I’ve been trying to get these routers to talk to each other for a while. I have my desktop computer sitting on the other side of the WRT54GL so I need to use it as a wireless receiver. I’m using the generally awesome Tomato Firmware for the job but the settings should follow for any router in that family with any custom firmware. I searched the internet high and low on how to set this up with security and through much trial and error found a workable solution. I didn’t find it explicitly stated anywhere so I’m going to lay out my findings.
###The AirPort Extreme setup:
- Wireless: create Wireless Network
- Security: WPA/WPA2 Personal
- Wireless Options: 2.4GHz Channel: Explicitly choose an unused 2.4GHz channel with as big a buffer as possible between the next active channels. Use a wireless survey tool to figure this out.
- Take note of the DHCP Range in the Network tab (
###The WRT54GL setup (Basic -> Network):
192.168.1.1with DHCP Range
192.168.1.149and I set the IP to
192.168.1.2. Keeping this value in your network allows you to access the configuration when your computer has a DHCP address from the AirPort Extreme.
That’s it. It took me a frustratingly long time to figure out that you have to use WPA Personal and TKIP so I hope this saves someone else some time.