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How to Turn an Old Router Into a Wireless Bridge

Jorge Sierra 13-11-2008

You may some day encounter a situation in which you will require a wireless internet connection for a desktop computer. Perhaps you have decided to move your office from one room to another in your home. However, the new room does not have the cable or telephone connection you need to bring that computer online.


Before you go out and buy a wireless network card or attempt to run wire through your attic, you might be able to save yourself time and money if you have an old wireless router lying around. You may be able to upgrade your old router with a different firmware that will allow it to act as a wireless bridge. That is, turn your old router into wireless bridge. A wireless bridge allows you to connect one network to another over the airwaves, rather than having to run wire from one room to another.
router to wireless access point
The free firmware that makes this possible is called DD-WRT. Before reading further, check the DD-WRT supported device list to see if your router is supported. If it is supported, be sure to check out the notes for running DD-WRT on the supported device page. You’ll need to refer to the recommended installation method later.


  • Broadband internet connection.
  • Two wireless routers:
    • One connected to your broadband internet connection to serve as the access point.
    • One connected to other machine(s) that need to connect to web. This one will need to support DD-WRT.

The Initial Setup

  1. Make sure your main internet router is working properly. Verify the wireless connection is working properly by connecting a laptop or some other device.
  2. Set up the remote computer at the remote location.
  3. Connect the remote computer to the router you will be installing DD-WRT onto. Just plug it into one of the ports on the hub (i.e. not the internet port or uplink port).
  4. Open your browser and connect to the router’s web configuration page.

If you’re not sure what the address is, you may need to refer to the router’s manual. If the router is running DHCP, it is likely to be the address of the computer’s gateway. In Windows XP, go to the Control Panel and then Network Connections. There Double-click on your LAN connection and go to the Support tab. The default gateway will be listed there. You can also check it on Lookup Default Passwords for Electronic Devices Read More along with other details such default username and password for the router.

Download DD-WRT

Now, you need to download the DD-WRT.

  1. Go to the DD-WRT download page and Navigate to the stable directory.
  2. Navigate to the latest version (you can sort by date descending).
  3. Navigate to the Consumer directory.
  4. Navigate to the proper directory for your router’s manufacturer and then the model/version of the router. You should be able to find the model and version number printed somewhere on the router.
  5. Download the BIN file of your choice.

The notes for running DD-WRT on the supported device list may mandate you use a specific version. If not, I recommend you select either the mini or the standard. If you want to know the differences between the different versions, check out the File Versions section of the What is DD-WRT? page of the DD-WRT wiki.

Install DD-WRT

If you downloaded DD-WRT from your main internet connection, you may need to copy it to a USB drive to install it on the remote router from the remote computer. The remaining instructions are to be run from the remote computer connected to the remote router where DD-WRT is to be installed.


Install DD-WRT according to the installation instructions on the wiki. Use the installation method recommended for your device in the notes on the supported device page (if applicable).

Warning: It is possible to brick your router when you install the new firmware (i.e. render it useless). Please take caution in reading the installation instructions carefully. I recommend you install DD-WRT on an old router that you are currently not using, so that if something does go awry there is no major loss.

Configure DD-WRT as a Client Bridge

    1. Once you have DD-WRT installed, open your browser to and log into the router. In older versions of DD-WRT, the default username is root and the default password is admin. Be sure to change the default password to secure your router.
    2. Next, click on the Wireless tab at the top.
    3. Set the Wireless Mode to Client Bridge. Then click Apply.
    4. Set the SSID to that of your main wireless router that is connected to the Internet. In my case, my main wireless router SSID is sierra. Then click Apply.

dd-wrt firmware

    1. Click on the Wireless Security tab in the second row of tabs, and configure the router to match the security settings as your main router. In my case, my main wireless router has WPA security mode with TKIP shared key, so I set up DD-WRT to match it.
    2. Click Apply.

old router bridge

    1. Click the Setup (very first tab in the upper left) to configure the LAN settings.
    2. Assign the router a Local IP Address on the same subnet as your main router, but give it a different address. That means that all the numbers for the address will be the same as the main router except for the numbers in the fourth box. For example, the address of my main router is so I gave my DD-WRT router an IP of
    3. Set the Subnet Mask to
    4. Set the Gateway and Local DNS to the address of the main router.

router to wireless

  1. Click Apply.

Your DD-WRT router should now allow you to connect your remote computer to your main internet router through the airwaves! If you ever need to reconfigure the DD-WRT router, just be sure to remember the new IP address that you assigned in step number 8. You could always use a nice label maker and slap it right onto the router.

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  1. Aaron Sorkin
    June 2, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    As usual, this info is not valid for use with Apple computers (the updated/replacement software for the router is not compatible). But hey... As long as it works for the rest of you guys, two thumbs-up and smiley-face emojis for everyone! And now... Let the Mac-hater comments begin in earnest!

  2. Karl Dietrich
    February 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Success!! Being in a rural area our only Internet option was end-of-the-line DSL. Finally got tired of the 700k speed and made the jump to high-speed wireless. But now the router was in the basement. My wife needed to print and I didn't want to run a cable down to the basement. So ... followed these directions and converted our old Linksys WRT54G to a wireless bridge. I cabled the printer to the wireless bridge, power cycled the HP LaserJet, it was assigned a new IP address and VOILA - my wife is happy. Just be sure to follow the directions EXACTLY. Took about 3 hours from start to finish but everything is running great.

  3. Mike Warner
    November 24, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Set it up, connects for about 2 minutes then doesn't pass any data until I reconnect on a device. Example 20 phone and 10 pcs are connected for maybe 3 minutes then all at once all stop connection. Once one of those devices or even a new one connects to the same Wi-Fi then all the devices get connected again for about 2 min. Please help

  4. Sandyy
    June 15, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Although These Days Most of the range extenders Are Plug And Play Which Means You Can Just Setup Them in 2

    minutes But those 2 minutes Can be very long if you really don’t Know the Right steps to get this Going .
    Please Follow These Steps to Successful Installation of your D-link router –
    1-Un-box Your D-link Wireless Range extender And Plug it to the Power Outlet .
    2-Now Go to Your Computer Or Phone And Refresh The wireless Network List . You May See a
    3-New D-link network With Your Extender Model . Please Connect With It .
    4-for more visit-
    5-Good Luck

  5. Shane
    October 30, 2016 at 3:56 am

    I have a situation at work where I can connect to the access point no problem from certain places around the plant, but if I go into my shop I cannot get a good signal. I know the networks name and password. So if I'm following this right if I download and install the dd-wrt firmware and install on my linksys wrt54g. I will not need to physically connect my router to the access point, right? Also the other number I need is the ip address and dns subnet. One other thing I was confused with, do I disable the DCHP on my wrt54g and configure to run in bridge mode? I'm just trying to get better wireless in my shop.

  6. Cody Moore
    September 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Just a question, I tried this on an old E3000 Linksys router I have, flashed the firmware and tried setting up the router as directed from the DD-WRT website, and everything works fine except when trying to connect to the repeater wifi connection everything looks good, only thing is I get a message when mousing over the connection saying no internet connection. I also notice when looking at your instructions for configuring the DD-WRT flashed router that you don't include a virtual interface to complement the physical interface for 2.4ghz for instance, the DD-WRT website has this virtual interface as the interface that you connect your PC, laptop device to get your wifi signal, just curious if maybe this is my problem, if I try and setup the router as you did if it will work.

    • Eagleye
      May 30, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Do a look on the CNET web page "How to reuse an old router to bridge devices to your wireless network" as it had me up and running in less than 30 minutes. This article I noticed missed a couple steps.

  7. Me
    August 5, 2016 at 12:25 am

    @Bob H .
    Yes you could but have a different ssid
    So use 3 old routers

  8. Adel
    May 8, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Thank you

  9. Coby
    January 30, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Thank you very much! Had to go through a lot of technical info on their site but basically you will be fine if you just follow what they say and take your time. It works! :D
    1. Search your router brand / model number (2011 and newer is probably best)
    2. See if it is supported.
    3. Download the specific files for your model, and pay attention to brand / model specific instructions if noted.
    4. Follow the install instructions.
    5. Follow the setup instruction on this page. :D

  10. Anonymous
    July 13, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Hi ,
    Thanks Bro, Good instruction, but in the wireless Mode, the option "bridge Client" does not exist, the others do, what does that mean ?? did i miss something or a bad luck.

  11. Bob H
    February 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

    The wireless bridge talks wirelessly to the AP. Can a laptop talk wirelessly to the bridge? Or does it have to be hard wired? The diagram shows three devices connected to the bridge - can they be wireless?

    • Jorge Sierra
      February 13, 2010 at 9:51 am

      What you want is to set up the wireless bridge as a repeater bridge. You'll see it in the DD-WRT options.

  12. Bob H
    February 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

    This is the exact setup I need except I need to connect a laptop wirelessly to the wireless bridge portion of the network. What do I need to plug in to the wireless bridge so I can connect to it wirelessly? Thanks. Great article!

    • Jorge Sierra
      February 13, 2010 at 6:36 am

      You should be able to just directly connect the laptop to the wireless bridge with an ethernet cable. Just plug it into one of the ports (not the Internet/uplink port).

      • Bob H
        February 13, 2010 at 7:13 am

        I mean could I plug in a wireless router into the wireless bridge so I have a wireless network where the bridge is?

        • Jorge Sierra
          February 13, 2010 at 8:30 am

          I'm afraid I still don't understand what exactly it is you want to do. Do you want to set up a separate SSID for the bridge? Do you want the wireless bridge to broadcast the same SSID as your main wireless router?

      • Andrew
        July 10, 2019 at 5:23 am

        I realise this is an old post but I could not help but stick my two cents in. I think what Bob H is asking is can he plug another wireless router into the wireless bridge with a short ether-net cable. It would plug into one of the LAN ports on the wireless bridge and the WAN port on the second wireless router thus creating another wireless access point at a distance from the main one.

  13. shawn
    February 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Would it work if I use another brand wireless router to create as a bridge?

    Currently, I have an Netgear router and a Lynksys lying around and i'm thinking of using the lynksys as a bridge.

    Thanks Shawn

  14. Dr Y Adam
    February 4, 2010 at 8:48 am


    Why does the name of the wireless bridge not show up as "Attached Devices" in my main router. Thanks in advance.

    • Jorge Sierra
      February 4, 2010 at 8:55 am

      I'm not sure. That happens with my (shitty) AT&T 2Wire DSL router. I have a couple of DD-WRT routers connected to it via wireless, but they do not show up in the connected device list.

  15. Dr Y Adam
    January 31, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Hello. Just checked DHCP server and it was already disabled. All is well then. Thanks once again.

  16. Dr Y Adam
    January 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Hi. Thanks. All sorted. Working like a dream. Quick question though: Is DHCP turned off by default in DD-WRT router? Regards.

    • Jorge Sierra
      January 31, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      I don't think it is disabled by default. You may want to disable it on the DD-WRT bridge if you already have DHCP running on your main router. Having two DHCP servers running on the same subnet can cause a world of pain (especially when you don't realize that's what the problem is).

  17. Dr Y Adam
    January 31, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Hi. Thanks for prompt reply. Do you not mean "the last three sets of numbers need to be the same."

    Thanks in advance.

    • Jorge Sierra
      January 31, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      No, the first three from left to right. Something like

  18. Dr Y Adam
    January 31, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Hi. Thanks for great tutorial. Just got my old Linksys router functioning as a bridge.

    I have one minor issue. My main router is

    I gave the DD-WRT

    Everything works but I can't access the DD-WRT on

    Thanks in advance.

    • Jorge Sierra
      January 31, 2010 at 5:06 pm

      The DD-WRT router needs to be on the same subnet, so the first three sets of numbers need to be the same. Change your DD-WRT router to 192.168.1.x. Just be sure you don't select a number that is already in use by another computer.

  19. P. Klein
    January 30, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Does the DD-WRT wireless bridge need to run the same wireless protocol as the original router/WAP? In other words can I use a 802.11N with an 802.11G device?

    • Jorge Sierra
      January 30, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      As long as your 802.11n router can operate in mixed mode, yes, you should be able to use the 802.11n and g together.

  20. Dashley
    January 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    i'm a total newbie, but i've got the mini and standard dd-wrt flashed onto my linksys wrt54gl. my primary router is a dlink with a different ip address: i'm trying to use my linksys as a wireless bridge, and i don't understand what the various ip addresses should be and which ones can be static vs dynamic. and when do i have to disable dhcp. do i have to change anything on the primary d link router?
    my other problem is that when i change the ip address of my linksys (the bridge) to (so as not to conflict with the primary or other computers), when i restart my browser and type in the new ip address, it doesn't find it, so i have to restart the router and go back to the original ip address...i haven't changed anything as far as static vs dynamic/dhcp. it's all default...i apologize for the long message. thanks for the help!

    • Jorge Sierra
      January 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm

      You're on the right track. You don't need to change anything on the dlink and you do need to set the IP on the linksys to a address, so will work fine.

      Do you have the computer hardwired into the dlink or the linksys? You should be able to see the linksys fine if you're hardwired into it. If you are hardwired to it but still can't see it, it might be because your PC is still set up to use as the gateway instead of Then you should be able to see it and proceed with configuring the wireless bridge setup.

  21. ecosseman
    December 18, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Hi Jorge
    Newbie, running Linux. Starting to learn 'bridging' etc.
    Q: In diagram there is a router between switch and dsl modem. What's its purpose?

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 18, 2009 at 9:06 pm

      It provides a physical network connection to multiple computers. In many cases, the DSL modem serves this purpose with multiple built-in ethernet ports.

  22. Adam
    December 14, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Jorge,

    This looks like just what I am looking for...I think. I have a Linksys router sitting rathering dust, but I paid a decent amount of money for it.

    When I got FIOS Verizon brought in there own router. So here is the deal. I just got a new Sony flatscreen and Sony Bluray player. Both of them have ethernet ports for online widget and what not, but my router is downstairs. Will this work for the setup that you described above, or will I need to get some additional equiptment.

    Our networking guy here at work recommended that I buy two wireless bridges (d-links) and use on as a bridge and the other as an AP.

    What do you think?

    • Jorge Sierra
      December 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm

      Nope, no additional equipment necessary!

      As long as your old router is supported by DD-WRT, you should be able to flash it with the DD-WRT firmware. Then you can set it up as a client bridge, enter the credentials to connect to your main router, and hook up all your Sony goodies upstairs.

  23. cozee
    December 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    [quote]I can use it as a bridge with DHCP off as when I turn it off it just seems to work, whereas if I leave it on I cannot get an internet connection.[/quote]

    obviously,you need DHCP to be disabled to turn it into the Wireless.Access.Point.

    The best combination for a network bridge in all my years of doin this for clients in offices,etc is.

    use a speedtouch 585 v6{for e.g} as your main router,connecting as many netgear DG834's as you want all with DHCP disabled and slap em into bridge mode,thats all you need,them 2 different routers,no,repeaters no settings to be touched apart from disabiling DHCP on the Netgears and it bridges first time everytime.

  24. Daniel Groves
    November 25, 2009 at 12:19 pm


    Was wondering if you could help me with this issue. I have a mark 2 BT Home Hub, along with a D-LINK DSL-604+ router. I need to connect the D-LINK router to the BT Home Hub router as a bridge, except I need to leave DHCP on.

    I can use it as a bridge with DHCP off as when I turn it off it just seems to work, whereas if I leave it on I cannot get an internet connection.

    I think the D-LINK router is designed to work with ADSL as there is no dedicated UPLINK ethernet port as far as I can tell.

    Any help would be greatly appriciated.

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm

      Does the D-Link have a DHCP server on it? If so, you shouldn't need to run DHCP on the home hub router. Just keep it (and the computers you connect to it) on the same subnet as the D-Link. The D-Link should be able assign all the IPs.

  25. ECM
    November 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you Jorge! Posts like this are what make the Internet shine!

  26. Chris
    October 2, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Well, thankyou so much, I've been looking around for this sort of setup and not only have you proven it possible, you've given us a guide. Thanks man!

  27. Joe
    August 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Hi, great article.
    I am trying to set up a couple of linksys routers, one acting as a bridge. I was able to install the firmware, however none of my settings will take affect. If I set it to bridge mode, and apply settings and save, then go back in it is set back to ap. If I assign it a different ip address, then check it, it is back to the original. Any suggestions?


    • Jorge Sierra
      August 23, 2009 at 8:43 am

      Be sure you use the Apply button. I've read in the forums about some oddities with the Save button vs. the Apply button in the latest versions of the firmware. If that still doesn't work, you may want to seek help in the DD-WRT forums.

      • Joe
        August 23, 2009 at 9:24 am


  28. Jason
    August 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Hello, I'm currently trying to set up a bridge using a WRT300N V1. The rounter I'm trying to connect to is a WRTU54G-TM, it's one of the T-mobile IP phone routers. I've tried several times following the instructions. When I get to the last step and click save I get the following messasge,"If you have changed your routers Ip address please note you must release/renew your clients address on the network. If your are connected via WLAN,please join the network and then click contiue. I've tried bothe options and still can't get a connection. My main routers address is, so I changed the other address from to Is that the problem? I would appreciate any help I could get.....Jason

    • Jorge Sierra
      August 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

      That should be all you need to do. Here are a couple of ideas:

      It may be possible there is already another machine on the network that has the address, and there is some kind of conflict. Try an oddball address like Just be sure to remember what you set it to so you can get back into the router configuration if that doesn't do the trick.

      The DD-WRT router might have DHCP running on it, which can really muck things up if you already have DHCP running on the main router. On the Setup tab, click Disable for DHCP server.

  29. Scholeyy
    July 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Hello, I am currently running wireless internet with 3 laptops and a desktop PC from a BT home hub downstairs but now want to use the old BT router as a bridge in the kids room for their xbox 360, Will this work well and be simple enough to do as i am a little uneducated in this kind of technology? Thanks for your help so far.

    • Jorge Sierra
      July 14, 2009 at 6:44 am

      I would check the supported device list to see if your router is supported. If it is, you should be able to use the configuration I've described here to bridge the XBox 360.

      As a matter of fact, I just bought a new router to connect my new XBox 360. Since it was a brand new router, I decided to leave the default firmware. However, I did have an old router with DD-WRT that I was able to use to connect the XBox 360 without a problem.

  30. Strategic Ways
    July 11, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    This setup worked me. I have another old router that I want to make use of. Can I use it to help extend the current Client Bridge#1 to make Client Bridge#2? I was hoping that I made the #2 old router into a "node" that helps extends the wifi coverage if I point the Gateway IP to Bridge #1? Thanks.

    • Jorge Sierra
      July 13, 2009 at 7:43 am

      Absolutely. Just look into using ( DD-WRT as a repeater bridge.

  31. Tim Aidler
    July 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Nice article and comments. I'll add something I recently did that might be helpful for someone..

    I wanted to connect an existing wireless lan network (that doesn't have internet) onto a network that does have internet. THe wireless network consists of a router and a couple devices.

    So I setup a winxp machine with two network cards.. one wireless and one wired. I then configured the wireless card to connect to the wireless lan network, and I plugged in the dsl to the pc's wired network card.

    Then in the Network Connections, I selected both networks, right clicked, and selected Bridge. Now the pc can connect to the internet via the wired dsl and it can connect to the wireless network via the wireless network card. And the router and all the devices on the wireless lan can also see the pc and connect to the internet.

    I'd be interested to see if there's other ways of doing this, but this worked very nicely for my application. The only downside is that the pc must be running inorder for this to work and there's potentially some security issue I've opened by connecting a dsl modem directly to a pc (without using a router).

  32. mohd zubir bin maarof
    June 28, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Dear Jorge,

    Please help me in setting up a distance wireless bridge of network. My intention is to connect 1 or 2 computer in my office to my home network (main) to share internet and network.

    I have 1 D-link DI-714P+ at my office and 1 D-link DIR300 with internet connection at my home.The distance between office and my house is about 300-400meters.

    Please suggest simplest physical setup and software configuration (as I'm not well verse with networking but I am a fast learner).

    Do I have to bridge 2 network or I simply connect 1 computer to network using distance wireless connection?

    Thank you

    • Jorge Sierra
      June 30, 2009 at 7:22 am

      300-400 meters is probably a bit to far for conventional wireless routers alone. In order to cover that distance, you will probably need to purchase some high-gain antennas, especially if there is not a direct line of sight.

      Once you have a couple of high-gain antennas, the setup I've described here should work with your routers. However, I do believe that D-Link routers are able to connect to each other with the default firmware (you may not need to install DD-WRT). You may want to look around in the administration menus for those routers to see if you can find an option to perform wireless bridging.

      • Mohd Zubir Maarof
        June 30, 2009 at 12:56 pm

        Dear Jorge,

        If I am going to get a couple of high gain antenna,please suggest how much dBi and type of antenna should I use if the line of sight is a bit indirect (covered)?

        If the line of sight near to my office is a bit covered by a tree top can I combine the use of Omni antenna at my office for the signal to get around the tree than I'm using Directional antenna at my house to get direct signal facing to my office? or else I use both Omni or Direct.

        Thank you

        • Jorge Sierra
          June 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm

          To be honest, you are quickly moving beyond my expertise. It sounds to me as though you've already done a bit of research. I think you probably already know more about this than I do. :-D

          I'm afraid I must defer to the experts of the wifi forums around the globe to provide the answers you seek. If you're lucky, you may even find they have already been posted somewhere.

  33. Michael Poster
    February 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for that last tip, because I believe it answers my next question which is:

    After installing DD-WRT on my router, does my router remain a router or does it turn into a wireless gateway with switching as opposed to routing?

    I ask this question because I have been eyeing a Linksys WET200 5 port wireless bridge that is basically a switch, although a pretty smart one (at least it sounds like it is), because it has features like, adhoc or infrastructure mode, VLAN, and quite a few nice sounding features. However, even though it says it has DHCP support, I don't think it can function as a DHCP server.

    Do you know about the wet200 product?

    The other reason I ask this question, is although I theoretically own a Linksys router, I loaned it to a different friend after I decided to go with my current switch and separate WiFi adapter setup. Meaning, I am not sure how long it will take to get it back. hahaha . . .

    And I am in a hurry, because I'd like to pat myself on the back, but I'm not going to do that until I've learned how to be a survivor in the world of domains!

    Suggestion comments?

    Thanks in advance!

  34. Michael Poster
    February 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for that last tip, because I believe it answers my next question which is:

    After installing DD-WRT on my router, does my router remain a router or does it turn into a wireless gateway with switching as opposed to routing?

    I ask this q

    • Jorge Sierra
      February 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      Yep, that sums it up pretty well I think.

  35. Michael Poster
    February 6, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I have a Linksys WRT54GS and it appears to be on the list of supported devices.

    So tell me if I've got this figured out not, because I really don't have a lot of networking experience. Just been reading a lot of books on it.

    After updating the Cicso router with DD-WRT would you recommend that I:

    1) nix the netgear switch and USB wireless adapters from my desktop network and just plug directly into the Linksys router.

    2) reserve the IP address in the Motorola access point that I use in the Cisco wireless router. From your example: reserve in the access point so that it won't accidentally be leased out to a different machine.

    3) Use as my default gateway configuration for the desktops configured with static IP addresses. On the other hand, Once I set up an internal DNS server, I should serve the address as the default gateway?

    Thanks in adcance again!

    • Jorge Sierra
      February 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm

      Yeah, you could set it up that way. You definitely want to reserve an IP for your DD-WRT router as you suggested. You'd set the workstations also as you've described with the DD-WRT router as the gateway. It sounds to me as though you know what you're doing and you don't give yourself enough credit. ;)

    • Jorge Sierra
      February 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm

      One more thing I forgot to mention. If DHCP is running on your buddy's router and both your equipment and his are on the same subnet, be sure to disable DHCP on your DD-WRT router. Having multiple DHCP servers on the same subnet can wreak havoc on the network.

  36. Michael Poster
    February 5, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I have been trying to find something like this for the last week. My eyeballs are killing me from reading so many websites.

    Here's my situation and I'd like to get your comments: (do you think this will work or not, and any sugggestions you might have).

    Three months ago I was running a standard setup: Cable modem connected to a wireless 4 port router, three workstations wired to the router and one laptop roaming on the wireless. All was well, until I moved . . .

    I now live next door to a friend that has cable internet and a wireless connection and I thought, "Hmmm, why should I pay every month for my own internet when I can split the difference with my buddy?" So that is what I set out to do, but it is not seemless and perfect as I'd like it to be.

    Here are the specifics:

    Buddy's Setup:

    Windows XP Home desktop connected to a Motorola SURFboard SBG900. This is a combination cable modem/router. The SURFboard only has one wired port, but it does DHCP for all connections, wired and wireless.

    My Setup:

    Three desktops connected with wired adapters via a Netgear switch with static IP addresses.

    Each desktop also runs a USB wireless adapter for internet connectivity. So each of my desktop machines has two adapters: 1 wired and 1 wireless.

    This has been working fine under a mixture of Windows XP and Windows Vista machines connected as a workgroup, not a domain. I can see all the shares on all computers. I can even see my buddies shares over the airwaves. I even have one of my Vista machines connected to a magicjack telephone and it sends my calls over my USB adapter to my buddies accesspoint and then out the door to the telephony world.

    But then I went and downloaded Windows 2008 Server R2 Beta and Ubuntu 8.10 Server from the internet and plan on attempting to setup Domain services. And thats the rub. I am not sure if I should attept to keep my current config or try for the wireless bridge this artile speaks of. I am quite intrigued.

    Here are a few concerns:

    The magicjack works great as long as I don't do anything else on the Vista machine that serves it. So i am concerned that a wireless bridge might falter serving the telephone along with my other internet traffic.

    That said, it has also occurred to me that maybe i could somehow instruct the Windows and/or Unbuntu server to route my static traffic through my current USB wireless adapter for my wired network's internet traffic and forget about the bridge all together.

    Now and finally, all that said, if you don't want to delve into my conundrum full ahead. Maybe you could at least answer this question. Will this wireless bridge concept serve my three wired computer (sans the telephone) in a satisfactory manner?

    Thank you in advance for your consideration in this mater.


    • Jorge Sierra
      February 6, 2009 at 10:11 am

      That's quite a setup you have there. If your wireless router supports DD-WRT, it would be the perfect solution for you. You shouldn't have any issue connecting your network to his through the airwaves, and I think it would actually be a better setup. I'm not sure about the magicjack, but I think it would probably still work fine.

  37. Nick
    January 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Hi there,
    This is an excellent tutorial, but I do seem to be running
    into a problem when it comes to saving my router's new configuration. I successfully installed the new firmware for dd-wrt, and manage to enter the GUI at When I try to save any settings my browser tells me the following: This webpage is not available.

    The webpage at might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.

    Any suggestions?

    • Jorge Sierra
      January 21, 2009 at 5:41 am

      Sounds to me like you're probably using Google Chrome. I have the same problem. Try using a different browser.

      • Score
        March 31, 2009 at 1:51 pm

        Thanks Jorge, I had same issue and in IE she worked fine...u da man!

  38. Turd Ferguson
    January 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for the info in this article. I have a question concerning a similar situation. I currently have a wired network and i'm very happy with it, however i'm moving soon and i won't be able to run cable the same way i did in my current situation. For my new set-up i am planning on having my modem and router in my office along with a few computers and an xbox. I still need to connect to the internet in the living room however for my other xbox and my blu-ray player. i was wanting to add a second router for the living room. could i hook up the devices in the living room to the second router and have them pull the signal and thus internet from the first router?

    some info- router i already have - netgear wpn824 which cannot run dd-wrt. however, for the second router i was going to pick up the asus WL-520gU which can run dd-wrt.

    any insight would be very much appreciated, i'm a computer science student but this dilemma is new to me. thanks!

    • Jorge Sierra
      January 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm

      You can absolutely do exactly what you wish to do. As long as the second router that will be connected via wireless supports DD-WRT, you shouldn't have any issues.

      • Turd Ferguson
        January 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm

        Thank you for your quick response! I appreciate it.

  39. Jorge Sierra
    November 16, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    1) It doesn't really matter, but to keep it easier to know which router you're connected to it might be better to set up a different SSID.

    2) Since you're going to use the uplink port on the second router, you can run DHCP on the second router without a problem. However, you'll probably want to put each router on a different subnet (maybe first router on 192.168.1.* and second on 192.168.2.*).

    3) No, just be sure to remember what it is. :)

    4) It doesn't really matter if you have DHCP running on the first router.

    The setup you described should work just fine. Just be aware that computers connected to the first router will not be able to see machines connected to the second. Because the second router is connected via the uplink port, it will treat machines on the first router just as it would the Internet. None of the machines on the first router will be able to see those connected to the second.

    If this is a problem and you need all of the machines to be on the same LAN:

    1) Connect the second router via a client port, not the uplink.
    2) Assign the local IP address on the second router to be on the same subnet on the first. Just be sure to give it a different address to any machines you may have connected to the first router.
    3) Disable DHCP on the second router. Because everything is on the same LAN, the DHCP server on the first router will work fine.
    4) SSID setup is same, probably a different SSID/channel would be better.

    • bob
      May 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

      I followed the setup instructions. I am trying to connect a belkin to a verizon fios router. I get a connection but I get the "limited or no connectivity message." How can I troubleshoot?

  40. ben nguyen
    November 16, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I'm trying to do something similar but I'm not sure if it's a 'client bridge' is what I need to setup..

    I have a wireless router but I'm getting a weak signal on in another part of the house and I can *EASILY* run a wire from the first router to a second wireless router that I'm not using. I'll connect this wire to the 2nd router's uplink port (rather than one of the client ports)

    For this configuration, my laptop will be connected to the 2nd router via one its regular client ports. The laptop's ip settings will be set for obtain an ip automatically.

    Here's where the confusion starts...

    1) should the ssid names be different since the 2nd router will be connected via WIRE to the first (i.e. not via 802.11g)?

    2) can I have both routers setup as a dhcp server running so that they can each have any wired or wireless device connected to them?

    3) the second router does not allow it's local ip address to be dynamic, I must assign a static ip address to it. Will this be a problem?

    4) The second router will get it's internet ip address dynamically (i.e. from the first router dhcp server). I should not assign a static wan ip address, correct?

    Is this correct? Or what I'm trying to do is not possible with this type of setup?

    • Jorge Sierra
      November 17, 2008 at 1:42 pm

      nguyen, check my comment below. sorry I meant to reply here but inadvertently posted a new comment.

    • Technoash
      October 10, 2009 at 6:37 am

      For this you need a reapeater. If you google "make a reapeater with router" there shoul be a forum or something to help you. What a reapeater does is it extends the range of a router. It usually is connected to the first router by Ethernet (wire) and it sends and recieves what the first router sends and recieves again to make the signal stronger. So you could probbably disable the witless on your 1st router and just use the wireless on a reapeater.

      Sorry that I couldn't explain it well becaupse I'm typing on my iPhone

  41. The Windows Fix
    November 14, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Very cool, god know I've purchased plenty of routers that my actually work better for something like this. I'll be sure to add this for future reference.