WRT54GS use like an Access Point possible?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Smart71, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. Smart71

    Smart71 Network Guru Member


    is it possible to use the WRT54GS like a WAP54G. I ask because for my network i only need an Access Point, but perhaps later a router, so i don't want to spent money for an AP.

  2. Morpheus

    Morpheus Network Guru Member

    Yes u Can that is what i am duing with my WRT54G and using the WAP54G in Repeater mode :wink:
  3. Smart71

    Smart71 Network Guru Member

    and which is the best firmware for doing this?
  4. Morpheus

    Morpheus Network Guru Member

    i use Linksys 2.02.7
  5. Mark_Venture

    Mark_Venture Network Guru Member

    I'm using my WRT54G as an "access point" only. I still have my trusty old wired BEFSR41 still acting as my firewall/router/nat/dhcp server.

    When I added the WRT54G, I disabled its DHCP server, changed its LAN IP to .2 and did not connect anything to its WAN Port. I ran a cable connecting a LAN port on the BEFSR41 to a LAN port on the WRT54G. Next I configured the Wi-FI (wep, mac filter, etc).

    Works well this way.

    As for firmware. I've used the linksys firmware that came on my WRT54G V1 when I got it last summer, and other Linksys versions since then. Sveasoft, Wi-Fi Box, HyperWRT, etc should also work just fine too.
  6. benjudy

    benjudy Network Guru Member

    This thread talks about EXACTLY what I'm needing help with...

    Mark_Venture, your post was particularly helpful. I'm a total newbie when it comes to configuring routers and networks, so bear with me...

    There are two houses on our property. I have (1) WRT54G and (1) WRT54GS. The 54GS is already up and running, providing wifi DSL to house 1. What I want to do is expand the wifi footprint or boost the signal so that house 2 (about 75 feet away) gets a good, strong DSL wifi signal as well. I think the walls and the distance combine to reduce the signal inside house 2. If I take my laptop out on the porch of house 2, however, I get a pretty decent signal from the GS in house 1.

    Following Mark_Venture's instructions, I set up my 54G router, switched it from "Automatic Configuration - DHCP" to "Static IP". Then I changed the last digit of the local IP address to .2. Then I ran some CAT5 from the 54GS to port 1 on the back of the 54G.

    Now my questions are...

    1. How do I know if it's working? Since the routers and my laptop are all currently right next to each other, how do I tell if the 54G is sending out a signal?

    2. I will want to move the 54G to house 2 and set it up there, basically to act as a repeater / range extender from the 54GS. I can bury some CAT5 cable in between the houses if necessary, but could the 54G pick up the wifi signal and just rebroadcast it? If I set it up on the porch, it will have good LOS with the 54GS router, so the signal strength it receives will be strong.

    Thanks for any help anyone can provide!
  7. Morpheus

    Morpheus Network Guru Member

    To run a repeater on ur WRT54G you will need a cat 5 cable to 1 of the LAN ports It will not work wireless :cry:
  8. benjudy

    benjudy Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the reply, Morpheus.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is possible to use the 54G as a repeater wirelessly. I accomplished this using WDS (which I know vitually nothing about) and SVEASoft's Satori firmware.

    I'm pretty confident (after much testing) that I have it working. Here's the situation: My DSL modem is connected to my 54GS router. This router is currently providing wifi coverage to house 1. The 54G router is acting as an Access Point, picking up the signal from the 54GS and rebroadcasting it to house 2. (This is working well because there is direct line-of-sight between the two routers. The only thing in between is one window pane and about 75 feet of air.)

    Now... I get to prove how little I actually know about networking :) How do I tell each client which router's signal to lock on to? For instance, if I'm on my wireless laptop in house 2, I'm going to be able to pick up both signals, from the GS and the S routers. The S is (hopefully) going to be much stronger, so I will want to ensure my wifi card picks up that router, not the GS... and vice-versa if I'm in house 1. Make sense?

    There's got to be an easy way. I'm guessing it has to do with my IP addresses? The GS router is and the S router is

    How do I tell my network card to only pick up one router and ignore the other?

  9. to answer your question....

    Setup different SSIDs for each router or WAP. Then you can selectively choose which AP to connect to on your PC. This is the best way to effectively test out the range of each AP.
  10. ameza21

    ameza21 Guest

    benjudy - I am trying to do the exact same thing as you were - I have a WRT54GS as my gateway and a WRT54G that I want to use as a wireless repeater. I tried messing with WDS on the *G router but the *GS gateway doesn't support WDS (and I couldn't find firmware for the GS... tried using the G firmware but it didn't work). How did you accomplish this?

  11. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Theres several firmwares out there that will support the GS depending on which version you own.
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