using 2 routers, wanting one as access point

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Xamien, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. Xamien

    Xamien Network Guru Member

    Hi there, new to the forum.

    My father has two routers, the WRT54G and its B counterpart. For whatever reason, he chooses to use the B as the gateway for providing internet access throughout the house. However, in the back of the house where the bedrooms are, signal strength is poor. He wants to plug up his G router in between the office and the bedrooms, disable everything except its access point, and basically use it as a range extender.
    However, I don't really understand the setup in the web-based configuration utility enough to figure out how to do exactly this. Pointers, please?
  2. Xamien

    Xamien Network Guru Member

    Nevermind... apparently one of them is v5 so it can't be done, I suppose.
  3. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    If your router came with an installation CD you should insert it and on the setup screen click on USER GUIDE. This will show you how to better configure and understand your router and how you can use it. Wireless routers -G can connect both "G" and "B" devices, so your gateway should be the "B" router.


    Both routers should have: DHCP enabled, use WEP encrypiton, the GATEWAY router should use the propper setting to connect to your ISP (contact your ISP for more info.), the "G' router should use "Automatic configuration-DHCP" or something like that and its GATEWAY address should be the IP address of your "B" router.

    You should ask your ISP for the rest of the settings such as their DNS server IP addresses. Also, you should contact your router's manufacturer, Ex: LINKSYS, for advanced settings.
  4. Xamien

    Xamien Network Guru Member

    There's a problem here. The B router is the one currently connected to the internet. That's supposed to be the one used as a gateway, isn't it?
  5. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    You didn't specify if you were able to hardwire the routers or if you wanted to connect them wirelessly, if you were hardwiring them, plug the lan ports together from the B to the G and turn off DHCP server on the G one and you should be good, if you wanted to do it wirelessly you'd need to use WDS which requires 2 routers that support custom firmware and niether the v5 or the B router do so your out of luck in that dept.

    If you wanted to spend the money you could either get a linksys range expander or a linksys gaming adaper (set the game adapter to connect to the B router then plug the network cord into the internet side of the G router)
  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You have to set the WRT54G as a router not gateway under advanced routing. The WRE54G repeater is an expensive approach, and unless it has firmware version 1.06.05, it may not connect to the wireless B router. The list price of the WRE54G is about one hundred dollars.
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