#1 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, November 5th, 2013 08:01
#2 By: AJ Johnson, November 5th, 2013 15:00
Why wouldn't it work to flash dd-wrt onto a old router, plug a cable from your main router into the old router, turn off wifi on the old router, and and plug stuff into the old router? I have done this a few times to make a ethernet extention cord.
#3 By: Don Gateley, November 5th, 2013 22:35
C'mon now. The title of this article should be "How to Reuse Your Old Linksys WRT54GL Wi-Fi router as a Network Switch." This rag all too often generalizes the specific into something it's not.
#4 By: Naman Sood, November 6th, 2013 05:10
For me, it's more like, flash DD-WRT onto it and try to PXE boot by connecting the server and the client to it. But then fail, forget about it, and do the same thing two months later.
#5 By: Robert Edwards, November 6th, 2013 09:45
Why turn off the Wi-Fi? Why not set to a different channel than your main and extend the coverage of your wireless cloud? I have done this basic setup with my main router on one corner of the house and a Switch/Access Port on the other corner of the house. As i move through the house, the iPad will work and find the strongest signal available.
#6 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, November 6th, 2013 20:28
That's... exactly what the article is about. So yes, yes it would work.
Nonsense, the techniques outlined in the article will work with hundreds of routers. We used the WRT54 series router because it's one of the best selling home routers of all time.
Why turn it off? Because the article was specifically about turning an old router into a switch and if you don't need the extra Wi-Fi coverage there's no need to waste the power keeping the Wi-Fi radio on. We have written about what you suggest, Wi-Fi coverage via secondary router AP extension before though: http://www.howtogeek.com/104469/
#7 By: Don Gateley, November 7th, 2013 22:58
Nonsense back at ya. If one is savvy enough to know how to translate the setup options and pages for the WRT54GL to the router one has it is doubtful he needs the advice offered here. How about rising to the challenge of writing general, router agnostic instructions?
#8 By: Naman Sood, November 8th, 2013 09:58
That would be either:
- terribly long and difficult to both read and write
- Incredibly vague.
Not a good idea.
#9 By: Tom Wilson, November 8th, 2013 11:39
Why not set to a different channel than your main and extend the coverage of your wireless cloud?
Right. use a different channel, but use the same SSID, and WPA passphrase, and your client devices will automatically choose the strongest signal. I had 3 routers set up this way at my old house, and it worked great. (The new place gets pretty much full coverage with one AP.)
An ideal solution would use managed access points... but nobody makes managed AP's in a price range that's accessible for home users. So you have to set up each AP manually.
#10 By: Don Gateley, November 8th, 2013 17:18
Hmmm, you just may have made my point.
#11 By: B H, December 22nd, 2013 20:55
Well the article helped me get what i needed done. Saw the headline, followed the steps and my switch is set up. Good enough, thanks Jason, good work!