wds with wrt54g v 5

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bethk, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. bethk

    bethk LI Guru Member


    I want to extrend the range of a wireless router using a wrt54g v 5.
    I have read tutorials but they use third party software to configure the WRt54g. I understand that you can't use third party firmware in this router. Can I use the existing firmware or is that not possible?

  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    It may be possible to use lazy WDS with stock firmware, assuming the wireless router that you want to repeat can do WDS. If memory serves, the v5 has lazy WDS turned on by default. A better bet would be to load dd-wrt micro, which you CAN load on the v5. Check www.dd-wrt.com for instructions for your exact model, and make sure you follow it to the letter.
  3. bethk

    bethk LI Guru Member

    Thanks so much.....as you suggest I loaded dd-wrt micro.

    I didn't want to mess with the other router in this setup because of my VERY LIMITED abilities..... so rather than a WDS I set up a wireless bridge...which was a snap using DD-WRT micro firmware and a tutorial on dd-wrt.com. I was able to position the router in the room that had signal problems to get a nice strong signal. Much improved Internet connection speeds.

    Thank you very much.

  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Good to hear!
  5. n.green

    n.green Guest

    I am going to do this tomorrow. have to go get a second wrt54g, I did set my up with DD-WRT firmware tonite. My question is with the new DD_WRT firmware can you use wpa2 encryption on the wireless? I have seen some say yes and some say no so i am a bit confused on the matter
  6. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    n.green, if you are going to get a 2nd WRT, get the WRT54GL. This is the best one of the currently available WRT54xx's.

    Dunno about WPA2. Suggest you test, and if it does not work, use WPA, as that definitely works. Make sure you use AES encryption, whatever the WPA scheme.
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