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I will check to see if we can use 3rd party software for your WRT300N to be used as a bridge for your DirectTV receiver
I may need the firmware version of the router, it should be located on the bottom of the unit, could you check for that please
OK I have an answer for you, the following version of firmware are currently available and supported Linksys WRT300N v1, v1.1 all other version are not Full link is http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_WRT300N
If you have version 2.x firmware there is no support and you can't upgrade and use as a bridge. If that is the outcome then you can purchase an E2000 or WRT54G both can be purchased for around $30 and can be upgraded to be converted to a bridge / network extender and it will work excellent, I have use both for this purpose with great results. Your other option is to purchase home plugs. They are network extenders that you install in your AC outlet and plug an Ethernet cable into, one close to your router and one close to your network device
You my friend are in luck. you can use the firmware to turn the router from an AP to a bridge
When upgrading the firmware be very aware to not brick the unit by following each step exactly. Do you have any further questions or concerns, would you like additional links to anything?
The other advantage is you can also connect other devices into the bridge, i.e. a digital dual tuner from HDHomeRun and get free over the air TV on MAC or PC
Whelp, if you feel I have answered your question please press ACCEPT so I can receive credit for helping you, else please let me know how I can further assist you. Thank you - Jon
Can you send me the link to the v1.1 again...just switched to my PC and lost the previous messages on the thread.
OK sure hang on
what version OS is your PC?
pc is xp.
ok is it media version or home version
media. what is the 30-30-30 reset?
its 30 seconds each
so..my linksys router is not connect to anything right now...do I need to just connect it to my PC so I can access the set-up page?
yes just plug an rj45 lan cable in your pc and one in your router and start the process, but download the upgrade firmware file and ancillary tools as required by the procedure
also download the procedure or print before starting
let me know if you have any more questions - I'll be happy to answer them best I can. Jon
i have the procedures opened on my MAC...trying to follow the directions.
so...downloaded the file and have the linksys set-up menu open. I saved the file to my desktop..what am I supposed to do with it? Also, how do you do the 30-30-30 reset?
yes download the file to my document then when you open the firmware update page on the router it will be easier than the dsektop. use the reset button on the router not sure if it is on back or bottom on your router
ok...up to step 6
Sounds like you have some familiarity with routers, that's good
When you hit the final step you will see the new DD-WRT firmware interface, go to the bottom of main page and select elegant, it's the best interface choice then you will setup the router as a bridge not an AP, you can also allocate the WAN port to LAN use
then match the name of the primary router SSID name, security and pass phrase, as well you will need to turn off DHCP on this device and let the primary router deliver DHCP by telling the bridge the default gateway is the main AP router ip addr.
check to make sure the router connects as a client and bingo your live!
up to step 11...now on the wrt webgui
excellent do you want me to stick around a little longer?
if you can, please stick around.
ok I;ll hang out...
step 15...how do i set the user name and password?
just enter admin for user id and keep password blank until your ready to make it the same as the other router
it won't accept admin and blank password
it should as there is non set
ok...just tried root and admin and it worked
hang on let me check something for you
ok good job
I think I did everything (1-16). What's next?
whelp if you finished the firmware upgrade then it's time to setup the router
let me give you that info again ... hang on
and DON'T FORGET to tuen off the WAN port
oops turn off the WAN port
where do you change the WAN port to LAN use?
not sure on your router, do you need the manual?
Go to WAN on the DD-WRT interface
ok..under networking, it has WAN port assignment as vlan1
let me look on my DD-WRT router hang on
I'm logingin into my bridge hang on
go to setup then wan then choose disable
did you find it?
ok go to the main menu
now look for setup 1st item upper left
ok now 1st line item WAN disable this
where it says STP?
thats the one
where do i put in my router info?
ok next go to wireless setup and select bridge
client bridge to be exact
set the mode and the name of the primary AP router
mode currently says "mixed" what do I change it to?
the fastest speed it can go that is supported by your main AP router, else if you don't know use mix, but its not optimal for bridge
ok so it is set as client bridge yes?
if yes then next step is to set security i.e. WPA2/Personal and pass phrase
before you go at bottom of page choose bridged under network configuration
then go to wireless security
use / match the same setting as on your main AP router
ok now we just need to turn off DHCP on this Bridge and were done!
I think the DNS is on the next tab at top called services
second item down if it's grey'ed out or not checked then I think were good
it is not checked
ok I think were good please go to status and step through the setup look for red flags and concerns
if you see something that doesn't look right let me know
start with status / router
nest is WAN should be disabled
LAN at bottom DHCP server disabled
also your main IP router IP should be the gateway IP addr listed and subnet 255.255.255.0
wireless might already have your main AP listed but if not no worries
If everything looks good then reboot the WRT300N and wait a couple minutes to see it is listed as a wifi client on your main router
there is an IP address in the active client under LAN
yes thats you!
what we need to see is your WRT listed as a client on your Main router
my problem right now is I cannot access by main router's page. Can't get pass the password
ok then the router your on right now is 192.168.1.1, YES?
ok please open a dos box and type ping 192.168.1.1
on my pc...it says 192.168.1.1 unreachable
ok type ipconfig and tell me what it says
screen keeps disappering
oh... go to start, run then type CMD
then run ipconfig in the box
not getting an ethernet connection from PC to router and wireless light is flashing on router
ok shut down your PC and power cycle the router then turn on your PC
you mean you try to ping the router?
the wireless light is blinking on the linksys router. when I ping 192.168.1.1, it says unreachable
Di you save the setting?
save setting on router?
and please go to start run and type cmd then enter ipconfig
My guess is your IP stack on your PC is messed up
yes. IPCONFIG has an auto configuration IP address
what is the results for IP Subnet and Gateway
subnet is 255.255.0.0...default gateway is blank
what is your ip address
you cant reach the router because your IP stack is messed up
please go into control panel network connection properties then TCPIP and change from DHCP to static, enter 192.168.1.2 as your IP and 255.255.255.0 as subnet then close, go to dos window and type ipconfig /release
then when done type ipconfig
you should see 192.168.1.2 and 255.255.255.0 now you can access your router again
when you login go to wireless settings and confirm the wifi security and passphrase to get the wifi working.
I forgot to remind you to save the setting and apply so we may have to configure the router again
saved the passphrase... wireless light is now steady
good news did we space and not save the setting or are we ok?
did not apply the settings
ok we need to run through the setup again and when done set apply then save... please go to setup and check and set WAN to disable
then check status lights on router if look normal go back to wireless setup and seciurity recheck and if good go to status
saved the settings...router is now rebooting after i apply
your making me earn my monies tonight!!! good thing your pretty sharp!
everything looks good.
ok lets have you do a ping - ping 192.168.1.1 please
4 packets sent...4 received
ok great now ping google.com
could not find host
the internet light is not "on" on the router
ok when you do a ipconfig what is the default gateway address listed?
it is blank
ok what is the ip address of the main AP router?
yup thats what I thought... ok so both routers have the same IP
What is the ip address of your MAC on that router, so I know where the DHCP table starts
I'm hoping its something like 192.168.1.101
if the MAC IP is above .50 then set the WRT router to 192.168.1.2 please
to do this go back into the router and go to setup then basic then go down to a little
and change the local ip to 192.168.1.2 and enter the default gateway as 192.168.1.1 please
then press apply and save
let me know when you got that finished up, ok
the router address is 192.168.1.1 on the WRT setup
yes it is also same for the MI424WR yes?
ok so they cannot be the same - we need to change the WRT IP please go to the WRT300 and go to setup, then basic and change the local ip to 192.168.1.2 and enter the default gateway as 192.168.1.1 please
once this is done we will change our IP stack on the PC to DHCP and do an ipconfig .release then ipconfig /renew and we can do a ping
don't forget to apply and save after updating the ip address and the default gateway address
the router is rebooting
ok now go to your PC and change to DHCP client please
change to auto?
then go to dos box and type ipconfig and see what it says
BTW you never did tell me the IP of the MAC?
the ip address of the mac is 192.168.1.2?
ok please change the router ip from 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.250
then apply then save
having problems getting back into the wrt settings
change your PC from auto to static 192.168.1.100
still cannot get in...do i need to do ipconfig /release after changing the ip
just do ipconfig and tell me what it says please
it shows the ip address 192.168.1.1 and subnet 255....
go back into the TCIP and change from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.1.100 then tell me what ipconfig is again
meant 100 not 1
ok and subnet is 255.255.255.0 YES?
ok then the pc is fine - try to ping 192.168.1.250
ok then the router is fine
make sure the routers last setting have been applied and saved, if yes then reboot the router one last time and then ping it again please
i cannot get to the router settings'
if you can ping it then you should be able to access it by browser using the same address.
last time you were on the router did you apply and save before you left?
Were going to have to wrap up soon we've been at this 3 hours and it's late. If we have to, we can finish tomorrow if we don't finish in about 10 minutes ok
okay...saving setting. do i need to do the release and renew again?
yes after you change back to auto dhcp
on the pc. You will then get the ip address from the main router MI424 through a dhcp passthrough from the wrt300n so the ip and gateway and ssid and security have to all be correct for it to work
okay...got an error trying to do renew. unable to contact dhcp server
ok just reboot the pc
rebooted..IP address did not save...it is showing 169.254.221.30
ok type ipconfig /release then renew
same thing...unable to contact DHCP server when I try to renew
The reason you get the 169 address is the DHCP is not getting renewed from the DHCP server. The reason this is happening is there is a setting on the WRT300 that is not matched to the settings on your MI4 router and from here I cannot see what it is so I have to rely on you... you can, if you need to, turn on DHCP on this router WRT and set it to 192.168.1.100 with 10 clients to 192.168.1.110 and then you can work through the wifi setting to get them matched, if they are off.
It's late here and I have to go... you can continue to work on this if you like and let me know in the morning where your at and how you would like to proceed OK?
appreciate all your help...i will shoot you a note in the morning. thank you.
right now were kind of running in circles. If you don't get a 192.168.1.x address after the PC is rebooted then I would turn on DHCP on the WRT as it is the easiest way to solve this stage of the problem
Ok good luck. We can get this to work, I've build dozens of these bridges
chow for now...
Haven't hear back from you, yet. If I was able to help you with your original request please press ACCEPT, else if you have more questions or need more help let me know. Helping You Building a Custom Bridge from your router was really not park of the original request. I appreciate the opportunity to help you so please let me know where things are at. Jon-Tech
still not able to connect...starting over to see if I missed something.
The most important thing is to match the wifi security and SSID settings, WAN disabled and to set the gateway to match the main router IP, if for some reason your router has the wifi set to a different IP than the LAN IP address the bridge must be set to that, and for you it might just be easier to enable DHCP on this router for now, and please set DHCP to start at 192.168.1.125 and no more than 10 clients
so... i started over. Think I did everything. I am able to ping the wrt router when connected via ethernet. The wireless light is constant on the wrt and my IP address, subnet and gateway are showing up for my pc in ipconfig. not sure if we discussed the final step to see if I can connect to the internet with wrt
The next step is to be able to ping your gateway router at 192.168.1.1 from your bridge, if you can do this then you are set, if you cant then you will need to turn on DHCP on the bridge... let me know how it goes... I'm crossing my fingers for ya... Jon
I just built another bridge tonight using dd-wrt on a Cisco E2000. If your still having a problem with your bridge and your PC getting DHCP please double check you DHCP Setting if you don't have DHCP running on the bridge it must be set to forward, and the gateway address must be set to the IP of the main router IP address.
and make sure your wifi is exactly matched on both routers SSID name to security type i.e. WPA2/Personal AES etc.
I got this bridge up and running in about 15 minutes for a customer... Jon