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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:33 pm    Post subject: WRTP54G as a wireless bridge and phone Reply with quote Back to top

I have just purchased a WRTP54G and travel to hotels that ONLY have wireless internet. I am trying to setup the WRTP54G as a wireless bridge for the phone to the wireless connection already in the hotel (SSID - dataleapnetworks). The manual status to use the WRTP54G as the main router and does not give any information as to how to configure as a wireless bridge.

Anyone have any experience with this?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I don't believe the WRTP54G has this capability. Do a search on the forum and you'll find discussions for using the WRT54G (router only, not a phone adapter) this way, but only with third party firmware.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I can confirm what Steve has said. The WRTP54G is only capable of being a wireless access point, not a bridge.

You could, however, plug it into the wired connection at your hotel (if it has one) then use an attached computer to get past the "connect now" screens that most hotels put in. From there, your Vonage line would probably work fine.

The other alternative that some people use is to connect to the Internet using your laptop, then patch your laptop's Ethernet port to your Vonage's WAN port and use Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). It's a lashup, but some people around here use it with success (though your firewall might give you some trouble with it).

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:39 am    Post subject: Wireless bridge Reply with quote Back to top

I have been trying to do this for a year now. I have even bought a wap54g v2 with the latest firmware installed. Still no luck. I have tried plugging the AP into the wan and lan ports. I would like to find a way to do this. Someone out there should no more about this. I just have to keep looking and posting.

On an old router that i had. I disabled the dhcp server. This router has that option and relay. Have you tried this ? And your routers ip has to be in the same range as the network you the trying to connect to. I am going to try this out today.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The WRT54GL, with aftermarket firmare (HyperWRT Thibor or DD-WRT, among others) is capable of running in "client" mode. The WRTSL54GS is the same basic router, except it adds a USB port for network storage, and has a faster processor. It can also run HyperWRT and DD-WRT and run in client mode.

I don't know of any other routers with that capability off the top of my head.

Most access points and routers default to running in "server" mode, so they are expecting only clients to talk to them.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Does the WRTSL54GS have Voip ? What i am trying to so is connect to a wireless network to be able to use this router on the go with Vonage. And aslo wrtp54g is cpable of connecting with another wrtp54g or wap54g. So it is possible just have to figure it out.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

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Does the WRTSL54GS have Voip ? What i am trying to so is connect to a wireless network to be able to use this router on the go with Vonage.


No. It would be an additional device you'd have to carry, sadly.

Hotel Wireless (WiFi) -> (WiFi) WRT54GL (LAN Ports) -> Computer(s), Vonage Adapter, etc.

So, you'd need to carry:

1. WRT54GL to attach as "client" to the Hotel ISP.
2. Laptop to bring up web page of Hotel ISP to accept their Terms of Service (usually).
3. Vonage adapter.
4. Any phone(s) you want to plug into Vonage adapter.

OR, if this is a temporary lashup, you can use your laptop and Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to accomplish the same thing (assuming it has both wireless AND Ethernet):

Hotel Wireless (WiFi) -> (WiFi) Laptop (LAN Port) -> (WAN Port) Vonage Adapter

Upside of the Laptop ICS solution is size and weight. You don't need a separate router.

Downside is that laptop WiFi radios tend to be far weaker and less robust than the one built into the WRT54GL, and you have to have your laptop on as long as you want to maintain dial tone on the Vonage line.

Linksys did, at one point, make a teeny little travel adapter that was designed to plug into the wall, become a WiFi client on any open WiFi network it could find, then rebroadcast that signal as a separate low-range wireless signal plus a single Ethernet port. I've never tried it and I don't know if they still make it. It's certainly smaller than the WRT54GL, but I don't know if it would be any better than using ICS, to be honest.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Take a look an the manual on page 38

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?childpagename=US%2FLayout&packedargs=page%3D2%26cid%3D1115416835852%26c%3DL_Content_C1&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper&SubmittedElement=Linksys%2FFormSubmit%2FProductDownloadSearch&sp_prodsku=1118334626380

From what it say is it is possible to do. That is why i bought the wap54g. And said i could on tech support.
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wlanpirate wrote:
Take a look an the manual on page 38

From what it say is it is possible to do. That is why i bought the wap54g. And said i could on tech support.


Hmm, according to some Google searches, the WAP54G should be able to act as a client, as of version 2.06 of the firmware. I've never used one, so that's good info.

Have you tried plugging a computer into the WAP54G to see if you are being blocked by the "hotel login/TOS" page? I know at the Hilton Garden where I stay when I travel down to Lexington, KY, nothing at all works until I surf to their splash page and click "connect". However, I've never taken my Vonage line on the road with me when I go down there.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

yes the internet works fine, just with a computer plugged in but i want to be able to run the AP to the Vonage router. I am going to try one more time tomorrow with the tech guys. If that dont work i am going to break down soon and buy the wifi phone.
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