WRT54G as a WAP

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by mdrandall, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. mdrandall

    mdrandall Network Guru Member

    Hi guys,

    My first post here so be gentle please.....................

    I have a WAG54G which has very poor range in its current location. As it's difficult to move, I have managed to find a WRT54G which I hope to upgrade with Satoroi or similar. However I need to keep the WAG54G for the DSL connection.

    It seems my options are:

    1) Use the WAG54G purely as a DSL modem and the WRT54G as the wireless router.

    2) Use the WAG54G as the LAN router but switch off the wireless, connect the WRT54G as purely a WAP.

    3) Dump the WAG54G and buy a DSL modem with etherent port.

    4) run the WRT54G remotely in WDS mode and accept the loss of bandwidth

    I would like to try option 2 first as this will only need 1 Cat5 cable between the two devices but should maintain max bandwidth. Can anyone advise how to set up the WRT54G as just a WAP? Even though it will be located next to the WAG54G, I can try bumping up the wireless power output of the WRT54G and fitting external aerials (my WAG54G has a moulded aerial which cannot be replaced)

    Thanks in advance
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  3. mdrandall

    mdrandall Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the speedy reply, but ubfortunately the Linksys site is on maintenance so I cna't read the article.

    I have partly managed the setup. By setting the WRT54G as a router instaed of a gateway, I can access the interent via a wireless laptop connected to the WRT - great stuff!

    However, I cannot communicate between the wireless laptop and a desktop pc connected to the WAG. Nor can I access the WAG itself at from the laptop. Likewise I cannot access the WRT at from the desktop pc.

    Still trying though...................
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    WRT54G (First Router) ----------> WRT54G (Second Router)
    During this article, the two routers will be referred to as the First router (the main router), and the Second router (the router that you are connecting to the first). The information assumes that both routers are Linksys WRT54G routers both with default factory settings to start; however, if you are familiar with the steps, they can apply to other routers and other manufacturer routers as well. Please contact the appropriate manufacturer for assistance.

    Note: Having a “Dual Router Network†can potentially cause unexpected problems during the troubleshooting process if you were to ever have a problem. Be sure to record any settings that are changed during this setup process. Settings that are changed are summarized at the end of this article.

    Configuring the “Second†router
    With the Second Router powered on, and nothing plugged into any of its network ports, hold in the Reset button on the unit for about 30 seconds.
    Connect a computer (it does not matter which one) into one of the numbered ports on the back of the Second Router, then restart or turn on that computer.
    Verify that you are getting a Link light that matches the port to which you plugged the computer into. For example, if the computer was plugged into port 2, then the Link light on the front of the router for the number 2 port should be lit.
    When the computer finishes its start up, open a web browser.
    In the “Address Bar†type and press the [Enter] key on your keyboard
    A box should appear asking for a User Name and Password. Leave the User Name field empty and type your WRT54G’s password into the Password field (The default Password is admin) and click the OK button.
    The router's Setup page should load.
    You need to change two options on this page:
    Local IP Address: change to
    DHCP Server: set to Disable
    Click on the Save Settings button toward the bottom of the page to save changes, and then close your web browser.
    Physically connecting the two routers
    Unplug the power to both the First and Second Routers.
    Take a straight-through network Ethernet patch cable and connect it to a free numbered port of the First Router (1, 2, 3, or 4), and plug the other end of the cable into port 4 of the Second Router.
    Plug the power cord first the First Router, and then the Second Router.
    At this point, the two routers are now connected and on the same network. Ports 1, 2, and 3 on the Second Router along with the remaining open ports on the First Router are now available for other devices to plug into. You also have another wireless access point on the Second Router. Be sure to change the wireless SSID and channel on the Second Router so that they do not conflict with the First Router .

    To recap the settings of both routers:
    First Router: (default factory settings)
    Local IP address:
    DHCP Server: Enable
    SSID linksys

    Second Router
    Local IP address:
    DHCP Server: Disable
    SSID linksys
    The Second Router can now be referred to as a Wireless 3-port switch.
  5. Mark_Venture

    Mark_Venture Network Guru Member

    While its a little less detailed than what Toxic posted, take a look at.... [http://www.dslreports.com/faq/3603]How do I setup my BEFW11S4 as an Access Point on a LAN[/url] While its about the Wireless-B router w/4port switch, the same steps can be used on the WRT54G to set it up as access point only.
  6. mdrandall

    mdrandall Network Guru Member

    Thanks Gents,

    I pretty much had it sorted anyway.

    This is what I did...............................

    Change local IP to (WAG54G already set to
    Disable DHCP
    Set time to local
    Set advanced routing option to "Router"
    Set advanced routing option RIP to both
    Set wireless to "G" mode only - for my network
    Set SSID to off
    Set wireless channel - I always prefer 1
    Set WEP or WAP as required
    Set MAC address access as required
    Set antenna power as required if using HyperWRT (works great for me)

    Thanks again for the advice guys
  7. frogger3d

    frogger3d Network Guru Member

    Hmm.. a bit sloppy.
  8. mdrandall

    mdrandall Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the tip but I have disabled the Wifi on the WAG54G as there is no point in running both.

    Also I have disabled the SSID braodcast on the WRT54G.

    Thanks to all
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