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I currently have an extra Linksys BEFW11S4 router laying around. Im currently running a Linksys WRT54G in the household

What would be a good use for this old router I have here? Anything cool I can do with it?

Be advised though, this is a wireless-B and my other is a Wireless-G
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post #2 of 9
maybe using it as a regular wired router? Not sure if u can set it up as a bridge for a consol or something. Throw it at a cop! (and run)
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post #3 of 9
You could use it as an access point for hard to reach spaces (signal). You just have to remember to turn DHCP off on the extra router, as you can't have two DHCP servers on one network. Also, you have to make sure to connect the two routers via the LAN ports. So the extra router does NOT have a cable that goes to the WAN port.

The network that I setup for my parents uses two wireless routers. The one that they had originally, I moved it to the basement where all the telephone lines are. I then turned off the wireless functions on that router, so I basically turned it into a wired router/switch. This is the router that has the DHCP server.

Then the new router is used as a wireless access point, but this one has DHCP turned off. It takes all the wireless connections and sends the signal to the main router to be processed.
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post #4 of 9
Unfortunately it doesn't look like it will run DD-WRT.

You could always do as the above and:
1) Disable DHCP
2) Assign static IP inside of your subnet but outside of the existing DHCP range
3) Assign the same SSID and security settings
4) Run a long arse cat5 cable to wherever you want extra wireless coverage

Other than that, not much. You could use it as an unmanaged switch just by plugging things into the LAN ports..
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post #5 of 9
Correct. As for the IP's, I would suggest having the routers use a similar IP and making sure the DHCP pool starts a bit later.

What I mean is have the main router be 192.168.2.1 and have the second router be 192.168.2.2. Then you could start the DHCP pool at 192.168.2.10 for example. This is how I set up the IP address allocation on my parent's network. This setup will allow seven more routers if I wish.

Some router's default IP is 192.168.1.1, some have 192.168.0.1. Like beers said, make sure they are in the same range, but not in the DHCP pool.
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post #6 of 9
I use my old routers as ghetto network switches
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I was going to say create a bogus secondary WLAN with an SSID like 'Free internetz for urvryone!' then use Upsidedownternet to annoy the hell out of anyone who connects.

But it looks like DD-WRT is out of the picture.
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Sorry for stealing the thread, but what is the cheapest (but still good) router to put DD-WRT on ? I would like to use it with the 360.
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Greetz
Routers can be used in lots of ways. You could add a new subnet to your intranet for streaming multimedia and depending on your TV setup connect everything or only some things either two-way or one-way. Depending on your printer (if it has a NIC included) you can set it up and allow, spool, or deny access to printing. You can setup a gaming subnet for LAN parties.

When you add the wireless capabilities many phones, tablets and other web enabled appliances can access through an often faster web connect. Webcams and security cams can also be setup on your intranet. iIRC there are even ways to access some cars for various information and activities.

These are a few off the top of my head. Hope this tickles your imagination and you come up with something cool.
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