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Adding Linksys WRT-54GL as second router to Airport Extreme??

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Jason Hoff Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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Aug 24, 2008 10:12 AM
I have a gigabit Airport Extreme and the WRT-54GL. I would like to set the Aiport at 5.0 GHz (11a compatible) and then hook my WRT-54GL up to it to handle 11g & 11b. I have found to disable DHCP and assign an IP to the WRT-54GL (192.168.1.101). I also set the WRT-54GL to "router" over "gateway". I have an ethernet cable coming out of the Airport and into the input port on the WRT-54GL.

Everything works fine with the Airport. I can also see the WRT-54GL with my MacBook, but can't get on the internet. Is there anything I need to set with the Airport for this?? Would it be easier if I switched the devices? Have the WRT-54GL be the main router and connect the Airport to it??

The WRT-54GL is capable of having the custom firmwares installed on it. Anyone know if one of those custom firmwares are better for what I want to do?

Thanks!!

Message was edited by: Jason Hoff
  • LaFramboise Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    I have the exact same setup (except WRT54G and not GL). The way I have it set up is;

    The Linksys is the 'primary' router, one that is plugged into the cable modem, to it the Airport is plugged in via ethernet.

    In the Airport settings, under internet, I have it set to 'bridge' with the Linksys.

    And thats it, simple as that. The Linksys is serving 802.11G and the Airport is serving 802.11N.

    Now on the issue on custom firmwares, I would personally recommend DD-WRT firmware, atleast thats what I use on my Linksys. It works great, packs tons of features, very stable... in the 6+ month of using it, never a single problem. Now theres also OpenWRT and a few others, but DD-WRT is byfar the most user friendly and easiest to live with.
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  • LaFramboise Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Awesome

    Don't forget to mark this topic as 'solved'
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