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I wanted to get a remote room in my house to have the internet without running a cable to it. I already had a netgear wireless router, so I figured it would be an easy purchase to just get any wireless router and connect it up. Wrong. First I bought a D-Link wireless G Router on recommendation from a tech guy at the shop. I had my suspicisions that he didn't know what I was talking about, and that was later confirmed. Thankfully I read the on-line doco before I opened the package.

So after researching a little myself, I bought a Linksys WAP54g (version3 - formware 3.05).

The netgear has 4 LAN ports(L), 1 WAN port(I), and Wireless (W)

Optus cable ----- I  netgear WGR614 v5           WAP54g
                     L       L   L  L  W  ~~~   W     L 
		     |       |                        |
		     + PC1   + PC2                    + PC3
So the ~~~ is the long distance to the remote room. PC3 is the machine I use to configure the WAP54g.


  • Doco said it wouldn't work, and that I'd need another WAP54g to connect to. That was not the case.
  • default user/pass was wrong. By default the user is blank, and the password is "admin".
  • I set my PC to GW = thinking that the WAP54g would act as the router, but it doesn't. On the PC (linux or windows) use the IP address as usual (ie PC1, PC2 and PC3 all have the same gateway which in my case is
  • Sometimes I couldn't get to the WAP54g after making changes, particularly when messing with DHCP. So I had to reset it. (Hold button at back down for 10 seconds with pen).
  • In the end, the CD with the software on it just slowed me down. Would have been faster to just connect over the web (to

    Future setup

    The reason for all this is that I have a bunch of computers in the remote room, so I figured rather than buy wireless cards for them all, just do it once, and then I don't need to touch the linux server either.
    Optus cable ----- I  netgear WGR614 v5           WAP54g
                         L       L   L  L  W  ~~~   W     L 
    		     |                                |
    		     + PC1   	                      + HUB
    		     				      + + + + 
    					              | | | | 
    					              | | | +PC 1
    					              | | +PC 2
    					              | +PC 3

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    Last Change: Sunday, 20-Jul-2008 06:08:10 EDT


    The information provided within these pages is provided AS IS, and without any warranty. Following these directions may (but not limited to) crash your computer, delete all the information on your hard disk, open up security holes or cause your house to burn down. I made these pages to provide some information about the setup that I have done, but I did not proofread it for correctness, and in most cases did not test it. There are commands in these pages that would definately delete or corrupt all the data on your computer (especially the dualboot section). In fact it happened to me.... So you are on your own!

    Cameron Gregory