Questions regarding using a WRT54G and WAP45G to link two wired networks
Posted on 2007-08-07
I have a wireless network presently installed in my home, and I'm looking to change the configuration. At present, I have my broadband connection coming into a Linksys WRT54G, logging onto the broadband provider through PPPOE, and three computers (two laptops, one desktop) that connect through wireless NICs.
(I have the recommended wireless security options enabled - no SSID broadcast, changed admin password, non-standard IP range, WPA w/16+ character PSK, and a limited number of IP addresses offered via DHCP.)
What I'd like to do is change the way the desktop connects to the WLAN. Right now it has an internal PCI card installed, but I'd like to change that and install a small 5 or 8 port ethernet switch with some sort of a wireless connection attached so that the desktop and possibly one or more devices can share one wireless connection rather than have to purchase wireless cards for each device. I don't want the wireless configuration limited to WAP to WRT - I still want to have other wireless equipment (such as the laptops) able to connect to the wireless network.
I thought I could accomplish this by purchasing a WAP54G and setting it in repeater mode while being hardwired to the 5-port switch, but that doesn't appear to be working. I configured the WAP54G in repeater mode and supplied the MAC address of the WRT54G, but it doesn't seem to be working. I've set the WAP to have all the same wireless configurations as the WRT and have given it a static IP address in the same subnet (i.e. 188.8.131.52 for the WRT, 184.108.40.206 for the WAP). I can ping the WAP when it's hardwired to the WRT, but not when it's disconnected.
I've read a lot here on EE regarding using WAP54Gs as repeaters, and it doesn't necessarily seem to be the most reliable configuration. I've considered setting up two WAP54Gs in bridge mode but I'm trying to do this with the minimum amount of hardware and configuration needed.
Here's a simplistic diagram of how I have it configured at this point:
Broadband----------WRT45G WAP54G-----------Linksys 5-port workgroup switch
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