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Extend a Linksys WRT54G network via AirPort Express
Authored by: raptorphile on Feb 26, '08 12:28:34PM
Just wanted to say thanks for the great tutorial. I have an iBook G4 1.42GHz with the dreaded Airport card/logic board failure. Of course it happened 3 months out of AppleCare. Anyway, I was looking into an ethernet bridge to keep the iBook alive downstairs by the TV where we use it. I priced the Linksys WET54G bridge, about 89-99 bucks, and it had mixed reviews. Was mainly thinking Linksys because my router is a Linksys WRT54GS V2 (running Tomato firmware) and it seemed like they would talk well. Anyway, this hint made me decide to go with an Airport Express and I'm stoked I did. Setup was seamless, as per your tutorial, and now I have the added benefit of using Air Tunes which I've always wanted.

Just a few things to add...
I followed the directions here, NOT the ones posted on the Tomato site http://www.polarcloud.com/tomatofaq#how_do_i_use_wds

However, I did not use the "$" in front of the WEP Key. For some reason, when I typed in the $, the Airport Admin Utility would automatically default to 40 Hex. Without the $, everything worked great. In Tomato (on the WRT54GS) I had to check "Access Point + WDS", and followed your instructions from there.

Also, I was worried that with my iBook's Airport disabled, I would not be able to configure the Express with it. Actually, when I plugged the Express into my router, my iBook imediately found the Express (in the Admin utility) and I was able to configure everything via ethernet.

Thanks for this and all the other great tips here. GREAT RESOURCE!

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