WRT54G used as wireless bridge

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by jensen5, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. jensen5

    jensen5 Network Guru Member

    Can anyone give me the right configuration for using the wrt54G as a wireless bridge.

    Latest Linksys firmware is installed.
  2. bluedog

    bluedog Network Guru Member

    Not sure if the official firmware will let you do that. Check HyperWRT or Sveasoft Satori. I think you are looking for "WDS"
  3. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    What's it bridging to?
  4. jensen5

    jensen5 Network Guru Member

    I just want to bridge between two wireless networks. Router one is the main wireless netowrk and router two (WRT54G) should be the second.

    Rouner one has the internet connection and 2 wireless conected workstations.

    Router two is only connected to two workstations by wire (LAN)

    I want to transfer the internet and other traffic from router one to router two.

    Thanks for your help

    To day I am using Linksys Firmware, but I have thoght to cange to what you suggest for achiving this funktionality.
  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Stock Linksys firmware does not let you use the WRT54G in bridge mode. Sveasoft Achemy and Satori do. You can use WDS, which couts your bandwidth. You can try Client Mode with Achemy and Satori, but it has some downsides too. With Staori you can only have one LAN client, with Achemy you can have four, but they have to be on a different sub-net from your the PCs connected to your othe router. Also DNS and DHCP do not pass thrugh NAT, so you have to have the second WRT54G(e.g. the one that is being used as a bridge) be a DHCP server, or use static IP addresses. You can use a DHCP relay in the LAN, but you have to set it up and pay for it. Also you will not get DNS name resolution on the PC connected to the second router, so you will need a DNSserver on that LAN. That is why most people use WDS with Achemy and Satori. There is a forum thread on using HyperWRT with a router in bridge mde. I do not know the downsides to that. You can buy a WET54GS5, which is rather expensive. You can buy a WAP54G and if you have a spare wired switch set it up in bridge mode to support multiple PCs. It will let you use WPA-PSK in bridge mode with firmware 2.08. You can use high gain or directional antennas and try to connect, but you have put them on all your equipment. You can increase the signal strength, but doubling the signal strength does not double your range and increasing the signal increase the noise levels and can interfere with any neighboring wireless networks.
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