WRT54G as an Access point.

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Willem, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. Willem

    Willem Network Guru Member

    Hello, I'm a relative newbie to the wireless world and I want to use my WRT54G as an Access point only since I currently have a stand alone computer functioning as a firewall and a wired network. I have a NetGear hub to which all my wired components are connected but I recently purchased a laptop with wireless capability and I want to give it access to my wired network.

    The problem is that there aren't any clear instructions in the manual on how to set up the WRT54G as an access point. What I've done so far is hook up the router to my hub via a LAN port on the router and then powered up the router. I then tried pointing my browser at the router by accessing to get at the Web-based utility. However, my browser just sits there and eventually says it can't find the page. I have not used the CD to install anything, thinking (and the user-manual suggest you can do this - chapter 6) I would use the Web-based utility to set everything up. Any suggestions or reading material?? Did I make a mistake by not installing the software onthe CD?

    Thanks for any suggestions or ideas.

  2. RTSAnime

    RTSAnime Network Guru Member

    simply connect the WRT54G to your network using one of the lan ports (not the wan port) and disable the DHCP server on it.
  3. Willem

    Willem Network Guru Member

    Thanks, RTSAnime for replying. I've already done what you've suggested, that is, attached my router, via one if its LAN ports, to the rest of my wired network. But when I try to get to the router via, my browser can't find the site, so I can't get to the Web-based utility to do anything, let alone disable the DHCP. That's what my problem is - even though I think that my router is hooked up correctly and turned on, a browser on another computer on the network can't get at
  4. Willem

    Willem Network Guru Member

    I had an interesting experience. I decided to try setting up the router again, this time isolating my laptop from the network, wiring only the router to the laptop. Then I turned on all the components, computer first, and when it was up, then the router. Lo and behold, after a minute I suddenly had an unsecured wireless network in range which I guessed was my own. So I connected. Now I had two connections to the router, wired and wireless. Through the wireless I was able to get at and start configuring the router. I'd always assumed that you set up the router the first time through the wired connection but it seems that you do it through the wireless connection. So, when I hit the Save Settings button however, the wireless connection went down (which makes sense, my laptop was no longer configured like the router???). I hit the factory reset button and tried it all again but was unable to get the wireless connection to come up again, no matter what I did. Does this give anyone any clues as to what I'm doing wrong or that I'm doing things in the wrong order??
  5. Zopha

    Zopha Guest

    Can you pick it up with your wireless on your laptop? Easiest way is connect a pc to the router, set it's ip to dhcp or and then try and you should get the setup screen.

    Your network devices have to be on the same subnet to see each other, if your using 192.168.1 for your own network chances are something else it useing as it's ip.
  6. netplay

    netplay Network Guru Member

    Nowhere in the prior postings is the version of your WRT54G or the version of your firmware shown.

    My 8/2/2005 posting at: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_21073384.html shows how to make the WRT54G v3 with current Linksys firmware v4.20.6 into a wireless access point with 3 LAN ports. The WAN port must be left vacant.

    I do not know if the same setup will work with other Linksys hardware and/or firmware.
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