WRT54G WiFi Repeater
the Hidden Features Using DD-WRT
WRT54G router is capable of working in repeater mode with
third party firmware like DD-WRT. A WiFi repeater is a device
that will connect to another wireless access point and redistribute
the signal. Repeaters are typically used to extend the coverage
of a network in office buildings, hotels, convention halls,
airports and other public spaces.
can also be used on a smaller scale to share an internet connection
with a neighbor. You can also use a repeater to set up a communal
open hotspot and share the connection with a group of neighbors.
of June 2007, DD-WRT beta v24 firmware is the only version
that works in repeater mode. You can download it here.
The download area is a bit confusing. Follow these steps to
find the correct firmware:
the most current date
last step will take you to a folder full of different versions
of the firmware. You will need one or more files marked as
"WRT54G." To determine which one is appropriate
for your version of WRT54G you need to consult the wiki.
Some of the more recent versions of WRT54G have a RAM issue
that can be overcome by installing the smaller "micro"
firmware is relatively easy to install and setup. The installation
process varies slightly based on the version of the router
you have. The older WRT54G models you can buy used on Ebay
are better candidates for third party firmware installation.
has moved away from open source firmware in the new models
of WRT54G. However, the current WRT54GL will still accept
third party firmware. Not surprisingly, this model costs more
than comparable units so stick to the used stuff when you
official DD-WRT page is the best place to get installation
instructions. There is some useful information in the wiki.
The DD-WRT forum is better than the wiki although both presuppose
you have basic networking skills. I had none prior to doing
all this and still made it through. You can too.