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Using Linksys WRT54GS Wireless Router as an Access Point with Wired RouterStep by Step for Newbie

Hi,
I have an 8-port wired router (Netopia) which works just fine connected to our cable broadband modem. My desktop has Win XP Pro SP2 O/S. I recently bought a Linksys WRT54GS Wireless Router, but I want to use it as an Access Point, not as a wireless router.

I have tried to use the forum threads to get my laptop with wifi, and verified to be working properly, to connect to the internet. My laptop, Thinkpad A31p, recognizes the wireless signal ("excellent") butwill not connect. Apparently, I have to change the DHCP configuration and IP addresses for the WRT54GS.

Can/will anyone help a newbie with a really basic walk-thru? I got hopeless lost.

Thanks,
bellaciao
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mdefalcoCommented:
why would you keep the netopia? My first guess is that the you need to make sure the netopia is giving your linksys an ip address. Is it using DHCP.

Do you connect your laptop to the netopia? Via wireless, or just wired?

I can definitely help you with this I just need a little more info.

Try this, just for now, plug in your cable modem into the WAN port on the linksys, and cycle the power on the cable modem. Then see if your internet works on the laptop via wireless.

If this works then you just have a small setup issue and you will need to let me know why you want the netopia. I would use the Linksys first, and the netopis into the LAN port of the linksys.

Jim
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bellaciaoAuthor Commented:
Jim,
Thanks for the fast reply. First, I tried the wired WAN port connection to the cable modem and powered down the modem for 30 seconds. No luck.

Secondly, now that you mention it, it does not matter to me which is primary: the Linksys wireless or the Netopia wired router. I was not thinking it through, I suppose it really isn't important which way I connect. I just need to accomodate 8 wired ports and a way to have wireless access for our laptops throughout the house.

Let me know what othe information you might need to know.

bellaciao
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PUNKYCommented:
Are you trying to setup linksys router as second router on your home network? If so, do the following on the second router to ensure it (and the devices attached) function properly:

1. Connect as local device or bridge - If connecting the second router via Ethernet cable, plug it into one of the LAN ports on the first router. If connecting the second router wirelessly, ensure the second router is set for client mode. Note that some home wireless routers do not support client mode; these must be connected by cable. Check your router documentation for details on its client mode configuration support.

2. Check / change IP address - Most home network routers use a default IP address setting. Often, these default IP addresses will not work in a two router environment. Check the second router's IP address value and reset it if necessary to work within the valid address range of the first router (and to not conflict with any other device on the network).

3. Disable DHCP - To avoid IP address conflicts between all of the devices on the home network, only one of your two routers should assign addresses via DHCP. All mainstream routers provide an option to disable DHCP as part of the router's configuration screens.


Instead of adding a second wired router to an existing network, consider adding a network switch instead. A switch accomplishes the same goal of extending the size of a network, but it does not require any IP address or DHCP configuration, greatly simplifying configuration.
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bellaciaoAuthor Commented:
Hi Punky,
Thanks for the help. Actually, the second router is a Linksys wireless that I thought I could use as an access point after connecting it to the wired Netopia 8-port router. I thought that would be simple, LOL! I want to end up with wired connections (as it is now) plus wireless access for a laptop that I just purchased.

Thanks for the help,]
bellaciao
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PUNKYCommented:
If I read correct, first you connect Linksys wireless router to Netopia router and configure as I said above, and log in on Linksys router page and configure the Wireless. The Linksys router will not automatcically act like access point if you did not configure it first. But make sure Linksys as second router works first with Netopia thru wires.
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bellaciaoAuthor Commented:
Thanks Punky, I will try that next and let you know how it goes.

bellaciao
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mdefalcoCommented:
Sorry for all the ?'s but I think your Netopia needs to be plugged into the cable modem to work, some ISP's use the MAC address to only allow one connection to their modem, so your netopia may need to be plugged in. One quick question, does your PC's connected to the netopia get an ip through DHCP, or are they static?

If they are DHCP then you should be able to plug your LinkSys into the netopia port, from the netopia into your WAN port on the linksys. Then connect to your linksys via wireless. You should get an ip address, check to make sure that it is different from the netopia. Linksys lieks 192.168.1.x , and if netopia is the same then you will have issues. I would connect to the linksys and change to something else, like 192.168.111.x, or anything in the third octet.

normally linksys setup is very easy so i am guessing that the ips are the same and that should fix your problem. If not let me know these things;

1-what is the ip address of a pc connected to the netopia via a wire; also the dns,
2- what is the ip address of a machine if you connect to the linksys via a wire

this will help me determine the issue.

Good luck,

Jim
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bellaciaoAuthor Commented:
Jim, mdefalco, and Punky,

I don't know what I did but now the wireless connection works! I connected the Linksys wireless router by one of its LAN ports to a LAN on the wired Netopia wired router. Previously, I followed advice and changed the IP addresses of the wireless router network connections and disabled the DHCP.

I'll monitor it for a few days and see what happens. All of your advice, together, really got it to work.

Thanks so much,
bellaciao
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mdefalcoCommented:
cool, glad to hear's its working
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