Connecting 2 routers

Linksys Wrt54g wireless router
February 11, 2010 at 06:40:09
Specs: XP Pro srv pk 2, 600Mhz
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I have a Linksys WRT54G router and I want it to send wifi to a Belkin G Adapter which then goes to an MSI router. I need this as the Belkin adapter only allows 1 MAC address. Using the MSI means multiple MACs allowed.

When I first tried it, it worked fine. But when I rebooted all the routers and adapter, it wouldnt work again, so I think I need to manually set some things.

There is a Wireless bridge option on the MSI router but I couldnt figure out how it works. I think it needed the Linksys to be set as a remote AP or something which it doesnt do.

Any help much appreciated.


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February 11, 2010 at 07:32:15
The wireless bridge would need to be enabled between the Linksys and the Belkin as they are the two devices doing wireless. The MSI device is connected to the Belkin with a cable after all.

If it's possible to connect the Linksys to the MSI with a network cable, I would go that route. I have a "how-to" guide on adding a second router (wired) to your LAN that you can peruse if you click on my name above in my response.

If you absolutely can't connect the two with a cable have a look at Tomato, third party firmware which could be installed on your Linksys WRT54G router. Go to their website and carefully read the "NOTES" section as it details which routers/versions can use Tomato.

I just had a look at the available settings on a Linksys WRT54GL router I have Tomato on and under the "Basic" settings I have a "Wireless Mode" setting with a pulldown that offers the following modes:
- Access Point
- Access Point + WDS
- Wireless Client
- Wireless Ethernet Bridge

I have this one set to "Access Point" because that's what it's being used for. You however would want "Wireless Ethernet Bridge"

Anyhow, it's worth checking into if your version of the WRT54G can use it.

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February 11, 2010 at 08:32:25
I have the MSI's wireless disabled so it doesnt interfere. Sadly my Linksys isnt compatible with the tomato. Its a v5. I also checked the DD-WRT firmware site, but mines a nuetured Linksys.

I dont know where along the line it stopped working, as it did work the frist time round. So probably a DHCP problem or something.


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February 12, 2010 at 07:41:36
Looking again at your diagram the only thing that pops into my mind is to try connecting the Belkin to the MSI from LAN port to LAN port. Going from LAN port on the Belkin to WAN port on the MSI just adds one more layer of complexity and therefore, one more thing that can go wrong.

Click on my name in any of my responses and read my "how-to" guide on adding a second router. Essentially, this is what you've done. Look at the "LAN port to LAN port" connection scenario.

It may also be that your Linksys router is in need of replacing. Before you replace it though, try two things after ensuring all IP addressing is correct.

1) Recycle the power on the Linksys (ie: unplug it, count to 10, plug it back in
2) Reset the Linksys to factory defaults (ie: hold reset button in for 10 seconds) and reconfigure it.

If either of the above two troubleshooting steps work, then you should be ok. Sometimes these SOHO Routers just seem to lose their marbles and recycling the power can fix the problem.

If neither works, I'd highly recommend replacing the unit. If it comes to that, look at a Linksys WRT54GL. We're using those here at work for insecure in-house wireless access to the internet for visitors. Tomato runs on them beautifully and I find they're actually pretty robust considering they're not enterprise level equipment.

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February 12, 2010 at 09:24:41
I briefly managed to get it to work last night but it didnt last.

I have done this before and plugged the Belkin into Lan1 rather than Wan and it did work back then. But wouldnt work again when rebooted. However, I tried again today and its working now. Unfortunately the belkin is only allowing one device to be able to go on the net. As the belkin only allows 1 MAC address, I hoped it would take the MSI's address but its got one of the PCs thats connected to the MSI. Each device on either side of the wifi can see each other tho so I guess thats something.

I think I may save all the headaches and just get a router like yours and set it to ethernet bridge. :)


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