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Using an old WRT54G router as an AP with my new wireless router

I just got a D-Link DIR-655 wireless router as a replacement for my old Linksys WRT54G and I want to use the old router as a wireless access point for the new one. I've been following the instructions here http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/3826776 for setting it up, but it is not working for me. It sees the SSID of the AP and says it's strong, but I have the "Limited or no connectivity" message. " 

I know that the AP is connected Internet access because when I plugged my laptop directly into it I was able to get online.

Are there any steps or configuration settings that this page has omitted?

Thanks.

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Leprechaun
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ICaldwellCommented:
This page has all the changes you need to make...

change the ip to something else in the same range,, ex... 192.168.0.1
remove the DHCP
set the SSID to the same as the wireless router
set the WEP/WPA the same as the wireless router

I personally have this setup myself and I seamlessly transfer between the two wireless boxes....

one thing to make sure is, the old Wireless box should not have anything plugged into the "internet" connection port, since its no longer a router you do not use this, your network should plug into the switch... That is probably the reason you see the "Limited or no connectivity" message...  You can put some tape over that port to make sure you don't use it by accident....
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sgt_bestCommented:
ICaldwell has the solution above.  Also make sure that you change the wireless channel on the Linksys to something different than your Dlink.
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LeprechaunAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses. I figured as much.

However, I'm definitely following the instructions (my specifics: WEP, a different SSID and N for the new one and G for the old), but when I choose to connect, I get "Acquiring Network address" on the main "Wireless Network Connection" screen and then "Waiting for network to be ready..." for a while. Eventually it says I've connected, but the SSID then says "Limited or no connectivity".

I don't get it.
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LeprechaunAuthor Commented:
One other thing: I've noticed that the old router admin page is now accessible when I'm connected to the new router (I guess because I changed its IP so that it's within the new one's range).

If they're *not* on the same SSID should they still be in the same range?  
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thstephCommented:
first remove and keys (WEP,WPA etc) and let it work as a range expander
it will get the SSID and communicate with your new W/L Router
then set any keys.
it's like setting a range expander
try it and post reply if it works or not
cheers
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thstephCommented:
let me rephrase as it seems a bit confusing ...
first remove and keys (WEP,WPA etc) and let it work as an access point
it will get the SSID and communicate with your new W/L Router
then set any keys.
it's like setting a range expander (a regular one; I got 2 at home WRE54G and an access point from D-Link for my dream box).
Had you been working the other way around, it would have been easier (have the linksys as a W/L router and the d-link as an access point). you wouldn't have to remove any keys used. but since you are using the linksys as an access point you would have to remove the keys first and then re-enable them without changing anything else afterwards.
try it and post reply if it works or not
cheers
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LeprechaunAuthor Commented:
Thanks, thsteph.

Does it matter how the new router's set up? It's currently on N only and using WPA Personal. My linksys only does B or G. Does they both have to be on the same band when I do this?
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thstephCommented:
yes it does; they have to support the same W/L type. having b/g/N on doesn't prevent you from using N on other devices. but your router (old one) will need the b/g compatibility to get the signal. it won't get the N. do you have the option of b/g/n on the new one or you have to set it only to N?
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LeprechaunAuthor Commented:
Thanks. It turned out that the problem was that the new router was set to transmit on N only whereas the old router was on G. Once I set new router to N & G, the old router worked properly as a W/L AP
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