setup help for WDS(AP) with two WRT54GS v1.0 routers

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by LiquidAtoR, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. LiquidAtoR

    LiquidAtoR Network Guru Member

    Hello everyone,

    I'm experiencing problems with setting up WDS(AP) between two WRT54GS v1.0 routers.
    I've read trough the forums here, but seems that most thing apply on older firmware versions (tricks, commandline, scripts etc.).

    I don't want to mess around too much so rather ask the experienced ones here for a little (and up2date) howto for setting up WDS(AP) between them.

    Both routers are flashed with the latest firmware (Firmware Versionv4.70.6 - HyperWRT 2.1b1 + Thibor11) and there are some issues resolved with bittorrent and sorts.

    How should I proceed in setting these things up.
    For some reason router 1 doesn't see router 2 and viceversa (in the device list option they are listed, however without an IP so not pingable etc.).
    I've tried quite a few things from the forums, but rather have a definitive working solution.

    Situation :

    Router A is connected trough a modem to the internet (22 mbit line), from that connection there are 2 wired PC's and 1 wireless PC and a wireless laptop. This router is standing on ground floor.

    Router B I want to connect trough this WDS(AP) stuff so I can connect several wired clients to this router.
    Encryption etc is not that important, most important is, how am I goin go get this to work?

    Alas, thanks for your time reading this story, and I hope for a working solution soon.

    GreetzZz, Mike.
  2. scotkb

    scotkb Network Guru Member

    On the first router (one connected to internet), do all the normal configurations, etc.

    In the wireless section, change from AP to WDS-AP, G only (hope your wireless clients are all G), add the second router's MAC to the bridge restrict list, enable bridge restrict.

    On the second router, disable the WAN and DHCP. Disable the firewall security. If you only want wired clients, then select WDS in the wireless section (connects back to first router wireless but does not serve any wireless clients). Also select G only and add the first routers MAC to the bridge restrict list and enable bridge restrict.

    The SSID and channel should be the same.

    As I have stated in other posts (learned the hard way), it is a VERY good idea to erase nvram and restore factory defaults before AND after flashing firmware.

    hope this helps.
  3. LiquidAtoR

    LiquidAtoR Network Guru Member

    @skotkb, thanks for your reply. I've tried your way, no go unfortunately.

    I've tried already many things.
    The second router doesn't see the first one and other way around.
    I can't ping them nor access them trough one another.

    I've for now reversed to original linksys firmware on my main router, and connected one of the PC's upstairs with a wireless card again. The rest of the PC's will have to wait.

    The second router doesn't see the first router trough WDS or WDS-AP, all I get is in overview on the second router is DNS which is the first router's IP. I don't see IP for access point, not Gateway etc.
    However the first router is diplayed in devices overview, so where it goes wrong, I have no idea.
    I've checked the settings over and over again (for SSID, channel, settings etc etc.) disabled everything that has to be disabled, even tried to set the second routers IP in DMZ on the first one, clear NVRAM, reinstalled the firmware, rebooted several times on change of settings etc. etc.

    For now I have given up as I need internet obviously and don't have the time to experience around with commandline options as decribed in the forums on several occasions. Anyways some commandline or startup options are already adressed in the latest firmware update( like lazywds and timeout settings for use with p2p programs).

    Would be very gratefull if thibor or someone else involved could whip up a complete howto or something according to his latest firmware version 11 (17122005) and WDS(AP) installation. Because the stuff posted here and there are done with older firmware versions that don't have all the options and newer settings that the latest version does have.

    Thanks again, Mike.
  4. Goknicks

    Goknicks Network Guru Member

    LiquidAtor: I previously used Hyperwrt Thybor for WDS for both my routes, it didn't work.
    Using dd-wrt, it works great....

    I just configured my 2 routers (wrt54gs v2.1 - host and wrt54g v4 as birdge/repeater). You have to use dd-wrt v23. I use dd-wrt v23 beta 2 mini for the wrt54g v4 and dd-wrt v23 standard for my wrt54gs v3. It works great.

    To configure you can follow the setup configuration at:

    Since I just got it working, I haven't tried using WPA, yet. However, using WEP it works great....

    Read dd-wrt installation guide (the wiki) at

    To download

    Good luck
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