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I have a wireless router running DD-WRT (the latest version) and I set it up to be a Repeater Bridge to function as a second router, which means I had to change the Local IP Address and change the router mode to "Router" from "AP" mode. After I did so all devices connected to this router network properly and connect to each other and the internet, but I cannot access the second router's Web GUI. As a matter of fact, all devices connected to the router point to the primary router (AP mode) as being the Gateway and Router, and I can access the primary router's Web GUI.

Any idea how to access the second router's Web GUI? Any ideas are appreciated.

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Thanks @Breakthrough I figured it out now :) – seanthewebber Jun 8 '13 at 0:00

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Here's what was wrong:

I set the "Local IP Address" as my primary router's IP Address. Only the Gateway and Local DNS have to be the primary router's IP Address. The Local IP Address should be something outside the primary router's DHCP range.

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how did you recover? I'm in a similar situation and want to avoid factory reset if I can – DXM Dec 1 '13 at 19:50

As far as I know, having a WRT54GL in bridge mode as well, the only way to get into the GUI after setting up a bridge is to 30/30/30 'hard reset' the router, bringing dd-wrt to its default configuration.

I tried for a long time to avoid doing this, but eventually submitted to it. It appears to be the only way. When it acts as a switch, it HAS to pass everything through and the router doesn't assign itself an IP. Due to this, it cannot be reached.

The exception is that if you add a serial port to one of the routers that have this I/O internally, you can use an RS-232 terminal (as seen on the right hand side of this picture) or terminal software such as minicom (Unix/linux), PuTTY (Windows), or HyperTerminal (included in Windows XP and lower) on a host PC to reach dd-wrt's linux shell. From here, configuration files can be edited and you can reboot the router and manage other functions.

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