Will Pay Pal $$ for an answer that works!

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by guru_ck, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. guru_ck

    guru_ck LI Guru Member

    Look, if you can get this setup working successfully for me it will save me from having to order an internet connection @ $50 a month. In return I will Pay Pal you $10. Yeah it's not much but it's the thought!

    I want to wirelessly link the internet connection from a Netgear WGR614 to a Linksys WRT54G. I want both routers to be able to operate in AP mode with their own unique SSID and be able to to assign their own IPs from their own pool (192.168.1.x for the Netgear and 192.168.2.x for the Linksys).

    Keep in mind that my neighbor is unwilling to sell the Netgear and buy a Linksys so I have to work with this setup.

    What firmware do I need to run on the Linksys (Tomato is my fav) and how to configure it? I had previously bought this: http://www.buffalotech.com/products/...rnet-converter and plugged my Linksys router into that but the internet connection kept dropping.
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    I checked the web and found some conflicting reports as to the board/chipset/radio on these units, but it seems you will not be able to load something like OpenWRT or dd-wrt on the Netgear.

    Anyway, first prize would be if you somehow could enable WDS on the WGR614. Then do a WDS subnet on your WRT, etc.

    A second option may be to get another WRT54GL (note the L). With Thibor15c, Tomato, or virtually any 3rd party firmware, set this GL up as a client (note NOT client bridge) of the Netgear. The wireless of the GL would thus be on the subnet, SSID, and channel of the Netgear. Do some routing to your own subnet on the GL, then run a wired connection to your current G, which is on a wireless channel 6 channels away from the GL/Netgear, and do some routing bits there. Vollaa...

    That will cost you maybe $50 for the GL, but at least just once off, not every month.

    BTW, you can keep the $10 (or maybe $5 as I still leave some tech bits to sort out to you.....)
  3. u3gyxap

    u3gyxap Network Guru Member

    If the internet is originally coming to the Netgear router (your neighbor), then fairly simple solution would be to:
    1. Load DD-WRT v24 to the WRT54G
    2. Setup virtual interface trough the web menu, so you have one more wireless interface.
    3. Setup the physical interface to be client to your neighbor network (same channel, SSID, encryption and so on)
    4. Setup the virtual interface to be AP with a different SSID and encryption, to serve your network.
    5. Setup correct IP addresses, so you and your neighbor are on different subnets.
    6. Setup the WRT54G to use the wireless physical interface as a source for your internet connection (WAN).
    7. See if it works.
    8. If it does - drink a beer.

    Note 1 - you and you neighbor will share the same channel.
    Note 2 - since you will be using only one device, serving as client and AP simultaneously, the internet coming to your wireless devices (laptops and such) will be at 1.7MB/s max. That is about 15MBit.
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