WRT54G USED AS NIC! Anyone done this?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by MLD, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. MLD

    MLD Network Guru Member

    Is it possible for a WRT54g to be connected as the wireless network adapter? I want to have one wrt as the ap/router and another, just connected (wired) to the computers network adapter. I believe this would work like a bridge. If it is possible can someone point me toward more info on setting it up. I have wds set up with them now, however I would like to eliminate the wireless adapter if possible. Also I believe wds cuts throughput in half. Would the way I described it above also cut throughput in half?

    Thanks :?:
  2. beeblebrox

    beeblebrox Network Guru Member

    In wireless>basic settings>wireless mode, have you tried client mode, or adhoc mode? One of those might work, not sure.
  3. cruddypuppy

    cruddypuppy Network Guru Member

    Just change the configuration to "client" mode and enter the other unit's MAC address. This will stop the client from doing anything but connecting to that one AP. Also keep the network Subnet mask the same. you are not Bridging two networks just adding a client. Also you need a uplink cable to connect the AP in client mode to the ethernet card, otherwise you need two cables and a hub.

    One thing I learned about Client mode is that the unit ceases to be an AP
    ie. other adapters can't connect wirelessly from it. Also in Repeater mode the unit ceases to connect through its ethernet port. It only "passes on" the wireless signal. Which makes an extra WAP XXX cheaper than buying their repeater. CP
  4. MLD

    MLD Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the info. I actually tried it last night. I have 2 wrt54g configured with WDS, both in AP mode. I was able to connect the remote router both ways meaning I could use it wirelessly or directly connected to the clients network card??

    If I were to use client mode with the remote router would the throughput still be cut in half? I tested this last night as well and the internet speed test showed the same speed and throughput as the wired client to the main router. Although the status>wireless screen showed rate as half.

    Does WPA work in client mode? Does mac filtering work in either?

    Thanks for some answers!!
  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    WPA does not work with Satori in client mode. It does work with Achemy in beta. You do not lose your bandwidth in client mode. You may not see the difference on the internet, unless you have a fiber connection. Most web pages limit the throughput so you will not see a difference. Downloads are another issue, but a DSL connection tops out at about 7-8 mbs. A cable connection you can get 10mbs or more. On fiber you can get up to 30mbs. The limit on standard 802.11g is about 22 mbs. So if you use WDS on a consumer route you may get up to 11 mbs for one client. The bandwidth is half since ther is usually one radio and with WDS there is a double transmission. Some of the commercial routers have more than one radio and some of the newer pre-n wireless routers may have two radios.
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