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Old Feb 8th, 2007, 12:38 PM   #1
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Question Linksys WRT54G as WAP ???????

This is on to Bell DSL - please, no discussion of the merits/or_not of Bell {Sympatico), please, I have no choice for the speed (and speed/price). I'd like to put off buying a new Access Point (WAP) before the "N" standard settles down. There are plenty of instructions how to do this, for example, no problem - doing it all over. My issue is (??) the router.

Sympatico Subnet Mask (here, anyway) is 255.255.255.255

The setting in the **STOCK** firmware is by menu, see attached, in which my SM is not an option.

??? WTF? To be able to see my Linksys, I need to be able to set the SubMask to 255.255.255.255

I have tried a lot of variations... without success. In order to configure the Linksys I have to take it out of the network, hard wire into it and go 192.168.1.1 on subnet 255.255.255.0

No way I can set it to be seen over the net.... which is not cool if I have to, say, allow a visitor through my MAC filter... I got a reputation to uphold here!

Am I missing something??
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Dd-wrt

One thing you can do is:
1/ upgrade the firmware of your WRT54G and use DD-WRT instead. All instructions, warnings and files can be found there:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/ddwrt.php

2/ Use DD-WRT to seamlessly change your WRT54G into a WAP (Wireless Access Point), see how this works here:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php...s_Access_Point

Hope this can help.
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is 255.255.255.255 a valid subnet mask?? I've never heard or seen someone using it before. And it's lame that the router doesn't let you type in your wubnet mask!
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I read somewhere that there is a problem w/ the most recent firmware in the WRT54Gv6 that prevents the macbook from being asigned a DHCP. I know... because i have both. You may want to try the second most recent firmware. Just a thought - of course you should do more research first.

You could also use static ip's


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This is a v4 WRT54G... what version of DD-WRT? This is a pay for gig, right?
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This is a v4 WRT54G... what version of DD-WRT? This is a pay for gig, right?
Check the 2 sites I gave you above. dd-wrt is 100% free.
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Old Feb 8th, 2007, 04:40 PM   #7
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OK, got it with the standard Linksys firmware!

Problem is of PICNIC, PEBKAC variety...........

Marginal 'add' (note lowercase of ADD) can be a difficult thing when not enough beer to dampen symptoms.

All working. thanks for the suggestions.

Yes, 255.255.255.255 was not the issue (actually 255.255.255.0 turned out to be correct...

The apparent step missed was to let computer used to configur re-establish after re-connect to DSL 'modem' which actually is a router with its own DHCP server... Ya gotta love Bell/Sympatico..... /smiles sheepishly/...

Done and dusted - sorry to have 'shared my pain'....
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Here is a thread on web sharing through your router and modem with Bell DSL service.

http://www.ehmac.ca/showthread.php?t...ghlight=dyndns

I've since switched to Rogers and a WRT54GL router running DD-WRT. It's great firmware and offers performance increases and better stability even if you got it figured out with the Linksys firmware.
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rgray all you need to do to setup the Linksys as a Wireless Access point is you first need to ensure that your firmware is up to date from Linksys. I do-not recommend using a third party solution if the product is under warranty also third party solutions do-not come with any warranty or guarantee.

Now once you have verified that the firmware is up to date (if necessary update it) then you will need to login to the router at 192.168.1.1 from there navigate from the setup page to the advanced routing page and in the drop down menu select routing.


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is 255.255.255.255 a valid subnet mask?? I've never heard or seen someone using it before. And it's lame that the router doesn't let you type in your wubnet mask!
Well from what I remember in Cisco, in a class C network which is the type of network that rgray has you cannot have 255.255.255.255 as a subnet mask.
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rgray all you need to do to setup the Linksys as a Wireless Access point is
Um, yes. in post #7 above I admit my ineptness... I finally got all the steps in the right order.. I do agree re the 3rd party firmware - not happy with the idea of flashing my router - apparently it is possible, if unlikely, to turn it into a brick...

Again, thanks to y'all for your tips.
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