Setting up dir615 after DD-wrt has flashed to it.
Flashing was easy with help from eibgrad! Now want set-up router as a repeater with a netgear WPN824NA as a base. The DD-wrt control panel I have never seen before now. Not sure of what changes need to made in the netgear control panel either.
Yes, that link at dd-wrt is certainly one way. However, I find it often confuses newbs. Many end up stomping the wireless client configuration in their clumsy attempts to configure the wireless AP. I find it much easier (and much more obvious what’s actually happening) if you break it into two steps. Also, there’s a lot of extraneous stuff in there you don’t need, like refs to AP Isolation, DNSMasq, SPI, Advance Routing, holy crap, no wonder ppl routinely mess it up, it should be rewritten imo.
Here’s the “simple” way, fwiw.
First configure the router for "client bridge", and ONLY once that's working, update that same configuration to "repeater bridge".
Assign the router a static IP in the same network as the primary router (and not in use by its DHCP server). So say the primary is 192.168.1.1, perhaps make the repeater 192.168.1.2. Save and reboot. Update the wireless mode to "client bridge". Save and reboot. Update the wireless security to match your primary router (SSID, wireless key, etc.). Save and reboot.
If done correctly, you should be able to support WIRED clients at the repeater.
DO NOT PROCEED FURTHER UNTIL THIS WORKS!
Leaving the client bridges settings alone, change the wireless mode from "client bridge" to "repeater bridge". Save and reboot. At the bottom of the wireless setup add and configure the virtual SSID. Save and reboot. Go to wireless security and you'll see a second section for the new SSID where you can add wireless security. Save and reboot.
At that point you should have support for both WIRED and WIRELESS clients at the repeater.
NOTE: If you use the same SSID and wireless security for both routers, you'll also have a form of wireless roaming. Wireless clients will automatically select the AP w/ the strongest signal. Not a big advantage for fixed devices, but perhaps useful for portables.
Trust me, it’s MUCH easier and less prone to errors if you take it in STEPS!
Still have problems:
First it ask for name and password no problem I assign it.
Second go to Wireless then to Basis setup:
Set Wireless mode to-- Client
Wireless Network Mode to-- Mixed
Channel width to-- Full
Put my Network name in
Save and Apply
Third go to Setup then to Basic Setup then to WAN setup:
Connection Type to-- Static IP
WAN IP address 192.168.1.2
Subnet mask 255.255.255.0
Then Save then Apply.
I go to Status then to Wireless scroll to bottom hit site survey then join my network successfully, but no internet. Is it to soon?
As often happens, seeing it provides clues. The biggest clues for me were the wireless mode being “Client Bridge (Routed)” (it should just say “Client Bridge”), followed by Default GW Mode (which I’ve never seen before). So I did a little research on these and found the following:
Seems other ppl are also having problems w/ client bridge and this specific router (DIR-615, v E3). Of course, that will lead to problems w/ “repeater bridge” too.
See why I say you need to approach this in steps! Or why a small detail like the E3 release (not even mentioned in this thread until now) can make all the difference.
This sometimes happens w/ dd-wrt. Regressions or just some sort of change from release to release causes things to stop working. And frankly, since we (as users) don't control the code, we rarely find out why. We're just left to find other releases that do work.
Fortunately, bridging is so basic (it’s even available in the micro builds), that any release that works should be sufficient.
Go to the dd-wrt database, enter DIR-615, and in the dropdown box, select the 14896 build.
NOTE: You probably only need the webflash image, not the special image, since you're already past the factory firmware.
I downloaded the webflash image, opened it in my hex editor, it does not have the script at the end like the other. I do have to edit this one?
I can add the code :091105-01
by replacing a bunch of dots :.......................
That is all that is at the end of the program.
I am not sure to add or not.
eibgrad Thank you once again for your patience,I know I bugged a lot!! But, I did finally get it. I did try the 14265 build first, would get so far and before finishing set-up would loose connection to the router ( bottom of screen in the taskbar would get the little yellow flag on my network connection icon.) And several attempts
gave up and move the 14896 build, even it took few attempts same problem, at this time not sure what I differently. But I did get it. I will tinker a bit more I don't believe I got it 100% yet. I did watch you tube videos and many different webpages all help some but none really it dead on for me. Again many thanks.
And if there is any website or webpage you can direct me to that would be helpful, another link so something your friend froggy!!
The only other thing I would have suggested is youtube had you not mentioned it already. The best chipset for bridging has always been Broadcom, but the DIR-615 uses Atheros. Atheros and Ralink chipsets can be troublesome at times. Seems to vary by router make & model (perhaps version, as in this case).