair out trying to setup a Wireless Ethernet Bridge......

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Kevin Alexander, May 5, 2008.

  1. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    I have been at this for roughly 3 days and have already bricked (I think) one of my two Buffalo WHR-G54S routers. I have a Linksys "GL" router flashed w/ Tomato 1.18 and will be going for broke and flashing the second Buffalo w/ Tomato 1.19 firmware.

    I want to configure the Buffalo as a wireless ethernet bridge (WET) for hooking up my slingbox, xbox 360, and Wii downstairs. So far before my first Buffalo went "tango uniform", I did the following:

    -setup the Buffalo w/ the same SSID as main router
    -setup the Buffalo w/ the same security and key as main router
    -setup the Buffalo w/ the same wireless channel as main router
    -"access point" on the Linksys, "wireless ethernet bridge" on the Buffalo
    -disabled DHCP on the Buffalo
    - on the Linksys, and changed to on the Buffalo

    Why can't I make a connection?!?!? Do I need to phsically link the routers w/ an ethernet cable in the setup process like I see in some diagrams? Do I need to exchange wireless MAC addresses in the 2 routers?

    I swear I am not looking to be "spoon fed" here. I have stayed up late over the last few nights and GOOGLED myself sick, crashed a router, and GOOGLED some more. I have already learned alot from this site and its forum members, but I would really appreciate some help w/ this so I can move on. Thanks.
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    I think WET is only good for a single device. Why don't you use WDS? I think only WDS will pass all the MACs transparently.
  3. dvaskelis

    dvaskelis Network Guru Member

    Couple of thoughts:

    On the Basic: Network page:

    What WAN / Internet "Type" is the WET bridge using? "Disabled" should be used on a WET bridge.

    What "Wireless Mode" is the WET bridge using? "Wireless Ethernet Bridge" should be used on a WET bridge.

    What "Security" is the WET bridge using? You know that not every combination is supported in WET mode by the wireless driver, right? "WPA Personal" is preferred with "AES" Encryption, the access point can then run "WPA Personal" or "WPA / WPA2 Personal" but not "WPA2 Personal".

    On the Advanced: Routing page:

    What "Mode" is the bridge using? "Router" should be used on a WET bridge.
  4. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    Interesting. I could be wrong, but in my research I thought I read that several devices could be connected to a WET.:confused: Also, I read that WDS could cut my bandwidth in half. Is this as bad as it sounds? Should I be concerned about this? I notice that quite a few here use WDS.

    I ran into a little difficulty flashing the Buffalo. I'll confirm these settings once I get Tomato on the Buffalo. As a side note, I wish there were more routers like the incrdible Linksys "GL" version. I child could literally flash it - it was just that easy. Worst case scenario is to pony up and invest in another.
  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    I didn't say that multiple clients couldn't be behind WET, only that it isn't a true transparent bridge. WDS only halves the throughput if you use WDS + AP on both ends. If the far end is WDS only and not an AP, there is not wireless repeating and therefore not halving of throughput.
  6. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks! That sounds alot better. I was worried about taking a hit in bandwidth.
  7. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    I ran into the same problems...It turns out, its a lot easier than you think.
    Skip you last two steps--Tomato handles that for you.
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