DD-WRT Linksys Wireless Bridge

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In this how to guide I will be showing you how create a wireless bridge between a Linksys 160n wireless router and a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router that has been modded with the DD-WRT firmware.  You might ask yourself what is a wireless bridge.  You also may ask yourself why you would want to create a wireless bridge in the first place. Well a wireless bridge is when you connect one router to another router without using any hard wired cables.  You may want to create a wireless bridge for some of the following reasons.

Computer are located at different ends of your house and you cannot run an ethernet cable between the two routers. You want to link to your neighbors network so you can share internet service, files, and media such as music and movies. The possibilities are endless when it comes to networking routers together using wireless.

For the wireless bridge setup I will be using the following ip address and subnet setup:

The Linksys WRT 160n wireless router will be directly connected to the Internet service, and the Linksys WRT54GS DD-WRT modded router will create the wireless link between the two routers. The best way to setup your wireless bridge is to have a pc that has both a wifi connection and an ethernet connection. To start the installation, use your wireless connection to connect to router 1, which is the Linksys WRT160N.  After you have connected the router, open your web browser and type in the default gateway which should be 192.168.1.1.  Click on the Status Tab and make sure that router 1 has an internet connection.

Linksys Wrt160n Internet Connection

After you know that the first router has an internet connection, go to the Wireless Security Tab and setup the encryption type and paraphrase key. Make sure that you are using compatible encryption between both of the routers.

Linksys Wrt160n Wpa Wireless Security

After you have set the encryption type and key on the first router, disconnect from this router.  Now connect to the WRT54GS DD-WRT modded router, then go to the setup tab and change the local network to 10.0.1.0 or whatever network range you prefer.

  • Local Ip Address: 10.0.1.1
  • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Gateway: 10.0.1.1
  • Local Dns: 10.0.1.1

DD Wrt Wrt54gs Basic Setup

After you have changed the network setup on your modded DD-WRT router, disconnect from the router then reconnect to so that you receive your new ip address. Your new ip address should be somewhere within the 10.0.1.0 network. Now open a web browser at point it towards 10.0.1.1, which is now the default gateway for your WRT54GS DD-WRT modded router.

Now go to the status tab and click on the wireless tab.  Within the wireless tab you should see a button that says site survey.  The site survey button is located towards the bottom of the page.  All you have to do now is select router 1 from the list, which should be the Linksys WRT160N.

DD-Wrt Site Survey

After you have selected router 1 from the list, go to the wireless tab and click on the wireless security tab.  All you have to do now is input the exact same encryption type and key that you setup for router 1.  After you have set the encryption type and key into your modded DD-WRT router, all you have to do is apply the settings.  You should now have a wireless link between the Linksys WRT160N and the Linksys WRT54GS. Now connect using a wireless connection to the DD-WRT modded router, and make sure your internet connection work.

DD-Wrt Wireless Security Bridge

19 Responses to DD-WRT Linksys Wireless Bridge

  • brad says:

    Everything above worked great. The only issue I have is having to always re-select the site if power is removed. Is there a setting that would automatically look and connect to during a restart?
    Regards
    Brad

  • Kelli Shanklin says:

    Ok so im trying to wirelessly link(bridge) my Qwest 2 wire 2701HG-d and my Linksys running dd-wrt. The 2wire has a wep key im NOT sure how to enter that in. My 2 wire doesn’t have dd-wrt its got what came with from qwest. I can’t get it work have looked at many tutorials none work please help.

  • Anne Felton says:

    Ok so I flashed my Linksys WRT54GS v.2 router with DD WRT micro version 24. I set up wireless repeater mode, with the linksys’s router IP on a different subnet than the main router (192.168.69.1) and the main router is 192.168.1.1.

    I configure the linksys (aka client router) to be a repeater to the main routers wireless broadcast. I then plugged a computer into the CLIENT router to see if it was working properly. That computer got assigned an IP properly via DHCP on the CLIENTS subnet (thus 192.168.69.104). I browswed the internet and it worked fine.

    I then go and plug my 360 into this client router and the 360 refuses to get an IP address (even though my computer did so fine).

    So then I change everything and set up client-bridge mode, where the CLIENT router’s IP is in the subnet of the DHCP of the main router. This works on the 360 fine.

    Why? and what is the difference between these modes? They seem to be doing the same thing to be.

    Sorry for this very tehcnical qstn

  • Elinor Tuten says:

    I have a wireless network in my house. I built a shop (man cave) out back and my laptop’s internal wifi has 1 bar and my iPod will not connect at all. The question I have is what do I need to both extend my wireless network and also have the ability to plug in a few wired devices (bluray player). Model #’s would be awesome. Thanks.

  • Monique Spalding says:

    i have a wireless router downstairs connected to the internet. can i use a linksys router like

    http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0926INGFS10097712&catid=21119#

    connect (wirelessly bridge) to the router downstairs so i would have internet for my 2 computers upstairs connecting through wires via the access point?

    And also do both routers need WDS (Wireless Distribution System ) or only the one that is trying to connect to the other router

  • Jeanie Roudebush says:

    Ok so I flashed my Linksys WRT54GS v.2 router with DD WRT micro version 24. I set up wireless repeater mode, with the linksys’s router IP on a different subnet than the main router (192.168.69.1) and the main router is 192.168.1.1.

    I configure the linksys (aka client router) to be a repeater to the main routers wireless broadcast. I then plugged a computer into the CLIENT router to see if it was working properly. That computer got assigned an IP properly via DHCP on the CLIENTS subnet (thus 192.168.69.104). I browswed the internet and it worked fine.

    I then go and plug my 360 into this client router and the 360 refuses to get an IP address (even though my computer did so fine).

    So then I change everything and set up client-bridge mode, where the CLIENT router’s IP is in the subnet of the DHCP of the main router. This works on the 360 fine.

    Why? and what is the difference between these modes? They seem to be doing the same thing to be.

    Sorry for this very tehcnical qstn

  • Monique Spalding says:

    ok basicaly i have a main router that i got from verizon. it receives the DSL and sends out a wireless signal in my house.

    The xbox 360 is on the top floor and since i didnt want to drop $100 on a usb wireless adapter, i bought a linksys wrt54g for 25 bucks on craigs list, loaded DD WRT v24 on it, set it up as client bridge mode, where the linksys IP is in the range of DHCP of the main router. So the main router handles all DHCP, all the linksys does is receive the signal.

    My question is, can i have this setup where the linksys will also serve to boost the wireless signal? it says its transmitting but my laptop right next to it is only getting around 40% signal, meaning it is receiving from the downstairs (main ) router.
    i guess there really isn’t an “issue” per se, but i’d like to know how to connect to the linksys router (the DD WRT router) rather than the router all the way on the 1st floor.

    Anything connected to the linksys (DD WRT router) via ethernet cable gets internet fine.

    But since the linksys router is set up using the exact same wireless settings (SSID, security, etc.) as the main router (that is how it receives the correct signal), i don’t know if clients can actually differ between the two – i want them to pick up the stronger one.

    It says its transmitting (the linksys router that is), but my laptop right next to it should have 100% signal.

    anyway its not a big deal

  • Patty Guest says:

    I want to set up a wireless bridge using an old router.
    Its an Edimax BR-6204WG

    Its not on the list of compatible nor incompatible devices on dd-wrt.

    Can anyone give me some advice or insight?
    Any help greatly appreciated.
    Essentially I want a LAN access point upstairs would I be better setting up a bridge or repeater?

  • Dollie Mccrystal says:

    I have a wireless network in my house. I built a shop (man cave) out back and my laptop’s internal wifi has 1 bar and my iPod will not connect at all. The question I have is what do I need to both extend my wireless network and also have the ability to plug in a few wired devices (bluray player). Model #’s would be awesome. Thanks.

  • Serena Frieden says:

    I just ordered a Xbox 360 and don’t wanna pay $100 for the wireless adapter. I heard you can hook it up to a wireless bridge thingy. I have a wireless g linksys router now. I want a good wireless bridge thing that works with an xbox 360 that is less than $55.

  • Monique Spalding says:

    Ok so im trying to wirelessly link(bridge) my Qwest 2 wire 2701HG-d and my Linksys running dd-wrt. The 2wire has a wep key im NOT sure how to enter that in. My 2 wire doesn’t have dd-wrt its got what came with from qwest. I can’t get it work have looked at many tutorials none work please help.

  • Marcie Thach says:

    I have a wireless linksys and wireless belkin router. I want to wirelessly connect the belkin one to the linksys one. How can i do this? The model number for the linksys in WRT54G v6. The model number for the belkin is F5D7230-4 v4002.

  • Heidi Cabrera says:

    I just ordered a Xbox 360 and don’t wanna pay $100 for the wireless adapter. I heard you can hook it up to a wireless bridge thingy. I have a wireless g linksys router now. I want a good wireless bridge thing that works with an xbox 360 that is less than $55.

  • Gloria Hester says:

    I have a wireless network in my house. I built a shop (man cave) out back and my laptop’s internal wifi has 1 bar and my iPod will not connect at all. The question I have is what do I need to both extend my wireless network and also have the ability to plug in a few wired devices (bluray player). Model #’s would be awesome. Thanks.

  • Janet Somerville says:

    I just ordered a Xbox 360 and don’t wanna pay $100 for the wireless adapter. I heard you can hook it up to a wireless bridge thingy. I have a wireless g linksys router now. I want a good wireless bridge thing that works with an xbox 360 that is less than $55.

  • Marcie Thach says:

    Ok so I flashed my Linksys WRT54GS v.2 router with DD WRT micro version 24. I set up wireless repeater mode, with the linksys’s router IP on a different subnet than the main router (192.168.69.1) and the main router is 192.168.1.1.

    I configure the linksys (aka client router) to be a repeater to the main routers wireless broadcast. I then plugged a computer into the CLIENT router to see if it was working properly. That computer got assigned an IP properly via DHCP on the CLIENTS subnet (thus 192.168.69.104). I browswed the internet and it worked fine.

    I then go and plug my 360 into this client router and the 360 refuses to get an IP address (even though my computer did so fine).

    So then I change everything and set up client-bridge mode, where the CLIENT router’s IP is in the subnet of the DHCP of the main router. This works on the 360 fine.

    Why? and what is the difference between these modes? They seem to be doing the same thing to be.

    Sorry for this very tehcnical qstn

  • Marcie Thach says:

    I am not able to connect to the internet through the wireless bridge, even though I can see my printer on my home network. however, my other laptop and other equipments connected (wired & wireless) to the primary router are able to access the internet. Firewall on the bridge is disabled.
    Also, my primary router has the Linksys firmware, while the wireless bridge has the DD-WRT firmware flashed correctly.
    Thanks

  • Deborah Holliday says:

    I have a wireless network in one part of a house and a DLNA compliant TV in the other end of the house. The TV however, only has a wired network interface and couldn’t care less about the wireless network. So what i need is a bridge that catches my wireless signal and converts it back into a wired network so i can plug that into my TV. I know you can buy repeaters and bridges to boost the range of your wireless signal, but can you convert that back to a wired signal again? And if so, can anyone suggest some hardware to do the job that they have been happy with?

  • Elinor Tuten says:

    Ok so im trying to wirelessly link(bridge) my Qwest 2 wire 2701HG-d and my Linksys running dd-wrt. The 2wire has a wep key im NOT sure how to enter that in. My 2 wire doesn’t have dd-wrt its got what came with from qwest. I can’t get it work have looked at many tutorials none work please help.

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