Single WRT54G in client mode and AP at the same time?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mibii, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. mibii

    mibii Addicted to LI Member

    Hi there,

    I'm new user for this forum. Just registered and I'm pleased with the information I got so far. Thank you everyone.

    I browsed around but still cannot find a clear answer. Maybe the posts I went through are not the correct ones, maybe I cannot find the correct ones... anyway.

    I'm getting Internet from my friend via wireless. He's using Netgear WGT624 v3, I'm using two Linksys, one WRT54Gv1.1 and WRT54Gv4.

    My WRT54Gv1.1 is setup in Wireless Ethernet Bridge but with that configuration I could connect only with a cable to the built-in switch if I'd like to have Internet. So I connected another WRT54Gv4 via its WAN port to one of the LAN ports of the WRT54Gv1.1 and everything works great. I'm attaching schema to show what exactly I'm doing today.

    I tried both "wireless client" and "wireless ethernet bridge". No big difference except the fact when is just a client it acts as a router and in "wireless ethernet bridge" mode it acts on as a bridge. In "wireless ethernet bridge" mode one hope less, faster connection but I'm unable to touch my own router to see the level of the wifi signal.


    My question: Can I eliminate one of my Linksys routers I have and have one of the routers to be wireless client and wireless access point at the same time so I'll be able to browse Internet? I "yes", how?

    Thank you in advance.
  2. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    What you're looking for is called WDS. It lets your router forward wireless packets to another router. You can only use this if both your router and your neighbor's router support this.

    Searching for WDS on this web site and on the web should give you the info you're looking for.
  3. mibii

    mibii Addicted to LI Member

    No, I don't look for WDS. I gave the model of the Netgear because of that. It doesn't support it.
  4. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    Unfortunately, I think you've answered your own question. If the two routers don't support WDS, then I don't think you can do wireless to wireless forwarding. Maybe someone else will have a better solution. Good luck.
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