WRT54Gv5 as a bridge

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Glacialis, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. Glacialis

    Glacialis Network Guru Member

    Don't have a choice on the version numbers. ;)

    I'd like to take this WRT54G and turn it into a bridge between the wireless world and a wired network -- another Linksys router is handling the wired network, but I shouldn't need to mess with that. Basically, I want to get the web/telnet interface on .254 or somesuch and have every wireless client use the wired router for DHCP. The 54G would only provide wireless to wired.

    If necessary I can get administrative access to the wired router.

    I know I should be able to figure this out, but I'm leaving town tonight and I'd like to get this set up for a friend. Please feel free to berate me if the information is available with a simple refinement of my search terms!

    Incidentally, I tried searching on the terms "wireless" and "bridge" to get an idea of the settings necessary.
  2. Glacialis

    Glacialis Network Guru Member

    Perhaps a rephrase: I want my 54G to function as a non-programmable switch that just happens to have wireless capability.

    Actually, I'm sure most of the readers got what I wrote the first time, I'm just bumping. :rockon:
  3. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

  4. eq2675

    eq2675 Network Guru Member

    I purchased a v5 last Saturday and set it up as a "bridge" to my local network. A Zyxel 314 is the actual router between my network and DSL Modem.

    I had read some of the forums and upgraded to version 1.04 firmware right off the bat. Worked great. I'm using the word "worked" because I returned it and ordered a WRT54GL instead. The v5 seemed fine, I just wanted a better toy.
  5. Glacialis

    Glacialis Network Guru Member

    vincentfox, I appreciate the response but I'm looking for how to do this with default Linksys firmware. I do understand that the v5 is crap for alternative firmware and have known this since before I bought the thing for $20 on sale.

    eq2675, when you say "bridge", what settings do you have the 54G at? I do not want it to perform NAT, and if that's not an option with Linksys firmware then I'll have to make do.
  6. eq2675

    eq2675 Network Guru Member

    I don't have any cables attached to the Internet/WAN port of my wireless routers. Just a cable going from a local port on the Zyxel 314 to a local port on the WRT54G.

    I also have DHCP turned off on the WRT54G, as the 314 provides that service too.

    Be cautious not to have the same local IP on your boxes. My WRT54G is now set to

    Hope this helps.
  7. Glacialis

    Glacialis Network Guru Member

    Wait, is this as simple as turning off DHCP and NOT using the 54G's Internet/WAN port? *bang forehead* Yeah that would work, wouldn't it? :) Thanks!
  8. eq2675

    eq2675 Network Guru Member

    You got it :cheer:
  9. xrattiracer

    xrattiracer Network Guru Member

    yep, works with any brand/model of wireless router too :)
    by not using the wan port it becomes a wireless access point (or bridge) instead of a router.
    I use an older linksys b-only router this way.
  10. GuguiNeo

    GuguiNeo Guest

    Need help with this . . .

    I bought two (2) WRT54G Version 5 and I need to bridge wirelessly two isolated wired networks, in one of my wired nets there is a dhcp server, and in the other there are only 2 pc conected to a switch, I tried disabling the internal dhcp server on the routers and setting them with diferents IP but doesn´t work at all. There is no ip renewal on my lan. :wallbang: PLease help . . . . .
  11. xrattiracer

    xrattiracer Network Guru Member

    any wireless router can be made into an access point by simply using a lan port instead of the wan port.
    however, the opposite is NOT true, you cannot use any normal wireless router at the other end to brdge a wireless connection back to wired ethernet. for this you need a device which supports "client" mode or similar, which the v5 CANNOT do.
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