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Broadcom Repeater (brcm-2.4 only)

Applicable: Kamikaze, Backfire, Broadcom.

Tested: Linksys WRT54GL v1.1, Kamikaze 7.09, Kamikaze 8.09/8.09.1/8.09.2, Backfire 10.03. Platform brcm-2.4

DOES NOT WORK: Kamikaze 8.09/8.09.1/8.09.2. Either brcm47xx

Kamikaze and Backfire can be configured as a wireless repeater in AP+STA mode. In this setup a wireless network replaces the WAN as the Internet source and a new SSID directs connections to the Linksys.

The configuration files here connect the Linksys to an unsecured wireless access point (in my case, attached to the cable modem) and creates a new unsecured network called OpenWrt. In the real world you will be using encryption; change your encryption type to wep, psk, or psk2 and insert the correct passphrases/keys, using the commented examples.

Just edit the following two files and reboot!


config wifi-device wl0 option type broadcom option channel 5 # disable radio to prevent an open ap after reflashing: option disabled 0 config wifi-iface option device wl0 option network lan option mode ap option ssid OpenWrt option encryption none # option encryption wep # option encryption psk # option encryption psk2 # option key 'passphrase' config wifi-iface option device wl0 option network wan option mode sta option ssid 'Host SSID' option encryption none # option encryption wep # option encryption psk # option encryption psk2 # option key 'passphrase'


config switch eth0 option vlan0 "1 2 3 4 5*" option vlan1 "0 5" config interface loopback option ifname "lo" option proto static option ipaddr option netmask config interface lan option type bridge option ifname 'eth0.0' option proto 'static' option ipaddr '' option netmask '' option gateway '' option dns '' config interface wan option proto 'dhcp'


  • The secondary wireless network MUST be on a different address range than the host network. If this isn't what you want, you may want to research 'wireless repeater bridge', but I haven't tried it.
  • To make sure your setup is working, run `ifconfig' to see if wl0 has an IP address from the upstream router, and `iwconfig' to see if the Linksys is associated to the upsteam router.
  • If you run `brctl show' you will see that eth0.0 and wl0.1 are bridged.
  • This configuration is apparently BROKEN on Kamikaze 8.09, 8.09.1, and 8.09.2. It WORKS with Kamikaze 7.09 and Backfire 10.03.
  • The "magic" comes from the fact that the Broadcom chip really has two wifi interfaces that can be configured to work independently: one as an AP and the other as a STAtion. This functionality is only possible with the brcm-2.4 series firmware that includes Broadcom's wl driver, not with the brcm-47xx series firmware that includes b43.
doc/recipes/broadcom.repeater.txt · Last modified: 2015/05/31 14:04 by jow