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Linksys WRK54G versus WRT54G Firmware

I have a Linksys WRK54G that isn't being used, but I need a wireless access point/range extender/repeater. I believe the WRT54G will serve as an access point, but will the WRK54G do the same? Or should I forget going this route and just buy a dedicated range extender?

Any ideas that would help me make a decision?

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  • cebookseller Nov 16, 2007

    We ended up buying a Belkin Universal Range Extender because we needed to get things up and running quickly. I still haven't given up on using the WRK54G, but it's not priority just now. Here's a clarification: "From what you say in your question I gather that you have a WRT54G already in place..." No, I do not. I just wanted to try using the WRK54G in place of buying the Belkin. The Belkin is working great, but there was a glitch or two getting it set up. My 18 year old son figured it out for me and he's the expert.



    Thanks.

  • cebookseller Dec 14, 2007

    I was not able to use the WRK54G as a repeater. I ended up purchasing a Belkin Universal Range Extender and it's a work-horse. It's doing exactly what we needed for it to do.

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Hi...

The WRK54G is actually a stripped down version of the WRT54G that was bundled with a wireless network adapter and sold under the kit name WKPC54G.

From what you say in your question I gather that you have a WRT54G already in place as your access point, and it is what is connected to your WAN. To use the WRK54G as a range extender repeater you should do the following:

1. Turn off DHCP
2. Turn off NAT
3. Assign a fixed IP that is in your Class C Block
4. Define the WRT54G as the Gateway

With this configuration it now should function as an extender/repeater, and any clients connecting to it will be serviced by the DHCP on the master router.

I hope that this helps.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007

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#2, you set your gateway under the Static IP option, when you are setting off DHCP. You'll need your new IP, Gateway, and a DNS addrss.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008

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I am doing something similar here - have steps one to 3 done - but where do i set the gateway as the first router in the second router options

Posted on Dec 13, 2007

Dear Recnef,

Your help information looks promising. I am not using a WRT54G as my access point (router). The router is a Netopia. I don't know the model number of the Netopia. I'll have an opportunity today to experiment with the Netopia. I'll try the settings you gave me and see what happens. Will let you know what happens.

Thanks so much for your help so far.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007

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