Wap11 and wrt54g

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by dunebug, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. dunebug

    dunebug Network Guru Member

    I would like to connect a wap11 that I have to my friend's wrt54g. The setup program says this is possible, but I haven't been able to figure out how to do it yet.

    Some suggestions I have found on these forums are to
    -Configure the wrt54g with the wap11's MAC address
    -Configure both with the same encryption settings
    -Configure both with the same SSID
    -Set the wap11 to access point client mode

    I'd like to know if these two will connect and allow me to network if I do these things.

    I'd also like to know what they mean by "configure the wrt54g with the wap11's MAC address";
    Does that mean to add the wap11's MAC to the wrt54g's accept list of MAC addresses or does it mean to literally change the wrt54g's mac address to match the wap11's (this wouldn't make sense to me from an ip point of view). Or does it mean something else I'm not aware of?

    Finally I'd like to know whether access point client mode is really the best for this, and whether any of the other modes might work. I experimented a bit and could only get data packets to go back and forth with one of the modes. I was never able to network, but I had not tried all of the steps I listed above.

    I've seen this type of question concerning both the wap11 and the wap54g several times in several forms, but I think they are all the same question fundamentally. Hopefully we'll find a definitive answer with this post.

  2. dunebug

    dunebug Network Guru Member

    input from linksys

    well nobody wants to reply so I will. I've been going back and forth with linksys for two weeks and finally they responded with some suggestions once I emailed them a screenshot that says the wap11 is compatible with the wrt54gc.

    Below is what they said; keep in mind that I asked if I could receive an internet signal from a wrt54g into my wap11, and then connect multiple computers to that wap11/internet signal using a wrt54gc router.

    Dear Jon,

    Thank you once again for contacting Linksys Technical Support.

    Sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you. Thank you for the screenshot. This file screenshot surely shocks all technicians and product management.

    Anyway, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Let us try to make it work then. With your screen shot, it appears that you have been trying to configure the device in Access Point Client mode.

    What you need is to repeat the signal coming in from the wireless router and pass the connection over to the Ethernet for the WRT54GC to connect with.

    The mode that you need is the Wireless Bridge mode. Also please be noted that the MAC Address you need to put in the field is the Wireless Mac Address of the WRT54G which can be found under the Status page of the router and then click on Wireless tab for the Wireless Mac Address.

    After setting the same wireless network and the encryption settings, your computer may able to have internet connection over through the WAP11. At this point, you may then connect the same Ethernet port over to the Internet port of the WRT54GC and you may create your own wireless network with completely different wireless settings and security.

    Please be noted that all of this will be possible only if the WAP11 receive strong enough signal in order to make a stable connection. You may use a wireless computer placed in the same location of the access point and make sure it will have a stable connection.
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