Remote (Wireless) setup of WRT54G

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by TheDarkSide, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. TheDarkSide

    TheDarkSide Network Guru Member

    Hi All, I'm not a techie so please forgive me!!

    My friend has just had ADSL installed into his old house, he has had to move his PC downstairs and connect it directly into the telephony Point of Entry (PoE) as the telephony extention wires up the stairs are of a poor quality. He wants to use the PC upstairs and eventaully generate a wireless network within the house for another PC and a laptop.

    Is it possible to leave the modem downstairs connected to the PoE, attach a WRT54G to the modem and then wireless network his PC from upstairs (with a PCI wireless card), eventaully wireless networking both PCs and the laptop (also with PCI cards).

    This will entail setting up the router over the wireless network, no physical connection.

    Is this possible and what are the pitfalls?

    Many thanks for your help.

    Dave Mac
  2. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    Yes this is easy, the WLAN and LAN ports are bridged by default and theres no encryption or anything setup on initial startup so you can just put a wireless network card in the pc, plug in the AP and connect up to the Linksys wlan then follow the instructions to configure the router, the only downside to this is you'll have to send your WEP / WPA key in plaintext the first time you turn it on, however this is a very very small risk as someone would have to be activly sniffing your network at the exact moment you set this setting...
    you could also bring the modem upstairs, plug it in via cat-5, set it up then move it downstairs and connect it to the internet.
  3. TheDarkSide

    TheDarkSide Network Guru Member


    Many thanks for your prompt reply. Will now go ahead and purchase.

    Dave Mac
  4. somms

    somms Network Guru Member

  5. TheDarkSide

    TheDarkSide Network Guru Member


    Great price if I was in the US (add another $35 for postage, insurance and import tax)!!

    Cheapest I can find over here in the UK is about £37 (on EBay) , which I have ordered.

    But thanks for the thought.

    Dave Mac
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