WRT54G as Bridge - Your Thoughts Please

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by opearmain, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. opearmain

    opearmain Network Guru Member


    I currently have a WRT54G (linksys firmware) upstairs. I would like to wirelessly bridge a connection to my downstairs so I can hook up a server and an xbox.

    I am considering getting a WET54G which should obviously do the job perfectly straight out the box. My other option is getting another WRT54G and installing some custom firmware with bridging capabilities.....

    I have a few doubts about the WRT54G however. Stability and reliabilty are very important, I don't really want to have to be power cycling the bridge frequently. Does any one have any experience with this setup? How realiable is it? What firmware do you use?


    If I put speedbooster capable firmware on both the WRT54G will I get speedbooster speeds accros the wireless bridge? (Do all/any versions of the WRT54G support speedbooster?)

    Any expert opinions greatly appeciated.
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    PM WirelessInn, he has such a bridge running AFAIK (http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=49820).

    Speedbooster is a software thing, so theoretically all WRT routers can support it. However:
    1) You need a WRT with enough RAM and flash space to handle such firmware.
    2) Speedbooster is slightly overrated IMHO - Frameburst seems to make more of a difference.
    3) Speedbooster/Fameburst may only work in certain instances.
    4) If you have a G router, and you load custom firmware, you may also have to change your board flags to get Speedbooster going (not a big deal to change it).

    Search for the autopsy on this site (dunno where it went...), which will give you some info on the different WRT routers.
  3. LukeDT

    LukeDT Guest

  4. opearmain

    opearmain Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the replies, just as a follow up....

    I've bought another WRT54G and have loaded DD-WRT 2.3 SP1 onto both of them. After some further investigation I discovered WDS (which I hadn't heard of before) so I'm not using the "client router" in bridging mode, I'm sharing the connection with WDS. Works like an absolute charm. I am thoroughly impressed with the DD-WRT firmware, it has loads of features.

    PS: I followed this gude to set it up: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/WDS

    Haven't tried the speedbooster options yet might give it a go later.
  5. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Cool opearmain. Just bear in mind, in case you are a speed freak, WDS will half your wireless speed.
  6. opearmain

    opearmain Network Guru Member

    WDS will halve my speed? Even if the only wireless devices I have are the two WRT54G ?

    EDIT: Ignore the above I've just read the WDS explanation on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wds) and it explains why you lose the throughput.

    Unfortunately throughput is of high importance (hence me asking about speedbooster). Maybe I'll be better using wireless brigde mode I'll have to give this a try!

    Can anyone recomend a good method of test wireless tranmission rates other than just moving a file in windows explorer and timing it?
  7. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    You get fancy software, such as that used by TomsNetworking.com, but IMO, copying a file a couple times from A to B, and the a couple times from B to A, and timing it, gives you a good idea.

    Make sure FrameBurst is on - it makes a significant difference IMO.
  8. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    Try the repeater mode of dd-wrt in v24. WDS and repeater will do the same except full speed instead of half.
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