How to extend your Wireless Network with DD-WRT

I am always frustrated with WiFi. It seems like a black art needing certain spirits and voodoo dolls in place. Anyway, after struggling for a bit, I thought I would document how I extended my Netgear  WNDR3700v2 network hundreds of feet using older Buffalo Routers.

I have a barn about 100 feet away from my house and obviously need Man Cave stuff in there including streaming video and audio. After looking a Cantennas and other Magical tools, I came up with a simple solutions using OpenSource software.

Goto https://www.dd-wrt.com and search for you Wireless Router in their database. In my case, Buffalo WHR-G300N v2.

First of all read the instructions and make sure you understand the flashing process before proceeding. I have and you may BRICK your router to a useless light flasher.

Download the two bin files to your computer. In my case the Buffalo routers already had a “DD-WRT Like” interface, so all I had to do was update using the Buffalo to DD-WRT firmware, followed by the whr-g300nv2-firmware-MULTI.bin

Once you have the firmware installed and router rebooted, follow the below screenshots as a guide.

Setup / Wireless / Security etc.

  • Disable WAN
  • Set you IP info to your local network

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  • Choose “Client Bridge”
  • Match your Wireless SID and security from your First Main Router
  • Add a Virtual Interface and Broadcast you new SID

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  • Set your wireless security to match your main router
  • Secure your Virtual Interface with same or different security.

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  • IMPORTANT Choose Router from the Operating Mode. I futsed with this for an hour
  • Once that is set to Router, your routing will actually work as well as DNS.

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  • Goto Status and Wireless to check your connection to Main Router. You should see MAC Address and Signal.

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  • Sit back and grab a beer!

 

 

 

 

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