WRV200 working as a bridge?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by pepemosca, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. pepemosca

    pepemosca LI Guru Member

    Is there any way to convert a plain WRV200 to a regular bridge?

    I mean, just make it work as a bridge and no longer as a router.

    I just want the WRV200 to connect to another WiFi router and gime me access via hardwire to that WiFi network: a bridge.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
  2. jsleung

    jsleung LI Guru Member

    Sounds like you are talking about WDS.

    According to the User Guide, it does support that, but I have never tried. Supposedly there is no standard implementation for WDS, especially when it comes to encryption.
  3. pepemosca

    pepemosca LI Guru Member

    Thanks for your reply.

    Actually, I want the WRV200 to work as a repeater or a bridge: not to be the -lest's call it- "server".

    Any ideas?
  4. TomSweet

    TomSweet LI Guru Member

    Hola Pepemosca,

    Assuming the second WiFi router has an integrated switch (most do):
    • connect one of the WRV200 LAN ports to a LAN port of the second WiFi router just like you would any other time with wired ethernet.
    • Make sure only one DHCP server is enabled. Either the WRV200, the other router, or DHCP on an internal server.
    That's all there is to do.

    Also, if the same SSID and security paramaters are configured on both the WRV200 and the other WiFi router, it will be possible to seamlessly roam between the access points (AP) on both devices.

    If there are no VLAN's then the internal network (broadcast domain) will consist of the shared SSID on both APs, plus all of the internal LAN ports on both devices.

    Good luck,
    Tom S.
  5. pepemosca

    pepemosca LI Guru Member

    Thanks for your answer.
    But I need the router to be hardwire less from another router.

    Just works as a bridge :)

    Any ideas?
    Is it possible?
  6. TomSweet

    TomSweet LI Guru Member


    In your first message, you wrote
    Now your reply is,
    I don't understand "hardwire less".

    If you want to bridge the LAN ports on the WRV200 to the LAN ports on another switch, connect a cable from one set of LAN ports to the other. It is just like connecting any two switches together. Don't use the WAN ports.

    Try it, and tell us what happens. Also tell us what configuration the WRV200 has, firmware version, VLAN if enabled, ports in use and connected to what.
    Tom S.
  7. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    I believe the wrv200 has a wireless option call "wireless client". This will create a bridge however you will still need to use the wrv200 as a dhcp server. The only other option you have is to use WDS as stated previously.
  8. pepemosca

    pepemosca LI Guru Member

    "hardwire less": No wires... I need the WRV200 to be a bridge to an existing wi-fi network.
    The only wire that should exist is from the WRV200 to a workstation.
    No wires from the "DHCP Server" or the "main router" to the WRV200.

    Any ideas?

  9. pepemosca

    pepemosca LI Guru Member

    Cool, thanks: but I don't want to use the DHCP of the WRV200 :(

    I see I have no luck with my issue :confused:
  10. TomSweet

    TomSweet LI Guru Member


    Twice, you've been given instructions on how to do this:mad:. Just connect a WRV LAN port to the other wireless router's LAN port and you're done. That's it.

    Do it. If it works, let us know. If it doesn't, let us know what you did, and what the configuration of the devices is. Honestly, this is simple.
  11. pepemosca

    pepemosca LI Guru Member


    I need to establish a wireless connection between the wrv200, and another wireless router, for example, another wrv200. I think this property is called wireless bridge.

  12. TomSweet

    TomSweet LI Guru Member


    Finally, I think I understand what you would like to accomplish. My fault, not yours. Let me see if I understand correctly:
    • You have a WRV200 with hosts on the LAN ports
    • You have another wireless access point, lets call it WLANa
    • You want the WRV200 to associate with WLANa
    • You want WRV200 wired hosts to access hosts on WLANa across the wireless link
    • You have no need for systems to wirelessly associate with the WRV200
    There is no explicit support in the interface to enable wireless bridge mode as there is in other Linksys AP products. You still might try something.
    1. Set SSID1 on the WRV200 to the same as WLANa
    2. Set the channel the same
    3. Set the security the same, work up from the lowest (none, WEP, WPA, WPA2)
    4. Define a VLAN with the internal ports you want and include SSID1
    On the WLANa access point, see if it is possible to configure it to allow the WLANa signal to be repeated, and select the WRV200 as a repeater.

    After that, make sure that any hosts you want to access the remote WLAN

    Try it and see what happens. You are attempting to use the WRV200 in an unsupported fashion. It may be necessary to purchase something with explicit bridging support. Good luck.
  13. svg1

    svg1 Network Guru Member

    wds is supported

    TomSweet im speechless .

    You can easily connect 2 wrv200's wirelessly using the wds feature . Technically its not called a bridge but what your wanting to do is connect 2 wrv's wirelessly & that can be accomplished using wds.

    Very simple but mr sweet would have you believe this is not supported . Maybe he works for linksys tech which would explain his lack of knowledge of this device .

    I have & others have as well connected wirelessly a wrv200 to either another wrv200 , wap54gpe or wap54gp which all are supported using wds .


    Your main router connected to your modem is AP1 , The repeater is AP2 .

    Both should have a manually assigned ip address , example AP1 - , AP2 - . AP2 should also be set to router mode & AP1 will be set as gateway in the mode setup page .

    Both should have the same ssid , channel & encryption type . You need to enter the mac address of the opposite AP in the WDS setup page on both .

    It takes a little time getting them to initially connect , so i usually set no encryption on both devices till they communicate then setup wpa-aes once the connection is established .

    Again it may take more than a few attempts to get them to connect but when they do it will be a very stable connection .
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