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PLEASE NOTE:

(requires version 2.3 or greater for GUI setup)

We are currently experiencing Client Bridge and Repeater Bridge problems when the host is a non-Linux based router. If you are experiencing problem or would like to report a non-linux router as a problem please post in this thread. We are trying to keep this list up to date. Client Bridge is said to be working with the old V23 SP2 build...but not the newest V24 builds.


V24 builds

My setup using V24 buildsredhawk

==Instructions== added 05/29/08 - Security added 06/06/08

A very simple step-by-step instruction to connect a Router running DD-WRT V24 firmware in Client Bridge Mode.

Confirmed working on V24-Final V24-SP1 V24 Pre-SP2


To enable Bridge-Mode between two Routers, the Primary router has to be in AP mode. The Secondary router running DD-WRT as Client Bridged

  1. Do a hard reset (30/30/30) on Client (DD-WRT) Router
  2. Connect to the secondary router via wired LAN port
  3. Open the Wireless -> Basic Settings tab
    • Wireless Mode : Client Bridge
    • Wireless Network Mode : Match Primary Router
    • Wireless Network Name(SSID) : Match Primary Router
    • Wireless Channel : Match Primary Router
    • Wireless SSID Broadcast : Enable
    • Network Configuration : Bridged
    • Save Settings
  4. Open the Wireless-> Wireless Security tab
    • Set your Encryption to either WEP or WPA-Personal
      • Note - Don't use WPA2 for Client Bridge mode
    • If WPA is chosen - use only TKIP or AES...not TKIP+AES
      • Note - the Primary router can be running WPA TKIP+AES
      • Note - 07/15/08 - TKIP + AES is now working on the Client Bridge.- redhawk
    • Enter your encryption key to match the Primary router
    • Save Settings
  5. Open the Setup -> Basic Setup tab
    • Connection Type will be: Disabled
    • Set STP for Disabled (Enabled sometimes can cause connection problems)
    • IP Address : 192.168.1.2 (Assuming Primary Router IP is 192.168.1.1)
    • Mask : 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway: 192.168.1.1 (again assuming Primary Router IP is 192.168.1.1)
    • Assign WAN Port to Switch : Checked or Unchecked - your choice
    • Save Settings
  6. Open the Setup -> Advanced Routing tab
    • Change Type to: Router
    • Save Settings
  7. Open the Security -> Firewall tab
    • You MUST Uncheck all boxes except "Filter Multicast" in "Block WAN Requests" before the next step
    • Disable SP1 firewall
    • Save Settings
  8. Open the Administration tab
    • APPLY Settings
    • Click "Reboot" button



V23 builds

I started a page here to make it easy to find this info. So far, as related to version 2.3 and gui setup of this mode only, (no tweaking by telnetting in and running nvram commands), I could only find info in the following links.

My attempt: Bridge Install

Related attempts: Wireless Bridge

External forum thread: Wireless Bridge thread


Using DD-WRT v23 (01/11/05 & 25/12/05) I succeeded with Client bridge mode with WPA changing only the following from the defaults:

Setup > Basic Setup

DHCP Server:  Disable

Wireless > Basic Settings

Wireless Mode:          Client Bridged
Wireless Network Mode:  Mixed

Wireless > Wireless Security

Security Mode:   WPA Pre-Shared Key
WPA Algorithms:  TKIP
WPA Shared Key:  <equal to the other side>

Status > Wireless

Survey
(shows list of available networks. Select the proper one, then click Join and Close.)


The other side is a standard internet connected Hyper-WRT 2.0. For the 01/11/05 version both the DD-WRT router and all connected computers appear in the DHCP Active IP Table. With the 25/12/05 version only the connected computer appear.