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Bridging with linksys products... a lost art?

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September 1, 2004 6:18:58 PM

Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

The situation:
Downstairs: wireless router and dsl modem for internet acces.
Upstairs: 2 pc's (with ethernet adapters).
Roaming: a laptop with a wifi adapter.

The question:
How to get wireless internet everywhere.
Running a cable down is not an option.

When I started I thought it'd be a no-brainer. Little did I know :) 

The laptop is trivial, it connects to the WRT54G which is also an AP.

The problem is the 2 pc's. I could try to equip both of them with a
wifi adapter but that's not what I want because a) the usb adapter
WUSB54G that I have is unstable - half of the time it cannot find my
network after booting it, whereas the laptop has no problem. So I'd
rather get rid of it. And b) one of the pc's is a linux box -
difficult to find a wifi adapter for that.

So I was thinking why not leave the ps's as they are and bridge
ethernet to wireless? I started looking for ways to do that. Pretty
soon I found the WET54G, a wireless ethernet bridge, unfortunately
with 1 port only. I could use it to get the linux pc wireless but
shouldn't I be able to wire a switch to it and then wire both my pc's
to that? I have found some references on the net that claim this can
be done, but I have found many many more postings that said it did not
work at all or not properly or only with static ip or only every other
tuesday. I have found similar references that claim the WET54GS5 which
has a switch built in (!) does not properly work either. All in all, I
have little faith in this approach.

So I looked for another way. I found references that said I could put
SVEsoft firmware on another WRT54G and run it as a client, which would
then be able to bridge using the 4 LAN ports that it has. That's it,
you'd say if it weren't for the fact that the sveasoft FAQ mentions
that in client mode not all the ports work properly and you can really
only use it to bridge 1 ethernet device. So again I am back to square
one.

To sum it up:

- not happy with the linksys usb adapter and no idea if the pci is
better.
- using either WET bridge might possible but hard to find actual
success stories.
- using a router as a bridge with mod. firmware might be possible but
hard to find actual success stories.

Before I invest more money in linksys I desperately need some people
to confirm that bridging ethernet (more than 1 device!) to wireless
can actually be done. It doesn't necessarily have to be linksys but I
have a linksys router and I thought it'd be safer to stick w/ the same
vendor.

Also useful would be suggestions on the usb adapter problem or
recommendations on good wifi adapters in general because the WUSB54G
is not in that league it seems.

I know I can't be the only one with this problem.

tnx...
Anonymous
September 2, 2004 1:47:18 AM

Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

> So I looked for another way. I found references that said I could put
> SVEsoft firmware on another WRT54G and run it as a client, which would
> then be able to bridge using the 4 LAN ports that it has. That's it,
> you'd say if it weren't for the fact that the sveasoft FAQ mentions
> that in client mode not all the ports work properly and you can really
> only use it to bridge 1 ethernet device. So again I am back to square
> one.

The client mode of the asus wl-500g (basically same hardware as wrt54g)
doesn't mention any such limitation (either in the latest official firmware
or in the free third party firmwares from wl500g.dyndns.org).


Stefan
Anonymous
September 2, 2004 1:47:51 AM

Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

I had the WET54g hooked up to a router with DHCP disabled. just like
you want to do. Why did I use a router your ask. Only $40 more than
a switch and now I have a spare. It worked ok. AP was upstairs,
wirless bridge downstairs almost directly on top of each other.
singnal was only about 30% most of the time but it did work.

I moved and hooked everything up again. This time one floor. WET54g
was about 35 ft away. Still only 25% to 30% signal strength. I
wanted to move one of the computers to the far end of the house and
bought the WET54GS5 like you mention. At the far end of the house
about 65 ft I now have 98% signal strength and very very good
throughput. The closer one at 35ft never waivers off 100%. I think
linksys changed the chips or other hardware. I do know that the first
version of the WET54G they never upreade the software for WPA. The
wet54gs5 does a very good job for me.


On 1 Sep 2004 14:18:58 -0700, nulldev@zonnet.nl (nulldev) wrote:

>The situation:
>Downstairs: wireless router and dsl modem for internet acces.
>Upstairs: 2 pc's (with ethernet adapters).
>Roaming: a laptop with a wifi adapter.
>
>The question:
>How to get wireless internet everywhere.
>Running a cable down is not an option.
>
>When I started I thought it'd be a no-brainer. Little did I know :) 
>
>The laptop is trivial, it connects to the WRT54G which is also an AP.
>
>The problem is the 2 pc's. I could try to equip both of them with a
>wifi adapter but that's not what I want because a) the usb adapter
>WUSB54G that I have is unstable - half of the time it cannot find my
>network after booting it, whereas the laptop has no problem. So I'd
>rather get rid of it. And b) one of the pc's is a linux box -
>difficult to find a wifi adapter for that.
>
>So I was thinking why not leave the ps's as they are and bridge
>ethernet to wireless? I started looking for ways to do that. Pretty
>soon I found the WET54G, a wireless ethernet bridge, unfortunately
>with 1 port only. I could use it to get the linux pc wireless but
>shouldn't I be able to wire a switch to it and then wire both my pc's
>to that? I have found some references on the net that claim this can
>be done, but I have found many many more postings that said it did not
>work at all or not properly or only with static ip or only every other
>tuesday. I have found similar references that claim the WET54GS5 which
>has a switch built in (!) does not properly work either. All in all, I
>have little faith in this approach.
>
>So I looked for another way. I found references that said I could put
>SVEsoft firmware on another WRT54G and run it as a client, which would
>then be able to bridge using the 4 LAN ports that it has. That's it,
>you'd say if it weren't for the fact that the sveasoft FAQ mentions
>that in client mode not all the ports work properly and you can really
>only use it to bridge 1 ethernet device. So again I am back to square
>one.
>
>To sum it up:
>
>- not happy with the linksys usb adapter and no idea if the pci is
>better.
>- using either WET bridge might possible but hard to find actual
>success stories.
>- using a router as a bridge with mod. firmware might be possible but
>hard to find actual success stories.
>
>Before I invest more money in linksys I desperately need some people
>to confirm that bridging ethernet (more than 1 device!) to wireless
>can actually be done. It doesn't necessarily have to be linksys but I
>have a linksys router and I thought it'd be safer to stick w/ the same
>vendor.
>
>Also useful would be suggestions on the usb adapter problem or
>recommendations on good wifi adapters in general because the WUSB54G
>is not in that league it seems.
>
>I know I can't be the only one with this problem.
>
>tnx...
!