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Q: Configuring a WRT54GS as a switch. This is for Version 5 ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Configuring a WRT54GS as a switch. This is for Version 5
Category: Computers > Wireless and Mobile
Asked by: religioncurious-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 18 Jul 2006 04:23 PDT
Expires: 17 Aug 2006 04:23 PDT
Question ID: 747314
I have a Netgear WRT54GS router (V5.00) that I need to set up as a
switch and allow wireless access on our network. There are
instructions for how to do this on Version 4 and below but nothing is
available for version 5!  Does anyone have any idea how to do this?
Subject: Re: Configuring a WRT54GS as a switch. This is for Version 5
Answered By: gregaw-ga on 18 Jul 2006 08:42 PDT
The part # given is for a Linksys device, not Netgear.  I will assume
that you have a linksys.

Have you tried the instructions for V. 4, and they didn't work?

I couldn't find a document that specified exactly how to do what you
are after, but I have done it before.

Solution #1
The best solution is if your router has a "bridge mode".  This will
allow it to work as a "switch" passing all traffic without doing any
routing, which is what you want.  You would hook you existing network
to the WAN port on the router and then you could connect to the
existing network either through the wireless or the wired connection
of your WRT54GS.
I couldn't find if this is a setting on your router.

Solution #2
If you unable to find a bridge mode do this:

Disable the DHCP server on your WRT54GS:*&p_li=&p_topview=1

Now hook your existing network into one of the LAN port on the router.
 Do not plug anything into the WAN port.  The Linksys router that you
are using has that built in 4 port switch.  It will allow you to talk
to your existing network via the wireless by plugging your existing
network into that switch.

I have made a couple of assumptions please correct me if I'm wrong.
1.  You have another router of some kind on your existing network that
has DHCP enable.  This is what gives the IP address to your computers.
 You can only have one DHCP server on a network that is why we
disabled the one above.

2.  You will only need to plug in three additional devices to the
WRT54GS.  Since you use one of the ports for the current network to
plug into and you don't use the WAN port (in solution #2), you only
have 3 ports left.  Also depending on the switch that you plug into
you may need a cross-over cable to connect the two switches together.

As an added comment Linksys makes a device for doing what you are
after.  You are using the "router" as an strait "access point"

Please let me know if neither of these solutions work for you.  I am
confident that I can help you get what you need working.  Post a
Request for Clarification if further assistance is needed.


Request for Answer Clarification by religioncurious-ga on 18 Jul 2006 20:12 PDT
Thanks for your help. We have a firewall box and from that we dish out
our IPs. We do use static IPs for our network. From the firewall box
we jack straight into the Dlink switch and that's ok for our wired
Ideally I need to be able to plug a line straight from the DLink into
one of the ports on the Linksys (YES! it's a Linksys!) LAN port. I
just need it's wireless ability to act as a wireless hub basically.

Regarding V4 to V5 on the Linksys, the software was changed completely
by Linksys to run on something proprietary.

Also I don't mind jacking up the bounty on this question since you've
been spending so much time on it. I'll get more details and add more
to this when I am at my office in the morning (Wednesday).

Clarification of Answer by gregaw-ga on 19 Jul 2006 05:02 PDT
Solution #2 listed above should work fine for you.  If you have any
trouble with it let me know!

Request for Answer Clarification by religioncurious-ga on 17 Aug 2006 14:29 PDT
This is why I need someone familiar with the specific router. V5 is
completely different code from V4. So I guess I am back to my original
question of how does one configure V5 of this router to operate in

Clarification of Answer by gregaw-ga on 17 Aug 2006 19:56 PDT
I realize that they made some major changes to their router with V5. 
I believe that they have removed the ability to change the devices
"mode" to "bridge".  This means that if you want to use it as a bridge
you need to follow the steps outlined in my "Solution #2" listed
above.  Linksys no longer supports what you want to do with this
router, but I have provided a work around.  If you have tried it and
it does not work please explain what problems you have run into with
that configuration and I will be able to help you further.  Your only
other option is to purchase a linksys device that is listed as an
"access point" not a "router".

Clarification of Answer by gregaw-ga on 18 Aug 2006 05:08 PDT
Have you tried it in "router" mode.  I think the default is "gateway".
 It said that "router" mode was for when you already have another
router that actually conects your network to the internet.  It may not
be a "bridge", but may work for you???
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