WRT54G.. new to all this

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by vladthedog, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. vladthedog

    vladthedog Network Guru Member

    I know that I'm asking a question that is probably asked daily, so I apologize. I browsed through the forum for a bit trying to find my answer, but I don't know what to look for. I'm a complete newb when it comes to networking, and I know very little of the terminology, so even if I HAVE read my answer, I probably wouldn't understand it ;)

    This is my current setup.

    I have my cable modem connected to a WRT54G. from that I have my computer connected via the ethernet port. I have a laptop (ibook) that I connect to the WRT54G.

    Now this is where my question arises, Downstairs I have my roommate who currently uses the linksys USB-B to connect to the internet. What I was wanting to do was to get another WRT54G to be able to connect multiple computers downstairs (if I desired). Is it possible to have this 2nd WRT54G connected to the first WRT54G wirelessly, a part of the same network, etc etc.

    I used to have 2 of the 802.11B wireless routers that I attempted to do what I'm asking and I couldn't get it to work.

    Again, I apologize for asking such a stupid question, and I'm sure I'll be asking more by the time I'm done, so bare with me :) Thanks.
  2. linksysonline

    linksysonline Network Guru Member

  3. vladthedog

    vladthedog Network Guru Member

    thanks.. so it is possible? i know it may take me a while to get it to funciton (a lot of reading ahead ;)) but i don't want to purchase a 2nd one and devote all that time when what i was tryin would be inherently impossible :)
  4. linksysonline

    linksysonline Network Guru Member

    Its definitly possible... WDS is what it is called, you will have to use third party firmware to make this work though.
  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

  6. vladthedog

    vladthedog Network Guru Member

    i have no problem w/ custom firmware.. thanks for all your answers.. i'll probably be back once i run in to problems :)
  7. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Do come back for a visit even if you haven't problems with your network.
  8. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    question: your friend can connect wirelessly from downstairs? then why do you need another router? shouldnt one router be ok for at least 5 or 6 comps?

    just tryin to save you some$$$$
  9. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Remember one thing WDS will lower bandwidth by 50% over the wireless signal.
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