WRT54G v5 as an AP?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by CBarkAZ, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. CBarkAZ

    CBarkAZ Network Guru Member

    Let me start off by saying that I'm kind of a newbie at this, so bear with me.

    I have a WTR54G v2 as my main router, connected to my cable modem on one side of my home. It's running stock Linksys firmware and running fine for my purposes. Until this weekend, I had another router on the other side of the house (Compaq CP-2W, 802.11b), running in AP mode, connected with an ethernet cable to my Linksys router. I wanted to go full 802.11g, so I picked up a v5 Linksys. I've read all the comments, but after visiting dang near 10 different stores and not being able to find anything other than a v5, I decided to just go for it.

    I set everything up and the switch part seems to work fine, but when I bring my laptop to that side of the house, the signal loses strength significantly. Even when the laptop is right next to the router.

    I couldn't find anything in the setup for specifically setting it up as an AP, so I disabled DHCP and switched from Gateway to Router mode. Is there anything else I should try? FWIW, I didn't use the disc that came with it, I just went straight into the setup and then set the IP as I don't plan on doing anything fancy, so that's why I felt not being able to use thrid party firmware with the v5 wouldn't be an issue.

    One thought I had was to use the v5 as my main router and then use the v2 with third party firmware if I had to.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Did you connect the V5 LAN Port to the LAN of the V2 and power cycle the V5. That is the only thing you missed.
  3. CBarkAZ

    CBarkAZ Network Guru Member

    Yes, I plugged in the power to the router before connecting any cables. I have one port connected to my ReplayTV which works fine as a wired connection. Before it comes up, I have the incoming connection plugged in to port 1 and not the WAN port.

    While scouring this site I found this:

    I'm guessing that the AP Wireless Mode setting is part of the Alchemy firmware and not the generic Linksys.

    Thanks again,
  4. Drdeep

    Drdeep Network Guru Member

    not a big help

    Carles I have gone through case and it was not up to the mark. I mean to say it did not gave the correct picture of the network setup. In your above messge you have written that you have a cable modem connected to a linksys WRT54G ver 2 Router (LAN IP - and your Compaq Ipaq 802.11b Wireless Cable/ DSL 4 Port Router (CP-2W) is connected with a cable to the WRT54G v2 and is working as a switch with LAN IP -

    MODEM |-----| WRT54G v2 ( |--------Compaq CP-2W (, DHCP Disable)

    Now if I am going right till here. I would like to how is WRT54G v 5 connected
  5. CBarkAZ

    CBarkAZ Network Guru Member

    Just replace the Compaq with the Linksys v5.

    The old set up is what you described, MODEM |-----| WRT54G v2 ( |--------Compaq CP-2W (, DHCP Disable)
    I then, removed the Compaq and added the Linksys

    New setup:
    MODEM|----|WRT54G v2 (, DHCP enabled, Gateway Mode)|----|WRT54G v5(, DHCP disabled, Router Mode)

    Hope this helps clarify,
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