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I have my house connected to the internet by high speed 5GHz wireless point to point link. Within the house is both a wired and wireless network. The wireless network is served by a linksys internet WRT54GC.

I now have an office that is not connected to the main house but will have it's own network. The wireless network in the house has a reasonable signal in the office. I have another WRT54GC and I'm wondering if it's possible to connect them together such that I can plug the IP desk phone into it and my desktop computer (which doesn't have a wireless network card) and yet be able to see the internet and house computer?

This is what it will look like:

Ubiquity Bullet ---- (WAN) WRT54GC (LAN) ----- House Computer
                             +---------------- WRT54GC (Office LAN)

i.e. something like this:

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Is this supported by the WRT54GC firmware?

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yes, you want to use "repeater" mode.

if your router does not support Repeater mode then take a look at DDWRT - which is free open source firmware.

you only need this on the one router.

so your first WRT54GC with WAN would be regular wireless/router.

your second WRT54GC would be a Repeater (don't even need a cable)

hope this helps.

EDIT: link.


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Ok thanks. Looks like my WRT54GC doesn't support ddwrt. However, I have another router that looks like it might be. I'll try to flash that and see weather it'll work. – Matt H Jul 6 '10 at 4:01
no problem, good luck. if you follow the link I posted above it should work fine, that is what I do here at home and it works great. – Luma Jul 6 '10 at 4:14
Thanks for the info. The WRT54GC wasn't supported. So in the end I bought a WRT54GL which is. Updated stock firmware to DDWRT and now I have a wireless client bridge and VPN set up. It's fantastic! – Matt H Aug 2 '10 at 4:00

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