Westell DSL modem and WRT54G

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by mattbeals, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. mattbeals

    mattbeals Guest

    I'm demoing Verizon DSL at the moment, I have Comcast cable already, and would like to expand the coverage of my wireless network (Apple PowerBook Aluminum). Is it possible to wirelessly use the WRT54G to expand my network with the existing Westell Versalink 327W? It has all the features of the WRT54G already plus the DSL modem inside. My goal would be to have the Westell on one side of the house "linking" with the WRT on the other side using only DSL (since cable is way too expensive). Is this possible? Is it as simple as using the same SSID, different channel and DHCP, WEP and MAC filtering?
  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    d/l satori from this site and update the firmware of the wrt with it

    then read in the manual on the wds setup.
    wds is wireless distribution system, or something like that. it basically extends the range of an ap by connecting to the existing ap and making magic little men carry packets to and from it. not really but who cares why it works because it works.

    pretty simple but it will cut the bandwidth in half (not dsl) 54Mbps = @26Mbps with wds. minus normal overhead and whatever
    good luck
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Satori may not work with the Westell Versalink 327, since it has a TI chipset, where as most Linksys equipment have Broadcom chipsets. There is no IEEE standard for WDS, so manufacturers implement if differently and there is no guarantee that WDS will function between the Versalink and the WRT54G. You can use the WRT54G as an access point by connecting the WRT54G through one of its LAN ports, and setting it as a router in advanced routing. You have to resolve the conflict in default IP addresses, since both the Versalink and the WRT54G are defaulted to Linksys has information on connecting two routers in the knowledge base or I can provide you with that information if you decide to go that route.
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