WDS with WRT54G v5 ?Is now possible

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by RichDaly, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. RichDaly

    RichDaly Serious Server Member

    Hi all,

    I have read lots of stuff about this but being a network newbie I am still a little unsure if this is now possible. Also it is a while since some of it has been updated.

    Mysetup is a generic ISP supplied Modem router (wireless but poor range) cabled to WRT54G v5 (Firmware v1.02.8) to increase the wireless range.
    However there are still areas in the house with poor wireless coverage so I wish to extend the wireless network. I cannot run cables to another AP.

    I have a Netgear DG834N which has been firmware updated to allow WDS.

    I believe I have to alter the WRT firmware to allow WDS
    I have examined this article which shows how it is done using Alchemy:


    I believe that this is not possible with v5.

    I also believe Tomato is not available.

    I believe DD-WRT is a possibility with v5 however I run OSX so I will have to download a TFTP client, I think & follow this:


    or this:


    What are my options?

    1. Just do it with DD-WRT, as above?
    2. Buy a new router that supports WDS - Which one?
    3. Go for powerline ethernet & plug wireless APs to this?
    4. Something else?

    Thanks all
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The problem is that is there is no standard between manufacturers on the implementation of WDS, so implementation of WDS between your WRT54Gv5 is problematic and close to impossible. Are you trying to use the WRT54Gv5 or the Netgear as a wireless bridge or a repeater? If so I would try something else. Consumer routers usually only have one radio and function well as repeaters, since they cut throughput in half.
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