WDS from WRT54G to Apple Extreme Base Station (AEBS)

Discussion in 'Sveasoft Firmware' started by beeblebrox, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. beeblebrox

    beeblebrox Network Guru Member

    I've been struggling over the last few days to get my Linksys WRT54G router to act as a main base station for my AEBS in remote Base Station / WDS extender.

    After reading a the steps required for the Airport Express, I was sure that it could be done, I just couldn't get it to work for a while. I figured I should document the steps in case anyone else is having the same problem.

    Because of the placement of the water heater and furnace in my house, coverage in my living room is very poor. What's the point of wireless if you can't use it on the couch?

    The WRT54G has 6dB antennae which help some, but signal strength is still poor. Boosting transmit power to the max (84mw) didn't help any. I tried using the AEBS with a high-gain antenna and had similar results.

    I use the WRT54G as a router since it has (in my opinion) better features for port forwarding, DHCP, etc.

    In order to make sure that it was actually working, I turned off the AirPort in my PB and connected to the LAN port on the AEBS with some Cat5. I accessed the Linksys from a 2nd computer that was connected to it with Cat5.

    Step 1: Get and install the Sveasoft 4.0 firmware for the WRT54G. http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=8

    Step 2: Reset the AEBS to default by holding the reset button for 15 seconds.

    Step 3: Configure the WRT54G for WDS. I'm only going to point out the stuff that I feel should be set for certain. Look at the following settings:
    - Wireless -> Basic Settings
    - Wireless Mode: AP
    - Wireless Network Mode: Mixed (or whatever is
    - Wireless Network Name (SSID): [Whatever you want]
    - Wireless Channel: [Anything from 1-11]
    - Wireless SSID Broadcast: Enable

    - Wireless -> Security
    - Security Mode: Disable

    - Wireless -> MAC Filter
    - Wireless MAC Filter: Disable

    - Wireless -> WDS
    - There's no label, but set a pulldown to "LAN".
    - In the boxes to the right, enter the AEBS "Airport ID".
    It should start with 00:0A:
    - Lazy WDS: Disable
    - WDS Subnet: Disable

    - Security -> Firewall
    - Firewall Protection: Disable
    - Uncheck "Block Anonymous Internet Requests"

    - Administration -> Management
    - Loopback: Disable

    - Status -> Wireless
    - Write down the MAC Address.

    Step 4: Configure the AEBS
    - Choose "Internet Connection" from the buttons on the left
    - Connect via: AirPort (WDS)
    - Primary MAN Address: Put the MAC address from the
    - Choose "Show All Settings" from the buttons on the left
    - Channel: [Whatever you put as the Linksys channel]
    - Hit Update.

    Step 5: Check the WDS
    - On the Linksys:
    - Status -> Wireless
    You should see lines that looks similar to:
    "Rate: 54 mbps" (11 mbps if you have a .11b device active)
    "WDS Signal: 00:0A:95:F4:56:EE rssi -35"
    This means that the routers "see" each other and are talking at 54 mbps.
    If the WDS is not working, the rate will read "1 mbps".
    - On the AEBS:
    - "Show Summary" from the buttons on the left
    The "Public (WAN) IP Address" should be in the range
    assigned by your Linksys
    - On the PowerBook:
    - You should be able to access the net. Load
    http://www.apple.com/ in Safari.

    Step 6: Secure the network
    I did this a little different that other instructions I've seen. You can also generate the WEP key on the linksys and enter the 26 digit code on the AEBS. You just have to prefix it with a "$". (You can verify that you entered it correctly with the "Password" button.)
    - On the AEBS:
    - "Name and Password" from the buttons on the left
    - Hit "Change Wireless Security"
    - Wireless Security: 128 bit WEP
    - Enter a network password, hit OK
    - Hit the "Password" button at the top of the window,
    write it down
    - "Show All Settings" from the buttons on the left
    - Click "Base Station Options"
    - Uncheck all options under "WAN Port Settings"
    - Hit "Update"

    - On the WRT54G:
    - Wireless -> Security
    Security Mode: WEP
    Default Transmit Key: 1
    WEP Encryption: 128 bits 26 hex digits
    Key 1: [The WEP key from the AEBS]
    "Save Settings"

    You may have to restart the AEBS for it to join the WDS network again.
  2. ozzieet

    ozzieet Guest

    i run into a problem with step 4. i can't make these changes anywhere with the Aiport Express. Any suggestions?
  3. beeblebrox

    beeblebrox Network Guru Member

    I haven't used an Airport Express. I'm using two Airport Extreme (the white cone-shaped things) along with my WRT54G.
  4. nottelling

    nottelling Network Guru Member

    I tried doing this with a WRT54g and a Belkin 802.11b router. I followed all of the instructions located here, but the Step 4 confused me quite a bit since I obviously wasn't using a AEBS. Can someone steer me in the direction to getting this to work in my situation. Right now my status says...

    MAC Address: 00:0C:XX:XX:XX:XX
    Mode: AP
    Network: B-Only
    SSID: nottelling
    DHCP Server: Enabled
    Channel: 6
    Rate: 11 mbps
    Encryption: Disabled
    Clients: 00:03:XX:XX:XX:XX rssi -58
    WDS Signal: 00:30:XX:XX:XX:XX rssi 0
  5. adoti

    adoti Network Guru Member

    Yeah, I think he ment Express not Extreme? But doesnt explain step 4 disconnect. Anybody ever get an update?
  6. macconvert

    macconvert Network Guru Member

    wrt54g and airport exreme

    works well as bridge with airport extreme.
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