Using a wireless router as a remote ethernet port

Posted on 2006-06-01
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I am not a networking expert (obviously), but I do know the basics. I currently have a wireless network with a Linksys WRT54G wireless router which is installed and working great. I have a computer that I wish to connect to the wireless network, but I need to connect with the computer's RJ-45 port. The reason is that it is a winterminal and it does not have any way to add a wireless adapter. So I want to run a cat5 cable out of the dumb terminal and into a second wireless router (DLink DI-534), then use that router to connect to my Linksys router. In other words, I want to to from wireless router --> wireless router --> ethernet port.

I am doing this with equipment I already have and buying other equipment is not an option. I need to know if there is any way to do what I am wanting to do.

So just to clarify, I have the first router configured and working. I can connect to it from a different computer with a wireless connection. I just need to know how to configure the second one to act as an ethernet port to the terminal.


Question by:ExpertAdmin
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    Expert Comment

    I am afraid this may not work. Because the DLink DI 534 do not have WDS (Wireless Distribution System) Service to talk to another Router via Wireless (rather than Wired Interface).

    Linksys WRT54G has some 3rd Party firmware which makes it to support WDS. However there is no such one for the DLink Router.

    If you are willing to purchase just another equipment, then you can get a WET54G Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge (just to stick with Linksys Router, though you can chose similar product from other vendors), and configure and then connect Dumb terminal.
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    Author Comment

    I also have a Linksys WRK54G router that I can use if there is any way to configure it to do this.
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    Expert Comment

    You can't just hardware to the back of the route?
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    Accepted Solution

    >I also have a Linksys WRK54G router that I can use if there is any way to configure it to do this.

    You could load the ddWRT firmware, and use the WRT54G as a wireless client. The switch part is then an extension of your network.

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