How do you connect a wrt54g as a client to a desktop?

by on December 3, 2008

Q: How do you connect a wrt54g as a client router to a desktop, ie. does it have to be wired or can it be wireless?

9 Responses to “How do you connect a wrt54g as a client to a desktop?”
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    The WRT54G is indeed wireless. I recommend that you read the user guide for the WRT54G, which is located at:


    I realize it is wireless ,but when using it as a client I don’t see how it can receive(client)and transmit to connect wirelessly to a computer.I didn’t see anything in the user guide to indicate that a wireless connction could be made with a computer when the wrt54g is being used as a client.


    Hi Larry,

    Please provide more details about what you’re trying to accomplish. In other words, what goal are you trying to achieve by using the router and what other devices are involved?


    Hi Robert,

    I’m trying to extend the range of my network ie. I have tried expanders/extenders/repeaters (whatever you call them)in the past and had poor results.I found some information about third party firmware dd-wrtv24 that could be downloaded to a wrt54g router that would let you use it as a client that could receive wirelessly from another wireless router.I don’t know how it then connects to the computer.Would you have to use ethernet or could it also transmit and connect wirelessly?



    You are correct that the WRT54G’s default firmware does not support wireless repeating/extending/bridging. The dd-wrt project that you mention looks very promising. But of course, using third-party firmware is always somewhat dangerous.

    One reason why you may have gotten poor results with wireless repeaters/extenders/bridges in the past is because of a concept known as wireless channels. Especially if there are lots of wireless devices being used in your neighborhood, selecting the correct channel is essential for the correct functioning of your wireless equipment. Ideally, your wireless network will be at least three channels away from the other wireless networks in your area. An excellent utility for detecting which wireless channels are open in your area can be downloaded from:

    You may also wish to consider upgrading all of your wireless devices to 802.11n. Devices with 802.11n will have greater range and will make better use of wireless channels, but these benefits will be reduced if any 802.11a/b/g devices remain in your wireless network.

    Does any of this new information help?


    I appreciate your thoughts and ideas. I do have 802.11n wireless router,and also 802.11g in the mix. There isn’t much network activity in my neck of the woods,but there are some obstructions that have to be worked around.Right now it looks like a directional antenna is the way to go . I already have one on the sending end so I’ll just put one at the other end. If you have any thoughts as to connecting wirelessly at the receiving end ie. the easiest and cheapest,it would be appreciated .



    In what kind/size building are you using this wireless network? What kind of obstructions do you need to overcome? And what is the current maximum range of your wireless network?

    Although you say there isn’t much wireless network activity in your area, I still strongly recommend that you change to a different wireless channel. Although you might find it useful to run the WiFi tool I mentioned earlier, you may still need to try a few different channels before finding the one that works best.

    To be honest, I’ve never needed to install a directional antenna in any of the wireless networks that I’ve helped to configure. But I do know that directional antennas are often very expensive. If you are good at building things, you may wish to attempt saving money by making your own directional antenna. A guide that can help you to build your own directional antenna for less than US$10 is located at:

    I look forward to receiving your next reply.


    I’m out in the country,getting a signal from about 200′. It is traveling through an outside wall, and 2 inside. My router is a DIR655 connected to a directional antenna (0n the roof) ,but there is a metal carport in the way . There are no other networks in range.There are some trees, but there would be LOS to where I could put up an antenna. I did save the link to the WIFI tool, it looked like something that will come in handy.I’ll take a look at the diy antenna.



    Hi Larry,

    Unless you want to install underground Cat 5 cable, moving your existing directional antenna and/or installing a second directional antenna are your best options. Sorry that I couldn’t be of more help.