Setting up a WAP54G as a wireless repeater with a WRT54G

This article will guide you on how to set up a WAP54G as a wireless repeater with a WRT54G router.  Before starting the setup, make sure your devices meet the following requirements:

• WRT54G - Firmware must be 2.02.2 or higher
• WAP54G - Firmware must be 2.06 or higher

For instructions on how to upgrade the firmware of WAP54G, click here.  For instructions on how to upgrade the firmware of WRT54G, click here.

NOTE:  This article assumes that you already have the WRT54G configured and you know your wireless settings.

WAP54G Repeater Setup

Step 1:
Connect the WAP54G directly into one of the WRT54G’s numbered ports.

Step 2:
Open a web browser like Internet Explorer.  On the Address bar, enter the IP address of the WAP54G then press [Enter].

NOTE:  The default IP address is

Step 3:
A new window will prompt for a User name and Password.  Enter the User name and password of the WAP54G then click OK.

NOTE:  The default username is blank and password is admin.


Step 4:
On the web-based setup page, just leave the Configuration Type to Static IP Address and enter the same wireless settings that the WRT54G is using, like SSID and Channel then click Save Settings.

NOTE:  To know how to check the wireless settings of your router, click here.

Step 5:
If wireless encryption was enabled on your router, select Enable for the Wireless Security option then click on the Edit Security Settings button.

Enter the same wireless security settings that the router is using then click Save Settings.

NOTE:  In this example, WEP security was used.

Step 6:
Click on the AP Mode sub-tab then select the Wireless Repeater option.  Enter the Wireless LAN Mac Address from the WRT54G then click Save Settings.

You can now place the WAP54G in another nearby location (with its power adapter plugged in) so it can repeat the wireless signal from the WRT54G.

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