Implementing Inexpensive Multiple SSID Networks: Part II

By Eric Geier

December 04, 2007

Step-by-step instruction on how to set up multiple SSIDs using DD-WRT and your basic home router.

In the first part of this tutorial series, we discussed the two different multiple or virtual SSID methods. We also touched on the availability of these features in off-the-shelf APs from popular hardware manufactures. We concluded by discussing the installation of DD-WRT, a firmware replacement for many popular wireless routers, which now embraces the multiple SSID feature.


Now, we’ll step you through exactly how to set up multiple SSIDs with DD-WRT.


Logging into your DD-WRT router


After successfully flashing your router with the DD-WRT firmware, you can log on to the DD-WRT Web-based configuration screen by following these steps:


  1. Bring up your Web browser.
  2. Type the IP address of your router into the browser. (By default, DD-WRT uses
  3. After you click on a page/section of the DD-WRT configuration utility, you’ll be prompted to enter the (default) login credentials:

·        Username: root

·        Password: admin


Now you can configure your router for your particular needs. Feel free to set up your main SSID, labeled as Physical Interface wl0 on the Wireless page, as you would like, but you should leave the network configuration as “Bridged.”


You can also configure your Internet connection, wireless, and other generic settings. These should be similar to what you did with your original router. Once you’re ready, you can configure the additional SSIDs by moving to the next section.


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