Can a Linksys WRT54G Router be used as access point with no internet availablilty?

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by reply@this.newsgroup.com, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Support responded with nonsensical answers to this telling how to fix the
    internet not being seen.

    Is it possible to install a WRT54G Router on a LAN to simply be an access
    point for laptops with wifi to access the ethernet LAN -- when there is no
    internet connection around.

    My guess is that I misinterpreted some of the hype for one of it's uses,
    bought one on sale, but can't install because it keeps looking for internet
    connection. Maybe somebody has an installation trick to fool it?

    However, I'd like this confirmed by somebody, and lacking an answer to the
    same question to Linksys support, thought I'd try here.

    I know I can do it with Apple Airport Extreme base, and have done so, but that
    is much expensive and can't be controlled by any 98SE machines.
     
    , Feb 20, 2005
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  2. Mark Guest

    In a word, YES. ;-)

    try here:
    www.linksysinfo.org



    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Support responded with nonsensical answers to this telling how to fix the
    > internet not being seen.
    >
    > Is it possible to install a WRT54G Router on a LAN to simply be an access
    > point for laptops with wifi to access the ethernet LAN -- when there is no
    > internet connection around.
    >
    > My guess is that I misinterpreted some of the hype for one of it's uses,
    > bought one on sale, but can't install because it keeps looking for
    > internet
    > connection. Maybe somebody has an installation trick to fool it?
    >
    > However, I'd like this confirmed by somebody, and lacking an answer to the
    > same question to Linksys support, thought I'd try here.
    >
    > I know I can do it with Apple Airport Extreme base, and have done so, but
    > that
    > is much expensive and can't be controlled by any 98SE machines.
    >
    >
     
    Mark, Feb 20, 2005
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  3. Jack Guest

    Hi

    You can do it provided you configure the Router to work as an Access Point
    with a switch.

    You need to switch off the DHCP and configure the Router’s IP to match your
    Network IP range.

    More instructions here, the page was written for another purpose but you can
    extract the principles: http://www.ezlan.net/router_AP.html

    Jack (MVP-Networking).





    "Mark" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > In a word, YES. ;-)
    >
    > try here:
    > www.linksysinfo.org
    >
    >
    >
    > <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > Support responded with nonsensical answers to this telling how to fix

    the
    > > internet not being seen.
    > >
    > > Is it possible to install a WRT54G Router on a LAN to simply be an

    access
    > > point for laptops with wifi to access the ethernet LAN -- when there is

    no
    > > internet connection around.
    > >
    > > My guess is that I misinterpreted some of the hype for one of it's

    uses,
    > > bought one on sale, but can't install because it keeps looking for
    > > internet
    > > connection. Maybe somebody has an installation trick to fool it?
    > >
    > > However, I'd like this confirmed by somebody, and lacking an answer to

    the
    > > same question to Linksys support, thought I'd try here.
    > >
    > > I know I can do it with Apple Airport Extreme base, and have done so,

    but
    > > that
    > > is much expensive and can't be controlled by any 98SE machines.
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Jack, Feb 20, 2005
    #3
  4. Guest

    How about some search hints? Nice site, but haven't gotten anywhere yet.

    On Sat, 19 Feb 2005 22:45:42 -0500, "Mark" <> wrote:

    |In a word, YES. ;-)
    |
    |try here:
    |www.linksysinfo.org
    |
    |
    |
    |<> wrote in message
    |news:...
    |> Support responded with nonsensical answers to this telling how to fix the
    |> internet not being seen.
    |>
    |> Is it possible to install a WRT54G Router on a LAN to simply be an access
    |> point for laptops with wifi to access the ethernet LAN -- when there is no
    |> internet connection around.
    |>
    |> My guess is that I misinterpreted some of the hype for one of it's uses,
    |> bought one on sale, but can't install because it keeps looking for
    |> internet
    |> connection. Maybe somebody has an installation trick to fool it?
    |>
    |> However, I'd like this confirmed by somebody, and lacking an answer to the
    |> same question to Linksys support, thought I'd try here.
    |>
    |> I know I can do it with Apple Airport Extreme base, and have done so, but
    |> that
    |> is much expensive and can't be controlled by any 98SE machines.
     
    , Feb 20, 2005
    #4
  5. Mark Guest

    Search the forums for apllicable terms.
    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > How about some search hints? Nice site, but haven't gotten anywhere yet.
    >
    > On Sat, 19 Feb 2005 22:45:42 -0500, "Mark" <> wrote:
    >
    > |In a word, YES. ;-)
    > |
    > |try here:
    > |www.linksysinfo.org
    > |
    > |
    > |
    > |<> wrote in message
    > |news:...
    > |> Support responded with nonsensical answers to this telling how to fix
    > the
    > |> internet not being seen.
    > |>
    > |> Is it possible to install a WRT54G Router on a LAN to simply be an
    > access
    > |> point for laptops with wifi to access the ethernet LAN -- when there is
    > no
    > |> internet connection around.
    > |>
    > |> My guess is that I misinterpreted some of the hype for one of it's
    > uses,
    > |> bought one on sale, but can't install because it keeps looking for
    > |> internet
    > |> connection. Maybe somebody has an installation trick to fool it?
    > |>
    > |> However, I'd like this confirmed by somebody, and lacking an answer to
    > the
    > |> same question to Linksys support, thought I'd try here.
    > |>
    > |> I know I can do it with Apple Airport Extreme base, and have done so,
    > but
    > |> that
    > |> is much expensive and can't be controlled by any 98SE machines.
    >
     
    Mark, Feb 20, 2005
    #5
  6. Guest

    Configuring requires that it first be installed. It is that first install
    that's the problem, for the installation from the CD will not proceed without
    finding an internet connection.

    On Sat, 19 Feb 2005 23:55:11 -0500, "Jack" <> wrote:

    |Hi
    |
    |You can do it provided you configure the Router to work as an Access Point
    |with a switch.
    |
    |You need to switch off the DHCP and configure the Router"s IP to match your
    |Network IP range.
    |
    |More instructions here, the page was written for another purpose but you can
    |extract the principles: http://www.ezlan.net/router_AP.html
    |
    |Jack (MVP-Networking).
    |
    |
    |
    |
    |
    |"Mark" <> wrote in message
    |news:...
    |> In a word, YES. ;-)
    |>
    |> try here:
    |> www.linksysinfo.org
    |>
    |>
    |>
    |> <> wrote in message
    |> news:...
    |> > Support responded with nonsensical answers to this telling how to fix
    |the
    |> > internet not being seen.
    |> >
    |> > Is it possible to install a WRT54G Router on a LAN to simply be an
    |access
    |> > point for laptops with wifi to access the ethernet LAN -- when there is
    |no
    |> > internet connection around.
    |> >
    |> > My guess is that I misinterpreted some of the hype for one of it's
    |uses,
    |> > bought one on sale, but can't install because it keeps looking for
    |> > internet
    |> > connection. Maybe somebody has an installation trick to fool it?
    |> >
    |> > However, I'd like this confirmed by somebody, and lacking an answer to
    |the
    |> > same question to Linksys support, thought I'd try here.
    |> >
    |> > I know I can do it with Apple Airport Extreme base, and have done so,
    |but
    |> > that
    |> > is much expensive and can't be controlled by any 98SE machines.
    |> >
    |> >
    |>
    |>
    |
     
    , Feb 20, 2005
    #6
  7. Jack Guest

    Hi
    None of the Entry Level Routers need an Internet connection for general
    configuration.

    Beside the Setup CD (which I deem as an evil solution to prevent/save people
    from simple 10min. learning process), each Router has an HTTP access menu.

    While the Router is connected to a computer and the computer is set to Auto
    Obtain IP you start I.E. (aka the browser) and you type in the address bar
    of the Router's Menu IP address (The IP number is in the User Guide and the
    Manual).

    Example of my Router: http://192.168.0.1 I type it to I.E. Bingo I get the
    Router's Menu.

    Jack (MVP-Networking).






    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Configuring requires that it first be installed. It is that first install
    > that's the problem, for the installation from the CD will not proceed

    without
    > finding an internet connection.
    >
    > On Sat, 19 Feb 2005 23:55:11 -0500, "Jack" <> wrote:
    >
    > |Hi
    > |
    > |You can do it provided you configure the Router to work as an Access

    Point
    > |with a switch.
    > |
    > |You need to switch off the DHCP and configure the Router"s IP to match

    your
    > |Network IP range.
    > |
    > |More instructions here, the page was written for another purpose but you

    can
    > |extract the principles: http://www.ezlan.net/router_AP.html
    > |
    > |Jack (MVP-Networking).
    > |
    > |
    > |
    > |
    > |
    > |"Mark" <> wrote in message
    > |news:...
    > |> In a word, YES. ;-)
    > |>
    > |> try here:
    > |> www.linksysinfo.org
    > |>
    > |>
    > |>
    > |> <> wrote in message
    > |> news:...
    > |> > Support responded with nonsensical answers to this telling how to fix
    > |the
    > |> > internet not being seen.
    > |> >
    > |> > Is it possible to install a WRT54G Router on a LAN to simply be an
    > |access
    > |> > point for laptops with wifi to access the ethernet LAN -- when there

    is
    > |no
    > |> > internet connection around.
    > |> >
    > |> > My guess is that I misinterpreted some of the hype for one of it's
    > |uses,
    > |> > bought one on sale, but can't install because it keeps looking for
    > |> > internet
    > |> > connection. Maybe somebody has an installation trick to fool it?
    > |> >
    > |> > However, I'd like this confirmed by somebody, and lacking an answer

    to
    > |the
    > |> > same question to Linksys support, thought I'd try here.
    > |> >
    > |> > I know I can do it with Apple Airport Extreme base, and have done so,
    > |but
    > |> > that
    > |> > is much expensive and can't be controlled by any 98SE machines.
    > |> >
    > |> >
    > |>
    > |>
    > |
    >
     
    Jack, Feb 20, 2005
    #7
  8. Guest

    Thank you very much for responding to the installation problem and teaching me
    something quite useful. Exactly the information I needed.

    Found the manual in PDF form on the CD, and found the password to start with
    so am sure I'm on my way and can configure it off site. The installation CD
    can join my other installation CDs which I try to avoid using also.

    On Sun, 20 Feb 2005 16:01:37 -0500, "Jack" <> wrote:

    |Hi
    |None of the Entry Level Routers need an Internet connection for general
    |configuration.
    |
    |Beside the Setup CD (which I deem as an evil solution to prevent/save people
    |from simple 10min. learning process), each Router has an HTTP access menu.
    |
    |While the Router is connected to a computer and the computer is set to Auto
    |Obtain IP you start I.E. (aka the browser) and you type in the address bar
    |of the Router's Menu IP address (The IP number is in the User Guide and the
    |Manual).
    |
    |Example of my Router: http://192.168.0.1 I type it to I.E. Bingo I get the
    |Router's Menu.
    |
    |Jack (MVP-Networking).
    |
    |
    |<> wrote in message
    |news:...
    |> Configuring requires that it first be installed. It is that first install
    |> that's the problem, for the installation from the CD will not proceed
    |without
    |> finding an internet connection.
    |>
     
    , Feb 20, 2005
    #8
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