|Curt. thanks for your help. I desperately need it.|
I'm not especially knowledgeable about this and quite frankly, some of what you just asked has gone over my head, but let me try and answer the best I can.
I want a wireless connection from router to bridge. I thought I had it configured properly, than as I said, I read another post saying that I needed a static ip address. I set that and tried it out by plugging the bridge in at a midway point between the first router/modem and my desktop on the other side of the house. There was no improvement in signal strength so I figured something's not right.
Back to the drawing board, I planned to go in and change/save settings now that a static ip was set, hoping that would resolve things, but I wasn't and haven't been able to login to the bridge's setup page as described in previous posts.
You asked me the following questions
..."Have you tried plugging a client into the downstream router and then check to see if you have connectivity?"
I assume you mean plugging my notebook via Ethernet into the client router that's not wired in any way, correct? I just did that and wasn't able to connect.
..."The next step, as I see it, is to confirm you have the second router properly configured and working.
I think the easiest way to test is take a client and plug it into a LAN port on router 2 (downstream) and ensure the NIC is set to DHCP. Does the client get a proper IP address? Can it ping the gateway address (LAN IP of router 1)? Can it access the internet?"
I don't know how to do this, can you guide me through it?
FYI, because of the complexity of setting up DD-WRT with the linksys54G ver.5 router, I purchased a refurbed router with DD-WRT already installed. Would a simple solution to the problem be to do a hard reset and start over from the beginning? But, I wouldn't want to attempt this if there was any possibility it cold screw up my DD-WRT software install? It would be a nightmare if that got messed up.
Thanks again for your help.