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Thread: how to connect WL-HDD to a WRT54G wireless ?

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    Question fixed: how to connect WL-HDD to a WRT54G wireless ?

    Hi !

    I want my WL-HDD to connect to the WRT54G wireless only.
    No other wireless connections directly to the box should be possible.
    All access to the WL-HDD should run over the router.

    I have the latest official firmwares on both devices but cant get this working !
    Is it working with the correct Client-mode settings or do i need WDS ?
    Is WDS supported on the WRT (couldnt find any configuration-options in the webinterface of the WRT) ?
    Do i have to choose same channel/ssid on both devices or another ssid for the WL-HDD ?
    With some settings i tried the WL-HDD hung with WLAN-LED on all the time and i had to remove
    its MAC-adress from the filter list in the WRT to being able to connect over cable to it again.
    I played around the whole evening and cant figure out the right settings.
    Some settings:
    - all SSID are invisible
    - security is WEP/128 and MAC-filter
    - WRT is set to 54MBit only, same on the WL-HDD

    Can anyone of you help ?
    Thanks in advance, da Fox
    Last edited by ezfox; 25-05-2005 at 20:52.

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    just use client function and turn off firewall as it will place your wl-hdd behind it

    I am also asuming you are using firmware, if not then I don't know as I don't use my wl-hdd with stock firmwares

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  3. #3
    here is my actual configuration of the WL-HDD:


    Wireless - Interface
    Region: Europe
    SSID: [SSID of my WRT]
    Channel: 7
    Data Rate(Mbps): 54
    54g Mode: 54g No Protection
    Authentication Method: Open System or Shared Key
    Encryption: WEP-128Bits
    Hide SSID: Yes

    Wireless - Bridge
    AP Mode: AP only
    Channel: 7
    Connect to APs in Remote Bridge List? No
    Allow anonymous? No

    Wireless - Access Control
    MAC Access Mode: Accept (MAC of my WRT)

    Wireless - Client Mode
    Become an AP if no AP can be connected? No
    Client Mode: Connect to AP in profiles
    Prefered AP [SSID of my WRT]

    LAN IP Setting
    Get IP Automatically? No
    IP Address: x.x.x.x
    Subnet Mask:
    Default Gateway: IP of my WRT

    >>> LAN is working, WLAN is not working, WLAN LED is on all the time, doesnt flash, Ping - no response

    >>> Also i tried to use WDS, but i think that the WRT can only used with WDS if you have a custom firmware (sweasoft ?) installed.

    Wireless - Bridge
    AP Mode: WDS only
    Channel: 7
    Connect to APs in Remote Bridge List? Yes (MAC of my WRT)
    Allow anonymous? Yes

    >>> LAN is working, WLAN is not working, WLAN LED is flashing sometimes, otherwise on all the time, Ping - no response

    >>> Firewall for WLAN in WRT54G disabled - no effect
    Last edited by ezfox; 24-05-2005 at 21:04.

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    Ok, now i installed firmware
    But there is no tab for client mode-settings anymore !?!?
    I´m lost...

    Btw. - nice functions included in this firmware

    Edit: I found the settings for client mode ("station") - but that didnt work too.
    Still no connection to the WRT54G via WLAN.
    Is this such an unusual configuration - i thought it would be wide spreaded ?!

    The only thing i can try now is to install DD-WRT firmware on the WRT and use WDS.
    But maybe there is still someone who can help me with the client mode ?!
    Last edited by ezfox; 25-05-2005 at 08:16.

  5. #5
    Solution found: had to turn off MAC filtering on the WRT54G !

    It works fine now in "Client (or "Station") Mode", with SSID hidden in both devices and MAC filtering activated in the WL-HDD.

    Not nice that i have to do without the MAC filtering on the WRT, but at least it works...

  6. #6
    I have a WRT54G with the WL-HDD wirelessly connected with no problems using the MAC filter on the WRT54G. But I did find that I couldn't get the MAC filter on the WL-HDD to work and then I subsequently wondered if in fact it needs to be in operation if the unit isn't being used as an AP? Try switching off the Wl-HDD MAC filter and see if that works.

  7. #7
    Yes, you are right - MAC filtering off in WL-HDD now and on in WRT and it works !

    Thanks for the tip !!!

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    Glad to be able to help. I got good advice from this forum when trying to set up ftp access so nice to be able to contribute as well.

    But you will find that the WL-HDD is even more lethargic when used wirelessly than via Ethernet. If you have any seriously large files to transfer then I find Ethernet works much better. But there is no doubt that it's a neat pice of kit and my next project is to use it as the store for my mp3s and play them wirelessly with a Pocket PC hooked up to my hifi via Bluetooth!

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    hi ezfox,
    I've the same issue with my freebox (it's the wireless modem/router of my ISP)

    so could you please post your complete configuration (like your second post) , so I could do the same (and does your channel is the same on both WL-HDD and WRT ?)

    thanks for your help

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