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I have cisco wireless router DD-WRT v24-sp2 . I want to bridge with the existing wireless router, it's Verizon wireless router at home. Then plug the cable cat5 cable to cisco wireless router ethernet port on one end end the other end of the cat5 will be plugged to Desktop that does not have wireless card.

I opened up the configuration page of cisco wireless router.
I need to know if it needs to be client bridge or repeater bridge and the SSID, does it need to be the one that is used for Verizon wireless router.?

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it depends on the current situation and what you want to do.

client bridge mode will fullfil your needs as it is connected via ethernet and you might need to do file sharing among the desktop and your other wireless devices.

Details of the explanation is as follows:

"How Does the Client Wireless Bridge Differ from Repeater Mode?

To put it simply, a Client Bridge links computers while a Wireless Repeater connects routers.

These mode changing options can be found in later builds of DD-WRT under the Wireless –> Basic Settings Tab (as seen in the image above). The default mode in DD-WRT is AP, which sets your router up as a standard access point for users.

A Client Bridge can connect disparate pieces of a company of home network that were previously unable to connect through a router. The intended use for a Repeater is  to take a wireless signal from a network and giving it a new-found, extended range.

Placing a Repeater in an opportune location can significantly strengthen a computer’s connection and network signal from a primary gateway. A Repeater is useful in a home or office when you are trying to boost wireless connection strengths, wireless range, and overall network sensitivity.

Client Bridges are increasingly popular for creating secured wired connections without the involvement of wireless signals. With Client Bridges, the WLAN and the LAN are on the same subnet. Consequently, NAT is no longer used and services that are running on the original network (like DHCP) work seamlessly on the the created bridged network.

Inside a client bridged network, computers can see one another inside a Windows Network. However, the router will no longer accept wireless clients or broadcast beacons as it would in Repeater mode, minimizing the outside accessibility to the network.

If you are looking to extend wireless access to more remote parts of a home or office then the Repeater is the way to go. If you are looking to create a more seamless integrated network of computers without concern for extended wireless signal, then a Client Bridge could be the solution."

source: https://www.flashrouters.com/blog/2011/10/19/what-is-the-difference-between-client-bridge-wireless-repeater-modes-in-dd-wrt/
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I have one computer desktop connected to Verizon wireless router which is connected straight to the wall. this computer is in RoomA

I have another desktop in Room C, so it is awkward to run Cat5 cable from RoomA to RoomC.
I have another Cisco Wireless Router dd-wrt.in RoomC, I want to configure this wireless router to get the signal from Verizon wireless router which is in RoomA, then plug short Cat5 cable from Cisco Wireless router port to the Network adapter of the Desktop in RoomC.

How can I configure Cisco wireless router in order to accomplish what I need.??
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According to your scenario, Wireless Repeater mode is the only option.
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Do you mean Repeater Bridge?
if so which SSID should I use , the one of Verizon wireless router?
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Do you mean Repeater Bridge? <- YES

if so which SSID should I use , the one of Verizon wireless router?

There will be two SSIDs, one for the primary router and the other for the Cisco wireless router.

In short, the primary router shall be in the default AP mode and have a DHCP server and the Cisco wireless router will be connected to the primary router via wifi and there shall be standard WPA2-aes encryption for the primary router.

In Room A, you shall use the SSID for the primary router and in Room C, you shall use the SSID for the Cisco Wireless Router.

Details of the instruction are in the wiki page below.

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Repeater_Bridge

The drawback of Repeater Bridge is that it is a bit complicated to do file sharing among the desktop PCs in Room A and Room C.
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I will Try whenever I get a chance…Thank you
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