Question on using two wireless routers at once

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Covenn, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Covenn

    Covenn LI Guru Member

    I have a Linksys WRT54GL currently running Tomato 1.06 soon to be 1.07, and where my router is located, I sometimes get pretty poor signal quality, and unfortunately, I am unable to relocate it for better signal.

    Now my question is, I have a second router a Linksys WRT54GS v.5, and I wanted to know if it were possible for me to put this into another room, and be linked with my WRT54GL.... sort of using the GS as a signal booster ?

    Thanks in advance for the help.
  2. ntest7

    ntest7 Network Guru Member

    Yes, two ways to do it...
    If you have a network cable run to the second location, just set the second router up as an access point (connect network cable to the a LAN port, not the internet port) using the same SSID and encryption settings. This method gives the best connection and highest speed.

    If a cable isn't available, use WDS to link the two routers together.
    In the Basic settings of each router, select "Access point + WDS" and enter the MAC address of the other router. Both routers should use the same SSID and encryption.
  3. Covenn

    Covenn LI Guru Member

    Im guessing this feature is only available on non stock firmwares ?
  4. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Not on the stock Linksys WRT54GL firmware. There are other brands of routers in this class that do have WDS in the stock firmware.
  5. unix_guy

    unix_guy LI Guru Member

    He already has WDS on his WRT54GL w/ Tomato.
    His problem is his WRT54GS v5 w/ stock firmware.
    This router, due to its limited flash, cannot run Tomato
    It can, however, run DD-WRT micro with WDS.
    It requires several steps (which I've never tried) to get it on the router, though.
    See this link:

    Note that using WDS will cut your maximum wireless throughput approximately in half: each router acts as a repeater and must retransmit to the other router every packet received from a client.
  6. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Oh ya, I missed that part. Good luck with the DD-WRT adventure....
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