Two WRT54Gs bridged with wire

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by gifty74, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. gifty74

    gifty74 Guest

    I have been searching multiple forums for a while now, and I cannot find an instance of someone in this situation (as hard as you might find that to believe). Here's my situation:

    - I have a WRT54G upstairs connected to my cable modem, and one hard wired PC.
    - I have another WRT54G that I just bought and I want to hook it up downstairs to get better wireless reception.
    - My house is wired with CAT5, so what I want to do is hard wire the two routers together and use wireless on both of them (or just the downstairs router if you can only enable it on one).

    I don't want to bridge the routers wirelessly, but I basically want to put a wireless access point downstairs where we do all of our wireless connecting, and keep another one upstairs where I have my cable modem, desktop PC, and slingbox all wired up. Can someone explain how to do this? I've been looking at all of the alternative firmware, and I'm pretty familiar with networking settings, etc.
  2. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    - you can enable/disable the wireless on the 54G in the settings if you choose to
    - be careful if you have not bought the routers yet that recent WRT54G cannot load 3rd party firmware and are known to have some problems. WRT54GL are recommended (or any other router accepting the firmware you want)
    - To do what you want, you may not even need 3rd party firmware. I'll call your current router (connected to the cable modem) 54G1 and the new router 54G2. Configure 54G2 so that it is in router mode, fixed IP. Configure it as a static IP on your network, with gateway and DNS set as 54G1. Connect a cable between 54G1 LAN and 54G2 WAN. You should be set.
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