iMac Airport to Linksys challenge

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kper99, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. kper99 macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2009
    Ok, here's what I have:

    An iMac 2009 sporting a built in Airport Extreme card, connected to a DSL modem via Ethernet and using PPPoE. Note that I am unable to use Airport Utility as the Airport Extreme is not a base station. The iMac Airport (wireless network) is configured to share my internet connection from the DSL modem (ethernet).

    I have a TV and DVD player which have ethernet ports are far enough away from the DSL modem as to make a wired router/switch impractical.

    I also am the proud owner of a Linksys WRT54G v2.0 wireless router which I've flashed with the dd-wrt vintage mini software.

    I want to connect the WRT54G router, wirelessly, to the iMac Airport signal. I then want to transmit this internet connection, through the wired router ports on the WRT54G, to the TV and DVD player. I believe this what is meant by Bridging/Repeater mode.

    Again, here is a graphic of what I'd like to accomplish:

    DSL Modem--->(Ethernet/PPPoE)--->iMac---->(wireless via Airport)--->WRT54G--->(Ethernet)--->TV/DVD

    There is extremely limited documentation which I can find on this subject, as everything Airport Extreme assumes you are using the airport base station and Airport Utility. As you can tell I am a novice so please provide a basic step by step if you are familiar.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    I don't think you can. I called D-Link with a similar question, only to be informed that only two of their most expensive consumer routers will let you use a wireless WAN connection.
  3. kper99 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2009
    I believe Linksys firmware, at least for version 2.0, is similar to your d-link. That is why I installed the dd-wrt firmware on the router. This adds additional options, such as bridging/repeating. The problem is I don't know how to configure it and the iMac Airport to talk to eachother. I am using TCP/IP and configure DHCP automatically in the iMac airport. I obviously can't expect it to automatically figure itself out at this point (that requires at least another $220). Thanks,

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