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Connecting Linksys WRT54G to City-wide network

I have a Linksys WRT54G Version 6 Router (wireless-enabled, of course) that I would like to connect to a city-wide municipal wireless internet network.  If I use my laptop independently, I can use the internet from that, but would prefer to connect to my router first and have the internet running through that.  I do not have a hard-wired connection available for the router's internet port.  Please advise!  Thanks.
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8/22/2022 - Mon

You can't.  The WRT54G needs an Internet connection on the WAN/Internet side and then shares that connection to you local wireless and LAN side (via NAT).  You can't "grab" the city-wide municipal wireless internet from your local LAN/wireless router.

Just go direct/independently and keep your software firewall up :-)

Follow the Followin steps:\
1.Fisrt pruchase one network cable from market,but usually Linksys provides the network cable.If  you don't have then ask it from vendor.
2.Hardwire your router with your laptop.
3.Click on start->select run option,click on it->you will find one dialog box of run->type cmd in text field and press ok->
you will find one black window on your screen with blinking cursor->type ping and give IP of your default gateway-> if you got the response->Open one Internet Explorer->type IP  of your gateway->you will be on your router's page, provide user name and password to it->you will be on basic setup of your router-> go to your wireless setup of your router and give SSID of the municipal's wireless network.
4. save all settings and comeout.
5. Change SSID of your laptop also.
6. and try to access network outside of your home. I think you will get success in this.


It seems what you need is a wireless adaptor that connects via ethernet, also know as a wireless bridge or gaming adaptor.

First plug this in to your laptop and configure it to pick up the cities network. Then unplug and attach to the wan port on your router.

You may find you need to configure your router's wireless to run on a different channel but that should be it. You can protect your network and still use your laptop wirelessly.
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