Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by IsamuD2k2, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. IsamuD2k2

    IsamuD2k2 LI Guru Member

    I am trying to set up WDS on my WRT54G router ver 3. I need to have a wired network in our upstairs and WDS seems to be the best way. We have a wired network where the base router is in the basement. I already have the 2nd WRT54G ver 3 router. What is the best firmware, my friend loaded up Hyperwrt + tofu15c and we can not get it to work. I need the wired network upstairs for a few desktop computers, a xbox, a xbox 360 and a tivo. Am I going the right route with WDS? Any help would be great bc we have been messing with this for weeks and we can never get it up and running.

    A little more detail on my setup would be helpful: I have Bellsouth DSL, which I hate, and because of the DSL I have to clone a MAC addy, and have the gateway set at I am not sure if I am having problems bc of the MAC Clone on the main router. We have typed in both MAC addys and we can not get the WDS to work. We were doing WDS+AP. Thanks for any help you can give
  2. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

    WDS is only for signal repeating !
    In your case, the best way is probably to don't use WDS but to set the second WRT as "client bridge".
    With this mode, the WRT is no more an AP so the PCs must be plugged on it.
    You can use DD-WRT for that...
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Agree with HiSpeed. However, if you want to use WDS, make sure you specify the MAC addresses of the wireless interfaces in the WDS setup, NOT the WAN, nor the LAN MACs. I also think all the 3rd party firmwares support WDS.
  4. IsamuD2k2

    IsamuD2k2 LI Guru Member

    So with WDS the wired ports on the router will not work? I get a ok signal up stairs but my main thing is I need wired ports so I do not have to buy wireless cards for 2 desktops, Tivo, Xbox and Xbox 360. So I set the 2nd router in Bridge mode and I will get the wired network upstairs? We also have the linksys repeater but I was going to worry about that once I got the 2nd router to work. With bridge mode can I use the repeater so our network will work in our backyard? Right now the signal dies right when you walk out of the house. Thanks for your help
  5. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

    All the ports will work !

    Only wired, the second WRT (client bridge) is no more un AP, only a wireless client from the first !

    The WRE will repeat the signal from the first WRT not from the second WRT which is a client (a kind of wireless adaptor for 4 plugged PCs).
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