Extending a Linksys WRT54G wireless network using a Linksys WAP54G with WPA2 security

In reading around I came away with the impression that I could secure my wireless network (WRT54G) with WPA2-Personal security and still be able to use a WAP54G as a repeater.  Testing this setup, however, didn't work for me.  After failing to extend the network, I disabled security on both the router and the access point and was then able to extend the signal.  

Did I do something wrong?  Is there a trick to get this to work?  If I downgrade to WPA will that work?  Or will WPA/WPA2 security just not work in this setup despite countless web sites that say otherwise?  Thanks for any help or advice you can offer.
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Check the specs of the router and extender. Many models just can't use WPA but rather only WEP when used as extenders. You should be able to see that in the manual. As only WPA is secure you should in such a case shop around for a new device that supports WPA in extender mode. Ask the vendor for such details, and make sure you can return it if it doesn't...

Sometimes a firmware upgrade could also add new features, so you should also check for upgrades on the manufacturer's site.

A further possibility is to use a 3rd party firmware (dd-wrt) which includes many features that usually the original firmware doesn't. But be aware that you'll loose any warranty or manufacturer support with this, and if things go wrong you might brick your router:


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james_axtonAuthor Commented:
rindi thanks for the reply.  More testing this morning after reading your reply revealed the answer (at least in my case) - you can only use the WRT54G / WAP54G / Repeater setup using WPA-Personal security.  I was trying to use WPA2-Personal security.  After reading your reply and reading the link below, I changed the security on both routers and it immediately worked.  Thanks so much for taking the time to respond.

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