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How do I set up linksys WRT54G router to connect to a Verizon VersaLink Westel router wirelessly?

Posted on 2008-06-14
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Hi All,

I have a VersaLink router from Verizon which is currently the main router for my network. It's been working fine, all good. I recently purchased a Linksys WRT54G wireless router in the hope of hooking a couple of NAS drives and a laptop too it, then having that connect wirelessly to the VersaLink router to join up the networks.

Am I dreaming? Is this possible, if it is I can't work it out, so any help would be great! I can get it to work when the two routers are linked over ethernet but not wirelessly.
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I think the wrt54g out of the box cannot do what you are needing it to do.  But......  

Follow this link... and read up.  
http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv3/index.php
This will allow you to hack the firmware and put their version on it.  With it you can do what you are needing to do I think.  You can use it as a wireless card/ap/relay to connect to your verizon connection through wireless.  Drawback is you will have to used wired connections on the rest of your devices because it would connect wirelessly to the verizon.  You can also amp up the signal with this firmware flash.  Standard signal is 28mw with the other firmware it can go up to 250mw's.  If you do use it I do not recommend turning it up much more than what it takes to make a steady connection.  Reason being as you amplify signal it also amplifies it to where it creates digital noise.  

Read up.

Good Luck....

Casey
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Thanks Casey,

I have had a look through all of it and think I will have a go at upgrading. I am having trouble with one instruction though-

If you're on Windows, enter tftp -i 192.168.1.1 put dd-wrt.v24_micro_generic.bin at your cmd shell

I assume this is in the command prompt, i have the file, but I'm not sure what it means by "at your cmd shell". Do I just type "tftp -i 192.168.1.1 put dd-wrt.v24_micro_generic.bin" when in the folder for the file?
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so
Start--> Run--> CMD-->enter
Make sure you are getting the proper firmware for your model.

I made a folder in the root of c: called ddwrt.
so you need to:
cd c:\ddwrt
then type
tftp -i 192.168.1.1 put dd-wrt.v24_micro_generic.bin
Some models you have to do the upgrade through the web gui.  
The last one I did was through the command line.
I thought I bricked my router on the tftp.  Just have patience it may take 5 minutes or so before everthing normalizes.
After five at the cmd prompt type:  ipconfig /release     then      ipconfig /renew
if you pull an ip that means the DHCP server is running and it should be good to go.

It is great firmware. I have used mine for about 2 years.  No problems what so ever...

Casey
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