We?ll be installing the Sveasoft Alchemy firmware. The Linksys WRT54G is based on GPL?d code which means Linksys had
to release the routers source code when the router was manufactured. Many groups have been modifying this code to
create third-party firmwares with enhanced features like client mode.
Setting this up is pretty easy: First you need to head over to WRT54G.com and
download the firmware. After you unzip the file you can upgrade
the router using the method built into the Linksys firmware. Once that is done you just need to set the SSID of the
?host? router you want to connect to and set the ip address of the ?client? router to one that doesn?t conflict.
Watch the flash tutorial to get all
of the details.
This method works really well if you want to connect your wired network safely to a possibly unfriendly network. If
you just want to extend your own network with a wireless bridge you won?t need the firewall.
Using client mode forces the wireless side of the ?client? to act as a bridge with the ?host?; you will no longer be
able to connect to the ?client? router using your wireless devices. If you want the router to act as a wireless
repeater you can use WDS, which is supported by the Alchemy firmware. You will need a ?host? router that also supports
WDS: another WRT54G, an Apple Airport Express or Extreme will work fine. Apple has an article about
setting up WDS on an Airport.
If you?re looking for a really flexible firmware you can install openWRT by
following HOW-TO: WRT Client Mode over at
hackaday, but that?s only recomended for