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I have a Linksys WRT54GL w/Tomato ver 1.28 that I'm trying desperately to set up. I want to wire my pc to it and have the Tom router wirelessly connect to the house's wireless network.
Now: I had this working for over two years at my old house. I know all the security settings for the new house but owner won't let me connect to the main router. I've tried various settings trying to get the Tom router to connect. Version 1.28 tells me only AP mode can use WPA2 Personal which is what I need to use (otherwise owner will have to reset all devices).
So, rather than list all the settings I've tried, and rather than have someone tell me "you want WET mode" let me ask if anyone can offer settings that will work. This is plain vanilla stuff, I just can't log into the the main router.
Main router uses 192.168.1.1, I've tried various IP's but believe 192.168.1.2 should work (on the Tom router). I release/reset but always have to "reset" the Linksys and start over because I can't get the login using whatever IP I set for the Tom router. I think a reboot may solve that.
I believe I should be able to config this w/o connecting to the main router, I just need the correct settings. I can connect the 'Tom' router (by ethernet) from Lan to Lan port but that does not solve. (Also have read I don't have to use a crossover cable.)
Plan B is trying another NIC but for a number of reasons this is a far superior solution.
Thanks for any assistance, this is absolutely killing me,
I'm not familiar with tomato but you need to configure the Linksys as a gateway. The only caveat is that you can not use the router as an access point. You should be able to configure the device from a wired connection independent of the main router.
Well that's a new one: don't know what's up with having two gateways. Some people seem thrown by thinking only wireless can connect to an AP but according to linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/various-wireless-modes-available-in-tomato an AP allows wireless clients and bridges to connect to it. Your link guy's gotchas: 1st) correct, should be able to leave the main router alone. 2nd) new to me: Worked previously w/o having to config as a GW. 3rd) What I believe I need to match exactly is WPA2 Personal (& AES) so this doesn't seem like it would work. One comment says set Tom router as router, only main as GW and says WAP can use WPA/WPA2 but bridge must be WPA.
Well, I'll keep trying configurations but one thing that's perplexing is how this Linksys router doesn't let me back in after saving settings. Constantly doing a 'reset' and trying different settings.
The house router wireless configuration is an access point. In order for the linksys router to connect to the home wireless it needs to be configured as a gateway or sometimes called client mode. Configuring it as a bridge will allow the connected devices remain on the same subnet.
I'm running tomato 1.28 on my personal router (Asus RT-N16). While mine is configured as a normal wireless router, in the drop down menu under Basic -> Wireless -> Wireless Mode, there is an option for "wireless client" and "wireless ethernet bridge". I'm not sure what the difference is, but I imagine one of those is what you're looking for. Both options still have WPA/WPA2 listed for security on my router.
It looks like both would work, but "wireless ethernet bridge" will turn off the dhcp server and let the router work like a transparent wireless adapter, while "wireless client" will host its own dhcp server like a normal router.
Last edited by suicidaleggroll; 02-20-2014 at 05:01 PM.