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March 25, 2010 4:19:33 AM

Hello,

My wife and I run a horse ranch, that is quite expansive. Wired setups are not an option, so we are using wireless as much as possible. That being said, here is our setup and issues:

House - I have a Linksys WRT300N connected to the Internet through my provider at the house. Several computers, DISH network, the kids' xBox 360 and a printer are connected on this wired/wireless network and communicate with each other and the internet.

Settings -
WRT300N
DHCP Enabled
IPv4 - 192.168.1.1
Subnet Mask - 255.255.255.0
Wireless - WEP enabled, BPH-House



Office - I have added a Linksys WET610N wireless bridge that connects a Linksys WRT54G (about 85 feet from the house). The office has multiple W/S', laptops, printers, scanners, NAS, DISH Network and Video game systems on this wired/wireless network and communicate with each other and the internet.

Settings -
WET610N
Static IP
IPv4 - 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask - 255.255.255.0
Gateway - 192.168.1.1
Wireless - WEP enabled, BPH-House


WRT54G
Static IP, DHCP Disabled
IPv4 - 192.168.1.3
Subnet Mask - 255.255.255.0
Gateway - 192.168.1.2
Wireless - WEP enabled, BPH-Office



Barns and Client Break Areas - Nothing set up yet, but is about 150 feet from the office and 200 feet from the house.

I am able to connect to the internet from both installed locations just fine, but I cannot connect to the computers in the opposite location. In other words, the office cannot see the devices in the house and vice versa.

Please help.... I am banging my head against the wall.
March 25, 2010 4:32:23 AM

Make sure the Wireless router that installed on your office have the same SSID as the one on your home to allow roaming then you will be able to see each other
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March 25, 2010 5:02:44 AM

WRT300N:
DHCP: Enabled
IP Address: 192.168.1.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway IP: N/A (it *is* the gateway)

WET610N:
DHCP: N/A (Disabled if it was)
IP Address: 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway IP: 192.168.1.1

WRT54G:
DHCP: Disabled
IP Address: 192.168.1.3
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway IP: 192.168.1.1

NOTE #1: The WRT54G must be patched to the WET610N LAN to LAN, do NOT use the WAN port of the WRT54G.

NOTE #2: Make sure WRT300N and WRT54G use different wireless channels (1, 6, and 11 provide maximum separation).

NOTE #3: All devices share the same DHCP server (on WRT300N) and by extension the same 192.168.1.x network.

NOTE #4: Make sure AP Isolation is DISABLED on all three wireless devices (if available). It usually is, but check anyway.

NOTE #5: I strongly discourage WEP since it’s easily hacked (takes anyone worth worrying about only a few minutes w/ tools readily available on the ‘net). Use WPA2 (preferred) or WPA. With all those modern devices, there’s just no reason to use WEP unless you have an older WEP-only device (e.g., Nintendo DS). And even then, there may be better options than exposing your entire network.

NOTE #6: As Akram666 suggests, you could use the same SSID and wireless security if you want roaming. I’m not sure it matters at these distances, but if you had laptops, iPhones, and other portable/handheld devices, it might prove useful.

NOTE #7: Although this is an advanced option, you could possibly install third party firmware (e.g., dd-wrt or tomato) on the WRT54G router and convert it into a wireless repeater bridge, eliminating the need for the WET610N completely (and perhaps freeing it up for other purposes). Again, it’s definitely an advanced option, but strictly speaking, the WET610N could probably be eliminated.


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March 26, 2010 4:04:30 PM

Thank you SOOOOOOOOOO much!!!! We are golden now.

Matt


eibgrad said:
WRT300N:
DHCP: Enabled
IP Address: 192.168.1.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway IP: N/A (it *is* the gateway)

WET610N:
DHCP: N/A (Disabled if it was)
IP Address: 192.168.1.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway IP: 192.168.1.1

WRT54G:
DHCP: Disabled
IP Address: 192.168.1.3
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway IP: 192.168.1.1

NOTE #1: The WRT54G must be patched to the WET610N LAN to LAN, do NOT use the WAN port of the WRT54G.

NOTE #2: Make sure WRT300N and WRT54G use different wireless channels (1, 6, and 11 provide maximum separation).

NOTE #3: All devices share the same DHCP server (on WRT300N) and by extension the same 192.168.1.x network.

NOTE #4: Make sure AP Isolation is DISABLED on all three wireless devices (if available). It usually is, but check anyway.

NOTE #5: I strongly discourage WEP since it’s easily hacked (takes anyone worth worrying about only a few minutes w/ tools readily available on the ‘net). Use WPA2 (preferred) or WPA. With all those modern devices, there’s just no reason to use WEP unless you have an older WEP-only device (e.g., Nintendo DS). And even then, there may be better options than exposing your entire network.

NOTE #6: As Akram666 suggests, you could use the same SSID and wireless security if you want roaming. I’m not sure it matters at these distances, but if you had laptops, iPhones, and other portable/handheld devices, it might prove useful.

NOTE #7: Although this is an advanced option, you could possibly install third party firmware (e.g., dd-wrt or tomato) on the WRT54G router and convert it into a wireless repeater bridge, eliminating the need for the WET610N completely (and perhaps freeing it up for other purposes). Again, it’s definitely an advanced option, but strictly speaking, the WET610N could probably be eliminated.

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