WAP54G as repeater for WAG54G with WPA-PSK

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by GruberMa, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. GruberMa

    GruberMa Network Guru Member


    I am running a WAG54G as internet router and WLAN access point.

    I would like to extend WLAN to a region in my house that has no coverage at the moment.

    Maybe you can answer the following questions?

    x Does the WAP54G support WPA-PSK?

    x Can the WAP54G be connected with the WAG54G via WLAN, without the need of a physical connection via ehternet cabling?

    x Who performs authentication of MAC addresses and the WPA key, the base station or the repeater?

    x Is it possible that only the base station offers DHCP addresses and not the repeater?

    I also assume, that I can work with the same SSID and that I do not have to use different ones.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WAP54G only supports WPA-PSK in access point mode only not in repeater or bridge mode. As a repeater, you enter the MAC address of the acces point you are associating with, there is no DHCP server support with stock firmware. It is suppose to only connect to another WAP54G or a WRT56G in bridge/repeater mode. As an access point it does MAC addres filtering.
  3. GruberMa

    GruberMa Network Guru Member

    Do you think that a WRE54G would have all features that I would like to use?
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The problem is the the WRE54G does not support WPA-PSK with the firmware the ships with the repeater. Linksys did release a version that did and then withdrew it in August and has bit release another version since. I did download the firmware, but it was withdrawn for security issues. I have it installed on my repeater. I would suggest that you upgrade the antennas. if possible on your WAG54G. WDS is not compatible across manufacturers, so you cannot mix and match. Another alternative is to use a WRT54G as an access point and to use the Hyperwrt firmware and boost the power out. Do not go too high since it increase noise levels; All consumer repeaters halve the bandwidth since thye have only one radio.
    The WRE54G also defeats MAC address filtering, since it retransmits the packets with its own MAC address, which I confirmed with Linksys. I checked the Linksys site and the WAG54G does not list WPA-PSK.
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