DD-WRT Repeater Router

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Supplier: FreeGeek
  • Supplier: FreeGeek
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  • Model: WRT54G v5
  • Serial Number: Information Needed

MakerCave's internet service is provided by Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. However, the unit is limited to 10 simultaneous users, which can be quickly take up with smartphones, tablets, laptops, wireless printers, etc. I also wanted an option to bridge wired devices to the network.

While rummaging around at FreeGeek, I came across an old Linksys WRT54G, which could be flashed with DD-WRT for $15.00. Setting up a DD-WRT router as a repeater would allow me to extend my network to wired connections and beyond 10 simultaneous users.

  1. Hard reset the DD-WRT Router (30/30/30)
  2. Login into the DD-WRT Router by typing in http://192.168.1.1 into the address of your web browser.
    • When you login in for the first time, you will be asked to set your username and password for the router. Set it to whatever you would like and hit Apply Settings.
  3. Under the Setup -> Basic Setup tab, name your DD-WRT Repeater Router different from your primary router.
  4. Then change the Local IP Address to 192.168.2.1 and hit Apply Settings.
    • This will cause the DD-WRT Router to reboot, and the router will not come back online because you changed its IP address. To be safe, unplug the network cable, wait 10 seconds and then replug in the network cable. Your computer should acquire an IP address that begins 192.168.2.x (with x as a dynamically assigned number by the router).
  5. Login back into the DD-WRT Router by typing in http://192.168.2.1 into the address of your web browser.
  6. Under Security -> Firewall tab, disable the SPI Firewall and hit Apply Settings.
  7. Under Wireless -> Basic Settings tab, add a Virtual Interface.
  8. At the top of the same page, change Wireless Mode to Repeater.
  9. Change Wireless Network Name (SSID) to your primary router's SSID.
  10. Give your Virtual Interface Wireless Network Name (SSID) a name different from your primary router's SSID so you can distinguish which network you are connecting to.
  11. Click Save, NOT Apply Settings yet.
  12. Under Wireless -> Wireless Security, you must match up the security settings you have on your primary router: same security type, same encryption algorithm and same password. Now hit Apply Settings

You should shortly notice that the DD-WRT Router WAN IP Address change from 0.0.0.0 to an IP Address assigned by the primary router.

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