02-04-2011 09:40 AM - edited 02-04-2011 09:53 AM
I'm in need of some assistance. I currnetly have T-mobile @Home service for my phone service using a Linksys WRTU54G-TM Wireless router. The poroblem is the wifi single is good to 3-6 ft.
I picked up the WZR-HP-G300NH to use as the primary router and wifi provider. This way I can use it with my Wii, DVD player, & wireless Laptop connections throught out my house, small 1,400 sq ft ranch on a slab. The @home would bereligated to just home phone service!
What is my best option for setting this up?
1) WZR-HP-G300NH (new in box, not installed yet) / Linksys WRTU54G-TM (running currently)
2) Firmware - Buffalo (unknown?) / Linksys (v.1.00.25)v1.00.25
3) Comcast cable
4) Desktop (main computer) - XP Pro SP2 w/latest updates / Laptop - Win 7 Pro 64bit
02-04-2011 10:47 AM
You need to make sure that this router is running DDWRT firmware which can be downloaded from http://www.buffalotech.com/support/downloads
From here you have to configure the firmware to allow the router to be an access point to your linksys. Keep in mind that this is not guaranteed to work.
After you flash the firmware to the DDWRT version you have to log into the router and go to setup
When you are in here you have to make sure that the WAN connection type is set to disabled. Then you have to assign the router a static ip address with an ip that is open on your network and is far above the start of your dhcp pool (just so any other devices do not try and use this ip address). Then you have to assign the default gateway which will be the ip address of your linksys. From here go ahead and press apply. You will then have to log into the new ip address and make sure that the dhcp server is disabled.
Once this is done you have to go to wireless settings. In here you have to make sure that the unit's wireless mode is set to WDS station. Then you have to make sure that the wireless network name SSID is the same SSID that your linksys is putting out. It IS case sensitive. Once that is set go ahead and press apply.
Once the page comes back go ahead and click on add under virtual interfaces. You can set this up as normal. This will the wireless information that your buffalo router will be putting out so that your devices can connect. This SSID HAS TO BE DIFFERENT then the main routers SSID. Once you are done with your settings press apply and save settings.
Now go to wireless security. Here make sure that your encryption settings and password are identical to the linksys. If they are not it will not connect. Once this is done you can go down to the virtual interfaces and set your wireless security on the buffalo router. This security information can be the same or different.
After that is all set up go to Services and then firewall. Make sure SPI firewall is disabled.
Restart both routers. This should complete the set up and your new buffalo should be getting an ip address from your Linksys and retransmit the wireless so your wireless devices can get online.
02-04-2011 02:35 PM
But, it seems as if this will make the Buffalo secondary to the LInksys. I want the Buffalo a the main unit. Since the WiFi on the Linksys does not work correctly. You have to be withing 6ft to get any signal and with in 2ft to have a 3-bas or more.
So, I want only use the LInksys for the T-mobile @Home service, nothing else. Which, I believe should only require a input & no output to PC.Output goes to phoneline.
02-05-2011 09:10 PM - edited 02-05-2011 09:12 PM
I'm running this exact setup right now. If I remember correctly, you just need to disable DHCP and wireless on the Linksys router, then connect it to a LAN port on the Buffalo after you get that installed. I'm running the stock Buffalo firmware.
There's some more detail in the Linksys manual, if you need it...