WAP54G to WAP54G wireless repeater connection problem

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by fredo_c, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. fredo_c

    fredo_c Network Guru Member

    Actually, it's not so much a problem as in there's just no connection between the two. :cry:

    I have a D-Link non-wireless four-port router at, and one WAP54G at Everything works fine, and has for close to a year.

    Now, I have a second WAP54G access point. To set it up for repeating the first WAP54G, I hook it to a second port of the D-link router, run the CD-setup program, and give it an IP of (one number away from the first WAP54G). The SSID and channels are set the same as the first WAP54G. I also give each one a unique AP device name (linus and lucy).

    I then use IE 6 to go into the Web-based setup program for the second WAP54G -- lucy -- at to set it up as the repeater for the first WAP54G (linus). I type in the MAC of the first WAP54G in the Wireless Repeater setup box. Then, I save everything, pull the Ethernet connection from the second WAP54G, and it doesn't link to anything. I get a red power and green activity light, but no orange link light. I can find the second WAP54G broadcasting a signal, but a connection doesn't result in anything transmitted to the first AP and subsequently through the Net.

    I'm a newbie at this, so maybe I've gotten this completely backward. I'm assuming that the AP that stays with the Ethernet-cable connection to the router is the AP, and the sateillite AP is the repeater. (I know it's dumb, but I have to ask to eliminate it as a problem.) After that, I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

    Both APs are on 2.07 Linksys firmware, BTW.

    Any help?
  2. Fieldmarshall

    Fieldmarshall Network Guru Member

    The non-wired WAP54G is the repeater.

    As the WAP54G doesn't have some setting for WDS, I think it's impossible to repeat a WAP54G, or at least with the standard firmware. Maybe some 3rd party (possibly sveasoft's) provides this functionality...

    I'm not very sure about this, but as you need in general to set the MAC address of the repeater in the unit which is being repeated as well (in fact both devices must know about each other). The standard Linksys firmware doesn't offer such an option, so I guess it's impossible to repeat a WAP54G with the standard firmware...
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Page 44 of the user manual of the WAP54G indicates that it can be used as a repeater for either a WRT54G or a WAP54G. It must have the same channel and WEP key. You did not speify the type of encription you are using. It will not support WPA-PSK in repeater mode. It does not have to be physically connected to your network. You entered the MAC address of the other WAP54G and selected repeater and saved your selection. The firmware is the correct level on your WAP54Gs. If should work as long as you setup the security correctly. The Instructions from the user manual follows:

    Wireless-G Access Point
    Wireless Repeater - When set to Wireless Repeater mode, the Wireless Repeater is able to talk to one remote
    access point within its range and retransmit its signal. (This feature only works with Linksys WAP54G and
    To configure a Wireless Repeater environment, click Wireless Repeater and enter the LAN MAC address of the
    remote access point in the Remote AP MAC Address field.
  4. fredo_c

    fredo_c Network Guru Member

    Many thanks for the responses. I'm now able to puzzle out the problem.

    This is a newbie mistake :oops: but I didn't carefully read the one word on the setup page, which is to enter the MAC address for a wireless repeater to a REMOTE access point. So, as I'm reading it, the setup for Wireless Repeater needs to be on the AP that's cabled to the network, as it's broadcasting exclusively to the second, non-cabled remote AP. And, because of this, the cable AP isn't receiving signals, as shown in the Linksys manual.

    Or, has a visual aid in a catalog gotten me confused again?
  5. harshl

    harshl Network Guru Member

    I have another problem that falls in line with this thread. It is not really a big deal, but I wanted to see what other peoples opinions are.

    I also have two WAP54G access points, one running in repeater mode. It works perfectly fine as I have it configured now. However I wanted to turn off the SSID broadcast just for an added layer of stealth/security. All machines can connect to either access point just fine when I turn it off, however the access points will no longer connect to each other.

    Has anyone else ever tried this? I was also wondering if there is some way to tell if the AP's are connected to each other, and how the connection is established.

    Not a big deal, just wanted to see what others had to say.

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