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Using NETGEAR WGR614L (with DD-WRT) As A Wireless Repeater Bridge


Introduction

A wireless repeater bridge is needed to connect two LAN segments with a wireless link.  The two LAN segments will be in the same subnet.  In this article, we will show the steps to configuring the NETGEAR WGR614L with DD-WRT (v-24 SP1) firmware (downloadable here) as a repeater bridge.  When a wireless router acts as a repeater bridge, we can connect both wired and wireless clients to it.

Primary Router Setup

The primary router can be any brand of router.  In fact, it can be a simple AP.  The DD-WRT firmware with wireless repeater bridge mode needs only to be installed on the secondary router (NETGEAR WGR614L) which will be configured as the repeater bridge.

I have given my primary router (or primary AP) an IP address of 192.168.1.11.  You can assign any IP you wish, provided both primary and secondary routers are in the same subnet.  Usually, DHCP should be enabled on the primary router so that it can assign IP addresses by DHCP.  Without DHCP enabled, your bridged peripherals may not be able to get onto the network.

If you want, you can disable DHCP on the primary router; however, in that case you need to manually provide an IP address to each of the peripheras connected with the secondary router.

Configuring Secondary Router (DD-WRT):

Step 1:   Open a browser on your PC and connect to the DD-WRT router – usually its default address is http://192.168.1.1

Step 2:  Click Setup / Basic Setup.  Scroll down to Network Address Server Settings (DHCP).  Click to disable DHCP.  This will prevent the bridged router from assigning addresses, which will be the job of our primary router.  Alternately, we will assign IP addresses manually to bridged devices.

Leave WAN Connection Type as: Automatic Configuration-DHCP, and enable STP.

Step 3:  Click Wireless/Basic Settings. For Wireless Mode, select “Repeater Bridge.”  Set Wireless Network Mode to match your primary router – “mixed” is the safe default, unless your primary router is set exclusively to b or g mode.

My primary router is using “mixed,” so I have kept the settings the same for secondary router.

Wireless Network Name (SSID ) (here “home_test”) and Wireless Channel (6-2.437Ghz) should be matching with the primary router. 

Wireless SSID broadcast should be enabled, and Network Configuration should be bridged, as seen below:

Using NETGEAR WGR614L As A Wireless Repeater Bridge

After clicking Apply, the page will refresh and the new page will contain an additional heading: Virtual Interfaces, as seen below.

Using NETGEAR WGR614L As A Wireless Repeater Bridge

Click the Add button under Virtual Interfaces heading and it will show a virtual interface entry.  Set its SSID.  This SSID should be different from that of the Primary router and it will act as SSID for
wireless clients connected to secondary router (DD-WRT router).   I have set this to dd-wrt_vap.

Wireless SSID Broadcast  should be enabled and Network Configuration should be bridged for the virtual interface.

This has been shown below:

Using NETGEAR WGR614L As A Wireless Repeater Bridge

Step 4:  Click Wireless/Wireless Security. For Security Mode, select the appropriate choice that matches your primary router – either none, WEP, WPA or WPA2. In this example, our primary router uses  none. So I have kept Security Mode  Disabled as shown below:

Using NETGEAR WGR614L As A Wireless Repeater Bridge

Step 5:  Click Status/Wireless. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you’ll see a button labeled “Site Survey.” You now need to associate this router to your primary router to create the bridge. This has been shown below:

Using NETGEAR WGR614L As A Wireless Repeater Bridge

Click the Site Survey button, and a window pops up showing available wireless networks as the one shown below:

Using NETGEAR WGR614L As A Wireless Repeater Bridge

In our setup, there are several wireless networks available but we want to connect with wireless network with SSID home_test because that is our primary router. Click the corresponding Join button to create the bridge.

DD-WRT will let you know that you’ve successfully joined the network.

If joining is successful a message will pop up as the one shown below:

Using NETGEAR WGR614L As A Wireless Repeater Bridge

Testing Your Setup

You’ve now completed the bridge. To test this we need to test if we can associate a wireless client to our secondary router or not. I have done this with a wireless client (Netgear Wireless USB Adapter). Do remember to disable DHCP on secondary router (DD-WRT router) as has been shown below. It will prevent bridged devices getting IP from DD-WRT router.

Using NETGEAR WGR614L As A Wireless Repeater Bridge

The picture shown below shows the available wireless networks available for my wireless client

Using NETGEAR WGR614L As A Wireless Repeater Bridge

I have connected my client with SSID dd-wrt_vap which is the SSID I gave to virtual interface of Repeater Bridge.

This is how we can configure a NETGEAR WGR614L as a wireless repeater bridge.  If you have successfully configured your router to act as a repeater bridge, you should be able to ping the primary router from your wireless client - provided you have given your wireless client a proper IP, or it has gotten an IP from the primary router through DHCP.

What To Do If Testing Fails

If your wireless client is not receiving an IP address from your primary router and can’t connect to the Internet or if you are not able to ping the primary router, the bridge is not working.   You can retrace your steps and start from the beginning to ensure you have all the settings done properly.  If you are still having trouble, please leave me a comment!


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Discussion:    Add a Comment | Comments 1-3 of 3 | Latest Comment

December 30, 2009 1:13 AM

Hello, I performed all steps as mentioned in this article(twice) and got the 'Successfully joined ...' message at the end. But connecting to the internet does not work. Primary router is Motorola SBG900 and using 'mixed' wireless mode on channel 6, with 'WPA Personal / TKIP' security (not that this part should matter). I am using dd-wrt.v24-12548_NEWD_std7 firmware.

December 30, 2009 12:09 PM

Fyresoul said: Hello, I performed all steps as mentioned in this article(twice) and got the 'Successfully joined ...' message at the end. But connecting to the internet does not work. Primary router is Motorola SBG900 and using 'mixed' wireless mode on channel 6, with 'WPA Personal / TKIP' security (not that this part should matter). I am using dd-wrt.v24-12548_NEWD_std7 firmware.
Hey again, I went to http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Repeater_Bridge#Instructions /> Following those instructinos worked. I don't know what the difference is :iiam:

May 15, 2012 9:48 AM

Hi

Thanks for posting , this worked for me using a Netgear DG834G as primary and Netgear WNR2000v2 as secondary. The only difference on my config is WAN connection disabled, but not sure whether it matters.

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