I have two Dell 2350 Wireless Routers trying to bridge or repeat
I have a Dell 2350 Wireless Router that I am trying to use as a repeater or a bridge with another 2350 and I can't seem to get the settings right. I have looked up the help file but when I follow it step by step it doesn't always match up with what I see in the setup tool. For example when it says to enable WIRELESS BRIDGE there is no "wireless bridge'' option, only ''Enable this AP as a root AP'' or ''Enable this AP as a Wireless Repeater'' so I chose the latter. Next, the instructions direct the user to input ''...the Wireless MAC address of the other Dell Wireless 2350 Broadband Router that you want to bridge.'' Where do I input that address? Does anyone have the step-by-step sequence for setting these up for a bridge link or as a root and repeater? Thanks.
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Re: I have two Dell 2350 Wireless Routers trying to...
The first router must the root AP and the second should be set to Wireless Repeater. Follow the steps on how to resolve this setup.
1. Get the Wireless MAC Address of the main router. The router has two MAC addresses, one is wired and 1 is wireless. To determine the wireless MAC address, go to Status page of the router, there's a sub tab there for wireless and you'll see the Wireless MAC Address. Take note of it.
2. Access the setup page of the 2nd router. Change the LAN IP address to 192.168.0.2 then save. Power cycle it by just turning it off for 10 seconds then turn it back on. You can now change it to Wireless Repeater and there's an option for you to type the Wireless MAC address of the main AP. Make sure all wireless settings are the same on both routers like SSID, Channel and Encryption Key. Save your changes after that.
3. From your computer, try to ping the 2nd AP which is 192.168.0.2. If it replied back, you're all set.
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Most retail routers do not come stock with bridging capability. In order to accomplish this you would need to flash the firmware on the router with another like Tomato or DD-WRT. While this WILL give you the bridging capability it will also void your router warranty. However, flashing with an this alternate firmware is usually very beneficial because it will give you complete control of your router's capabilities. If you need help setting up the bridging, or managing any other features of the firmware you can find support forums right on the site that you download the firmware from that will assist you in doing this. Since you are using a TRENDnet router, DD-WRT is probably the best way to go. You will need to search for your router here: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#TRENDnet and download the appropriate firmware to flash.
If you have two of the below mentioned routers and would like to extend wireless network using repeating feature between the two then you can perform the below steps to configure wireless repeating between them.
Configuration of Wireless repeating between DG series router (Capable of WDS feature) like DG834Gv3, v4, v5, DG834N, DGN2000, DGND3300
The below steps should be performed on both the routers so as configure same wireless settings:
1. Open a web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari).
2. Access the router, usually with http://192.168.0.1 or http://www.routerlogin.com.
3. Login to the router with the Username as "admin" and Password as "password" (please note that the Username and Password are case sensitive).
4. Click on Wireless Settings'(under Setup) from the left menu.
5. Change the network name SSID to NETGEAR123. Select security options as 'WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy)'.
6. Set the 'Authentication Type' as automatic.
7. Set the 'Encryption Strength' as 64-bit.
8. In Key 1 type a 10 digit number.
9. Apply the settings.
Now perform the steps below on the first router say router A which connects to internet through ADSL line:
1. Click on Advanced Wireless Setting in the left hand side menu.
2. Check the option for Enable Wireless Bridging and Repeating
3. Select Repeater with Wireless Client Association and enter the MAC address of the router B.
4. Click Apply.
Now perform the same steps on router B and make sure to enter the MAC address of router A on step 3 above.
The above steps would help you with the configuration of wireless repeating feature between the two DG routers as mentioned initially. The only thing that you need to take care is that both the routers should be configured with same wireless settings.
Some more detailed info.. It is pretty annoying to do though. I'll try my best to explain. First you have to set one of them up as a wireless bridge (the one you are setting up as a wireless bridge won't be able to use it's wireless for anything else besides connecting to the other router). By doing this you can use the router as if it was a wireless adapter. If you want it to be a repeater and have a wired connection. Set it up as a repeater bridge. You will probably have to install custom firmware (dd-wrt or tomato.. they are both pretty much the same)to be able to set it up as one of those. You will have to download the one for your router and install it. I recommend that you read the instructions carefully. A laptop where you can move around to the routers and set them up is useful.
You will need to check the wireless settings of the
router is there any computer connected to the router ? If yes then you can open the router set up page on
that computer. Router set up page is the page where you can check
all the wireless settings of the router.
once you get the wireless settings of the router, you can try to connect to the wireless network.
I am sorry but I am not so familiar with the Thomson Device but I can give you a clue on how to set it up....you can skip the security settings first just make sure they work then you can set it later...Check it out!
- Thomson as "Master Router" connected to modem set up as follows -- 192.168.1.1 -- Set up wireless access point as you normally would in Wireless Settings, muine are "MY_SSID",Channel 2,b+g mode, 64-bit WEP with hex key (rather than pass phrase) --- Enter any laptop wifi MAC addresses in the "Client Access List" here to allow them and make sure it's set to restrict them -- Set DHCP range to 192.168.1.10 to 192.168.1.127 (my preference) in "Lan Settings" -- go to Wireless Bridging and Repeating menu option --- Set "Enable Wireless Repeating Function" --- Set as "Wireless Base Station" --- DO NOT check the "Disable Wireless Client Association" if you want to be able to use laptop wifi --- Enter the mac address of your "Slave Router" here Make sure all of the above is applied and has stuck, i had a habit of setting some things then clicking to a sub-menu before clicking apply, always scroll down and click apply before drilling into sub options!
DG834G V3 : "Slave Router" -- Get latest firmware as earlier v3 firmware doesnt support WDS -- 192.168.1.2 -- Enable Wireless Settings and set to exact same as "Master Router" including 64 bit WEP key and MAC access list for laptops etc -- Disable DHCP in Basic Setup (I think) -- "Advanced Wireless Settings" menu option --- "Enable Bridging and Repeating" --- Select the "Wireless Bridge With Client Association" (or similar) option --- Enter the "Master Router" MAC address here Again, double check everything has stuck, that the "normal" wireless settings for both routers are identical and reboot both (in either order worked for me but booting the Master first is probably best practise) GOOD LUCK!!! I
The repeater must be the same brand as the signal it is repeating. Different routers / access points work in slightly different ways and the current generation of wireless repeaters aren't smart enough to work with other brands.
It's kind of like trying to put an engine from a Nissan Altima into a Honda Accord... both make the car move but they aren't the same inside.