Two WRT54GS as bridge... After a router!

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by netphreak, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. netphreak

    netphreak Network Guru Member

    Alright, here's the setup I am hoping to get running:

    In my basement:
    ADSL modem - mOnOwall router/firewall ( - switch - 2 desktops

    Second floor:
    1 desktop, network audio player and some other stuff.

    Now, I want to add a WRT54GS in each of the locations, to get one network (all units should be in the subnet) Is this possible? Will DD-WRT be a good firmaware?

    Any links to good reading or detailed answers are greatly appreciated :)
  2. pablito

    pablito Network Guru Member

    Lots of reading around here and elsewhere on this and general networking.. :)

    The easiest way is to run one cable between the floors and connect the APs into the switch (don't use the WAN ports). Everyone is then on the same subnet. I would run each AP on the same ESSID and security but different channels, then you have roaming. Or just run one AP that can serve both floors. You can run a switch off the AP to reach more wired users.

    If you can't run a cable then you'll need a firmware that can do client mode/ bridging/ whatever mode to link the networks. Bridge is what will put everything on the same network.

    But if you want more security you'll want to isolate segments; also easy to do but gets a little more complicated if you want to do SWT (stupid windows tricks TM.) :) But it is all doable once you define your needs.
  3. netphreak

    netphreak Network Guru Member

    Yes, lots of good reading here, but since I'm not very good at networking, many things remains unclear to me...

    No, cabling between the locations is (unfortunately) not an option. Bridge you say, sounds reasonable - but what's up with this WDS thing? I hope this is not what I would need, since I understand it cut the bandwidth quite a bit between the locations? Could I set up both my WRT's as bridge?

    Security is of course always an issue, but with WPA2 one should feel pretty safe atm, right?
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    what version of WRT54GS do you have?
  5. netphreak

    netphreak Network Guru Member

    CGN4 and CGN5
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