Using WRT54GS as a range booster?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by dog-man, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. dog-man

    dog-man Network Guru Member

    Is it possible to use a wrt54gs as a range booster?

    If so, how?

    I had to buy a new router as my trusty wrt54gs would not allow ports to be forwarded properly, no matter what I did.

    Rather than leave it just gathering dust, I was wondering if the above is possible to get some use from it.

    I live in a very large Victorian house and could do with the extra range.

  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    WDS if your new router supports it or use the wrt as a wireless client.
  3. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    As a repeater? No.
  4. leenar

    leenar LI Guru Member

    Use it in repeater mode. You'll need open source firmware like DD-WRT. It will also allow you to boost the power somewhat. A high gain antenna(s) can help too.
  5. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    Attached Files:

  6. dog-man

    dog-man Network Guru Member

    Thank You, I will look into this.

  7. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    For starters dog-man, if you load 3rd party firmware on your GS I'm sure you'll get the port forwarding sorted.

    Be sure you understand the concepts WDS, Repeater, etc. before you venture into those.

    (Useless info: Strictly speaking, no device with a single radio can be a pure "repeater", i.e. whatever comes in goes out at boosted strength and incoming speed.)
  8. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    what version of WRT54GS do you have? if you want to just Boost your routers signal then Thibor's Hyperwrt or Tomato will do this without adding any "repeater / WDS mode"
    as long as your WRT54GS is v1-v4
  9. dog-man

    dog-man Network Guru Member

    I was using the latest version of Thibor's Hyperwrt firmware.

    The version of wrt54gs is V1.1.

    Even with this firmware, I could not properly open ports for what I wanted. Just basic port opening worked fine.

    Maybe I missed something withing the configuration settings, but it's too late now, as I am now using a Netgear mimo modem / router which does not have such a powerful signal as the wrt54gs despite the adverting stating it has incredible range. Appart from that it seems to be an excellent router and configuration possibilities are very simple to undersatnd and very extensive.

    I just want to boost my range of signal and avoid purchasing yet another box if I possibly can. I have so many boxes / gadgets gathering dust.

  10. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    MIMO APs work well with MIMO adapters. With normal G adapters you don't really get the MIMO benefits.
  11. dog-man

    dog-man Network Guru Member

    I have read this and it looks like it is just what I am looking for, however.................

    In the configuration it only mentions allowing DHCP. I would prefer not to allow DHCP, is there any way I can avoid this and allocate ip's as normal?

    I am guessing the answer is NO, as it would cause conflicts?

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