Using a second router as a client?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by ErikTheRed, May 9, 2007.

  1. ErikTheRed

    ErikTheRed Network Guru Member

    The How-To video on the Tomato site for client-mode doesn't quite do it for me. I follow those steps on the second router and then it shows the status as if it's connected but when I hookup my laptop to this router it can't get anywhere but to the client router. I had this working one time with dd-wrt, but I can't remember what the extra steps were like. Can anyone give me some good instructions on how to do this?
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Theres many different ways, is the second router connect wired or wirelessly?
  3. digitalgeek

    digitalgeek Network Guru Member

    are you sure dhcp is disabled, the routers ip is set statically and the gateway and dns are set to the first routers ip?
  4. ErikTheRed

    ErikTheRed Network Guru Member

    I have it connected wirelessly.
  5. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Under Basic/network settings what wireless mode do you have chosen? And depending on how you have it set up the previous questions are valid.
  6. ErikTheRed

    ErikTheRed Network Guru Member

    Ok, I've attached a screenshot of my basic settings. Are these correct? I would assume not as the client router isn't working as it should, ie; I'm not getting an ip while plugged into it.

    Edit: The device list page on the main router shows the client connected, but I can't access it or ping it.

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  7. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Ok the ssid of the main router should be nexus and make sure you are using a different lan ip range that what is being used on the main router. Also make sure encryption matches, thats about all there is to it, if connected that way the wireless client will pull a dhcp address from the main router and issue dhcp to your lan. Just know that configured this way, the wireless client router will not be accessable via wireless. You will have to get wireless from the main router or connect wired to the client router. Hope that wasnt to confusing.
  8. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    I've never set one up in client mode (I use WDS), but I assume you'd need the second router to have the WAN and LAN on separate subnets. Try changing "Router IP Address" under LAN to, or similar (anything different than 192.168.1.x). Right now the router is assuming that all the 192.168.1.x addresses you are wanting to access are on the LAN side.
  9. ErikTheRed

    ErikTheRed Network Guru Member

    Is there any way to have the wired connections to the client using 192.168.1.x addresses? I swear I had it setup this way before with dd-wrt, but I can't remember exactly what I did.

    I made sure the ssid, channel, and encryption is all the same.
  10. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Then it sounds like you want WDS mode and i believe the reply earlier from DigitalGeek would be appropriate.
  11. ErikTheRed

    ErikTheRed Network Guru Member

    Client-bridged mode is what I was thinking of this whole time...oops.
  12. inaninck

    inaninck Addicted to LI Member

    I have set it up the client wireless option (not bridge) this afternoon. At first it did not work but then I realized that when you have MAC filtering enabled, you must allow the MAC of the 2nd router to connect router#1. Logical, but not the first thing to think of...., at least not me.....

    Now it works flawlessly :tongue:
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