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Dark Carnival 05-18-2007 01:00 PM

Why the heck must connecting two routers wirelessly be near-impossible ?
There's not really a forum which can deal with this but...

I have:
1 LevelOne WBR-3405TX
1 NetGear WGR614
1 SMC WBR 14-G2 (often mentioned as SMCWBR14-G2) -- WDS capable

Now what I need to do is have just ONE of these wireless routers act as the main AP while another router SOMEHOW links up with the other network and makes the internet connection useable from that end.

Why ? An old laptop which has neither the right PCMCIA standard, USB standard or anything. It *needs* a wired connection but we don't want to have a wire going through the entire house.

I've tried several things but I always run into a dead-end ? Why is doing something like this so goddamnably hard ? I have no need for the pc's to be on the same LAN per se, I just want the laptop to be able to access the net in one way or another.. What's the use with Wireless if one can't bridge it over several APs ?

pljvaldez 05-18-2007 01:18 PM

Well, this is an easy job if you have the *right* router. I have a few Linksys WRT54G's using 3rd party firmware that can be used as wireless bridges or as a WDS.

Many of the home routers don't have that functionality built in because it's normally reserved for really expensive wireless routers (i.e. USD $800+).

Dark Carnival 05-18-2007 01:32 PM

It's just pure BS if this cannot be done using standard routers.. I'm so glad I don't use wireless personally.. It still seems like a load of ineffective crap.

I will look into the linksys routers though. Although this will end up with a LONG wire going through the house.. No way I'll want to spend time acquiring 2 special routers, flashing them and whatnot just to do something which *SHOULD* have been a very simple matter..

pljvaldez 05-18-2007 01:42 PM

Well, your other option is to buy a wireless bridge that works with one of you other wi-fi routers. At work we had to buy one (I think it was a linksys wet54g) for a rack mounted computer. It worked fine, you just plugged the ethernet cable into bridge and it worked like a wi-fi card.

Here's a link to a site with a lot of info on WRT54G routers.

Dark Carnival 05-20-2007 02:18 PM

Sorry to have seemed so angry-it was just an incredibly frustrating experience!

That said. Especially the last link helped me and I think I'll pick up a WRT54GL-EU which seems to be a WRT54G v4 and thus pretty compatible in terms of open firmware.

If it works out, I'll definitely get a few of them as then they'd be worth keeping!

Oh and thanks for the notes and suggestions from both. Lovely to see even personal routers can have Linux :)

Quakeboy02 05-20-2007 02:26 PM

There are lots of wireless bridges out there. I use a D-Link "Pocket Router/AP" DWL-G730AP, which can serve as an Access Point, a Client, or what they call Router Mode which is an AP/Router. As a client, you just hook an ethernet cable to it from your computer, configure it through your browser, then connect to your AP. No software/firmware to download/configure and no hassles to deal with.

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