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Thread: 2 Wireless Routers and a wireless Bridge help

  1. #1
    queequeeg78@gmail.com
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    2 Wireless Routers and a wireless Bridge help

    Ok hope I am detailed as possible and dont confuse anyone =)

    I have a verizon modem connected to a linksys wrt54g v5 G router, its
    in our parents room. Now I had bought a new Linksys N wireless Router
    for my room which I have devices hooked up (PS3,Wii, Apple TV, and my
    Netgear Storage, and my laptop), well I wanted to hook up my router in
    my room to access the internet in my parents room, but no funds for a
    bridge, and sadly my linksys WRT54G is v5 so no tomato or DD-WRT can
    be installed to act as a bridge. But I did have a wireless G music
    bridge, so I hooked it up and it worked!! But the connection keeps
    dropping...so here is my question.

    Do I need to set both routers to act as a DHCP server? and do I need
    to change the internet connection type from (automatically
    configurtaion-DHCP) to an actual ip address?

    As of right now I need to connect the cable from the music bridge to
    the (WAN) input behind my N wireless router and renew the ip address
    then hook it back up to a ethernet port usually 4.

    ANy help would be great!!! sorry for the long novel.



  2. #2
    seaweedsl
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    Re: 2 Wireless Routers and a wireless Bridge help

    On Nov 7, 8:12*pm, queequee...@gmail.com wrote:
    > Ok hope I am detailed as possible and dont confuse anyone =)
    >
    > I have a verizon modem connected to a linksys wrt54g v5 G router, its
    > in our parents room. Now I had bought a new Linksys N wireless Router
    > for my room which I have devices hooked up (PS3,Wii, Apple TV, and my
    > Netgear Storage, and my laptop), well I wanted to hook up my router in
    > my room to access the internet in my parents room, but no funds for a
    > bridge, and sadly my linksys WRT54G is v5 so no tomato or DD-WRT can
    > be installed to act as a bridge.


    Are you sure about that? I seem to remember seeing that they worked
    out the fix and you can flash a micro or mini DD-WRT version after
    doing something to the VXworks firmware. Go to DDWRT.com wiki and
    check. I think they can do V5,6,7,8 now.


    But I did have a wireless G music
    > bridge, so I hooked it up and it worked!! But the connection keeps
    > dropping...so here is my question.
    >
    > Do I need to set both routers to act as a DHCP server? and do I need
    > to change the internet connection type from (automatically
    > configurtaion-DHCP) to an actual ip address?
    >


    I have the second router (behind the bridge) just act as an AP/switch
    and pass it on to the main router. That way everything is on the same
    subnet and there should be less confusion.


    > As of right now I need to connect the cable from the music bridge to
    > the (WAN) input behind my N wireless router and renew the ip address
    > then hook it back up to a ethernet port usually 4.
    >
    > ANy help would be great!!! sorry for the long novel.



    Yes, give router #2 a LAN address in the main subnet if using it as an
    AP/switch. Connect the bridge to a LAN port on the 2nd router.
    This is the simpler setup and just uses the bridge and 2nd router as
    an extension of one subnet. WAN side or router #2 is ignored.

    I guess that the other configuration would be to give it or let it be
    assigned a WAN address (?) and keep it connected through the WAN port
    to the bridge. In that case it would be used with it's DHCP on for a
    different subnet. Firewall off?

    Steve

  3. #3
    Jeff Liebermann
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    Re: 2 Wireless Routers and a wireless Bridge help

    On Fri, 7 Nov 2008 18:12:45 -0800 (PST), queequeeg78@gmail.com wrote:

    >but no funds for a
    >bridge, and sadly my linksys WRT54G is v5 so no tomato or DD-WRT can
    >be installed to act as a bridge.


    Wrong. I have DD-WRT mini installed on several WRT54G v5 and one v8.
    I had problems with v23 on v5, but v24 SP1 works perfectly. However,
    I don't use it for a wireless router. I use these for client wireless
    bridges, which is what I think you want for your PS3, Wii, etc. It
    would require that you buy a better wireless router, but good routers
    are not that expensive. If you want to save money and disappointment,
    just an ordinary 802.11g router will do fine. You can probably live
    without MIMO and other enhanced modes, which are really all about
    speed, not range, or interior wall penetration. No clue if this fits
    into your plans.

    > Now I had bought a new Linksys N wireless Router


    Maker and model of the Linksys N wireless router? Linksys makes
    several. Incidentally, before you blunder onward with your testing,
    be sure to check the Linksys web pile for the latest firmware.
    Firmware updates tend to fix some connection problems and is generally
    a good idea. Same with your other wireless hardware.

    >But I did have a wireless G music
    >bridge,


    Maker and model of the music bridge?

    >so I hooked it up and it worked!! But the connection keeps
    >dropping...so here is my question.


    Distance between WRT54G and this "music bridge".
    Number of inside walls that you're trying to penetrate?
    Wall constructions? (Paper, plastic, steel, or concrete?)
    Type of antennas involved? Any reflectors?
    Check for interefence (site survey)? Try different channels.

    >Do I need to set both routers to act as a DHCP server?


    No. There should be exactly one DHCP server in the system. At this
    time, it's probably your existing WRT54G v5.

    You may be confused with DHCP server and client. The WRT54G router is
    the servers. The other devices, including your wireless music bridge,
    are all DHCP clients.

    >and do I need
    >to change the internet connection type from (automatically
    >configurtaion-DHCP) to an actual ip address?


    No. DHCP (automatic) configuration is fine, as long as it properly
    obtains an IP adress from the WRT54G DHCP server. You might test this
    by temporarily relocating the bridge in the same room as the WRT54G.

    >As of right now I need to connect the cable


    What cable? Ethernet cable?

    >from the music bridge to
    >the (WAN) input behind my N wireless router and renew the ip address
    >then hook it back up to a ethernet port usually 4.


    Huh? I thought you said that it worked? My guess(tm) is that you
    don't have enough signal to run the wireless bridge. It might be too
    much distance or too many walls in between. Hard to tell from here.

    >ANy help would be great!!! sorry for the long novel.


    Hint: Makers, models, numbers, details.


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    150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
    Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
    Skype: JeffLiebermann AE6KS 831-336-2558

  4. #4
    seaweedsl
    Guest

    Re: 2 Wireless Routers and a wireless Bridge help

    On Nov 8, 10:53*am, Jeff Liebermann <je...@cruzio.com> wrote:
    > On Fri, 7 Nov 2008 18:12:45 -0800 (PST), queequee...@gmail.com wrote:


    >
    > >and do I need
    > >to change the internet connection type from (automatically
    > >configurtaion-DHCP) to an actual ip address?

    >
    > No. *DHCP (automatic) configuration is fine, as long as it properly
    > obtains an IP adress from the WRT54G DHCP server. *You might test this
    > by temporarily relocating the bridge in the same room as the WRT54G.
    >


    Jeff, don't you think it's better to assign an IP for the bridge and
    AP/switch in a setup like this? I know that at the least, going in
    to check the interface of these devices is a lot easier if their
    address is not changing all the time. For example, I set the main
    router at xxx.1, various APs at .2, .3, .4 and then I can put them in
    my favorites and go check on each one in a single click.

    It also seems neater to keep them outside of the range of the DHCP
    pool as well, gives a little added clarity for the administrator...

    Steve

  5. #5
    Jeff Liebermann
    Guest

    Re: 2 Wireless Routers and a wireless Bridge help

    On Sun, 9 Nov 2008 08:25:17 -0800 (PST), seaweedsl
    <seaweedsteve@gmail.com> wrote:

    >On Nov 8, 10:53*am, Jeff Liebermann <je...@cruzio.com> wrote:
    >> On Fri, 7 Nov 2008 18:12:45 -0800 (PST), queequee...@gmail.com wrote:

    >
    >>
    >> >and do I need
    >> >to change the internet connection type from (automatically
    >> >configurtaion-DHCP) to an actual ip address?

    >>
    >> No. *DHCP (automatic) configuration is fine, as long as it properly
    >> obtains an IP adress from the WRT54G DHCP server. *You might test this
    >> by temporarily relocating the bridge in the same room as the WRT54G.
    >>

    >
    >Jeff, don't you think it's better to assign an IP for the bridge and
    >AP/switch in a setup like this?


    Yes, it's probably better to use a static IP for a device that doesn't
    move around (routers, bridges, print servers, network devices, etc).
    The original question was whether it was necessary to use a static IP,
    which I answered that it was not necessary.

    It's also possible to use a pre-assigned DHCP address, where the
    router has a table of MAC addresses and corresponding DHCP
    pre-assigned IP addresses (which incidentally does NOT need to be
    inside the DHCP assigned address range).

    >I know that at the least, going in
    >to check the interface of these devices is a lot easier if their
    >address is not changing all the time. For example, I set the main
    >router at xxx.1, various APs at .2, .3, .4 and then I can put them in
    >my favorites and go check on each one in a single click.
    >
    >It also seems neater to keep them outside of the range of the DHCP
    >pool as well, gives a little added clarity for the administrator...
    >
    >Steve

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    Jeff Liebermann jeffl@cruzio.com
    150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
    Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
    Skype: JeffLiebermann AE6KS 831-336-2558

  6. #6
    seaweedsl
    Guest

    Re: 2 Wireless Routers and a wireless Bridge help

    On Nov 10, 11:14*am, Jeff Liebermann <je...@cruzio.com> wrote:

    > The original question was whether it was necessary to use a static IP,
    > which I answered that it was not necessary. *
    >


    Yes, I caught that, just trying to clarify from what works to best
    practice.

    Steve

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