Cisco Linksys e1000- dd-wrt

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I have cisco Linksys e1000, I have upgraded the firmware to dd-wrt.
this router is in the 1st floor fo my house
I have AT&T wireless in the second floor to which my laptop connects to internet now.
I would like to configure the cisco Linksys e1000 as a bridge so that I can connect through it to internet when I am in the first floor.
I have opened the web page of the linksys, it shows now dd-wrt.com, under the wireless tab I see the:
 wireless=AP
wireless Network mode=mixed
.....
.....
Network configuration=Bridged

So how can I go from here to get my PC connected to internet when I am in the first floor

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Sr.Net.Eng
Top Expert 2011
Commented:
The ATT Wireless router should have a bridging option that you need to configure to connect both ap's. You may need to enter the mac address of the AP the far end AP and vice versa.
SouljaSr.Net.Eng
Top Expert 2011
Commented:

Author

Commented:
where can I do that on the AT&T wireless router
I use this one:

Manufacturer       2Wire, Inc.
Model:3800HGV-B

Author

Commented:
I wonder if it is under Settings, then Under Broadband then under Supplementary Network
First, ascertain if the AT&T router will support any kind of linking like WDS.
DD-WRT will support WDS and maybe other modes for doing this sort of thing.
By far the BEST solution is to wire the two routers together.  To make it simple do this:
Turn off DHCP on the DD-WRT router.
Plug the cable into one of the DD-WRT LAN ports (yes, that's right, a LAN port).
Turn on the DD-WRT wireless and set it up any way you want.
Set the LAN IP address on the DD-WRT to match the local LAN subnet so you can access it from the network whenever you want.

If you must use wireless extension then ponder this:
If my laptop can't see the AT&T then why should I expect the DD-WRt to see the AT&T?  There may be some reasons why but this is a first-oder "test".  Don't bang your head against the wall if this isn't reasonably addressed.

If you must use wireless extension then overkill, overkill, overkill or you'll waste a lot of time and maybe money too.  Consider the Hawking 15dbi indoor antenna as part of a solution.  Maybe two of them if you're doing wireless extension.


Check out: http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_best_extend_my_wireless_network_for_laptop_access.html
and
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Repeater_Bridge
and
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Universal_Wireless_Repeater
The latter one may be OK for what you want to do.  No wireless at the far end though....

Author

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I did not check the version of the DD-WRT, but if I manage to configure it at least as standard bridge with the AT&T wireless router, it will be fine , since I can connect my laptop to the DD-WRT with a cable.

Author

Commented:
if I manage to configure it at least as standard bridge with the AT&T wireless router, it will be fine , since I can connect my laptop to the DD-WRT with a cable.
is this possible? if so, how can I do that?
Top Expert 2015
Commented:
Just turn antenna? I have two floors 50sq m each served well...

Author

Commented:
it doesn't have antenna.
I need to bridge both routers . one is :
Linksys e1000 upgraded to DD-WRT and the other is :
Manufacturer       2Wire, Inc.
Model:3800HGV-B
Top Expert 2015
Commented:
You can make DD-RT connect up using BSSID and have it as an AP using same ESSID as other AP (but authentication)
Another way is to connect DD-WRT to ethernet port of ATT router and disable ATT wireless function in hope e1000 has better antennas...

Author

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Manufacturer       2Wire, Inc.
it has GUI and couldn't find where to bridge it to linksys.

Top Expert 2015
Commented:
Linksys is Wireless-N and will have a lot better range. Connect it as aclient to ATT and establish access point.

Author

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gheistDate:

How can I do that? is it in the GUI? if so can you include screenshots?

thanks

Author

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http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Client_Mode_Wireless
I followed this link above and set linksys as a Client.

how do I verify it is set up as a client properly?
Top Expert 2015
Commented:
ssh to linksys and ping www.yahoo.com

Author

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mmmm............
if I enable the network connection for the Linksys I don't get internet ,

Author

Commented:
it looks like there is improvement, since I can online when the linksys adapter is enabled.
but when I telnet to linksys and ping it doesn't give anything, the cursor just goes to the next line. how can I verify linksys[dd-wrt] is going through the ATT then to internet?

Top Expert 2015
Commented:
Stop calling it Linksys or Cisco, with dd-wrt it is none of them around anymore....

You can configure wireless AP interface and public interface in a bridge and disable all DHCP and firewall and you can use it to extend the other network.

Author

Commented:
Correct it s dd-wrt.
I can see it on the ATT router GUI. One thing I want check if i can ping a web site on the internet as you suggested, but could not achieve that.
Top Expert 2015
Commented:
If you are connected with your computer to att and run ping www.yahoo.com ? Nothing?

Author

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If I connect to att and run ping, I am sure it will work, that 's from where I get internet connection.
I want to make sure dd-wrt is connecting to internet via ATT router (the primary). I know the ATT router GUI is seeing the 192.168.1.1 (which is the ip address that I use to get to dd-wrt GUI)

I just though telnetting to dd-wrt, might help test by pingging internet web sites, but it doesn't return anything.

The reason I am doing this, because eventually I need to plug dd-wrt to regular cisco 2600 Router on a different floor from ATT router , then plug Cisco switch 3550 to Cisco 2600 router, and plug some PCs to Cisco 3550 Switch, and get those PCs connected to internet.
Top Expert 2015
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Why you did not say you have ethernet wires? It is easy then.
Can you ping anything from a computer connected to ATT?
What is ATT's management IP (when dd-wrt is off)

We will proceed very slowly to make sure you understand what you are doing at each step.

Author

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My initial question described that I needed to use the dd-wrt on a diferent floor
now when I am connected to ATT router only , I can get to internet web sites, also when I plug the dd-wrt to my computer , the local area connection starts identifying the network then it goes enabled, at this point I have ATT and dd-wrt both enabled and can get to internet.

Now I feel like if I connect the dd-wrt to cisco 2600 router on the first floor, then cisco 3550 switch to cisco 2600 ten some PCs to cisco 3550 switch, those PCs will be able to get internet too.
the first floor is a cisco lab, I want to simulate real environment where they have the internet router connected to the CISCO router--->to Cisco Switch---to PCs. then the PCS will go to internet.


 
It would help a LOT if you were to show connection diagrams .. even if using text.
Like this:
[internet connection] <> [AT&T] <> (wireless channel) <> [DD-WRT] <> etc.

This would particularly help answer the last question about the Cisco lab.....
Top Expert 2015
Commented:
OK - you want them all to share broadcast domain. So you cannot have same IP twice or run two DHCP servers.
What is the management IP of ATT router? I just hope it is not 192.168.1.1, the default of DD-WRT.

Author

Commented:
ATT router IP 192.68.1.254
dd-wrt IP 192.168.1.1


Connection looking in the future  is:

Internet-->ATT----dd-wrt---Cisco 2600 Router ---Cisco 3550 Switch ---PCs

for now I have Internet ---> ATT--->dd-wrt---PC
on my PC I can connect to internet, but I can't verify if it s going through dd-wrt-->ATT
OR it is  going straight through ATT skipping dd-wrt.

Author

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I will check it later...
Thank you all guys!

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