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I'm trying to use a second router. I want it to connect wirelessly to the first router and then act as a switch between computers.



something like:




internet --> router #1
wifi
router #2
switch (if poss)
multiple computers



The switch would be good, but not completely necessary. I could do with more ports than the router has, but can manage with just the 4.


The routers are Linksys; an N150 and a WRT54G2.

Would be good if the N150 can be router #1 but if it can't be, it doesn't matter too much.

Thanks in advance.


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After some googling, this is what I found. I didn't read through everything, but hopefully it'll get you on the right track.

How to set up your router to be a bridge:
http://pcshare.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&func=view&catid=38&id=180&Itemid=0

How to configure it to be a switch:
http://www.khoavo.com/technology/2011-01-09/how-to-configure-unused-wireless-router-as-wireless-receiver-or-adapter/
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Thanks,

is it a 'bridge' that I want to do?
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Originally Posted by makecoldplayhistory View Post

Thanks,
is it a 'bridge' that I want to do?
Yes, wireless bridging.

DD-WRT supports it very well (assuming both routers can run it).
    
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Both routers can have DD_WRT (according to the DD-WRT site). Is flashing the firmware necessary though? I'd rather not do it, if I can avoid it.

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You'd mainly need DD-WRT on the wireless bridge device (router 2).
You wouldn't need it for simply running a basic access point on router 1.
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You'd mainly need DD-WRT on the wireless bridge device (router 2).
You wouldn't need it for simply running a basic access point on router 1.

True,

But I'd seriously consider flashing them both, you'll get a lot more out of your hardware.
    
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True,
But I'd seriously consider flashing them both, you'll get a lot more out of your hardware.

Honestly, they do what I want (except the wireless bridging) anyway.

I bought a TP-LINK TL-WA730RE today. Configure it tomorrow; it looks like one of those rare occasions when I'll need to read the instructions.

It means I've now got a router to experiment on (the WRT54G2) so can try out DD-WRT and see if it's worth doing to the much better* N150.


Thanks for the replies.


*so don't want to break it
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Originally Posted by makecoldplayhistory View Post

Honestly, they do what I want (except the wireless bridging) anyway.
I bought a TP-LINK TL-WA730RE today. Configure it tomorrow; it looks like one of those rare occasions when I'll need to read the instructions.
It means I've now got a router to experiment on (the WRT54G2) so can try out DD-WRT and see if it's worth doing to the much better* N150.
Thanks for the replies.
*so don't want to break it

These days, especially with v24+ it's very hard to brick a router by doing a bad DD-WRT flash.

On my WNDR3700v2 it was literally upload, flash, go. 10 min job.
    
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