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best build for wrt 54g v2 repeater bridge client?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by mikkk, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. mikkk

    mikkk Network Newbie Member

    I have been using v24 sp2 8/12/10 mini build 14929 which is ok but I wish to improve through put for streaming video and make the connection between the primary router stronger. Can anyone reccomend a build better than the above?
  2. badassz34

    badassz34 LI Guru Member

    I've been using 12548_NEWD_micro on mine and they seem to work quite well on it. I went with micro because I have a mix of WRT54G V2, V3, and V6 routers and wanted to keep it simple. They work well in Client Bridge mode, but if you're using as a Repeater you'll lose bandwidth regardless of the version of hardware or software you use, as the radio has to "take turns" communicating with wireless clients and the "base station".

    If you need a repeater, I'd advise you use two routers in the remote location; one as Client, the other as Access Point. Set them where the client can get a good signal and cascade them (LAN-to-LAN). Set the remote Access Point on a different channel from the primary router that is getting the internet from your ISP. You should be able to use the same SSID and WPA(2) key on all devices without issue if the primary and client are manually set to a specific channel; having auto channel selection turned on in either the three routers will likely cause complete an utter madness . Make sure that the Client Bridge is set to forward DHCP from the primary, also.

    Honestly though, if you haven't checked into it yet, maybe you should look into Powerline Networking. I use it in my home and it works pretty well, although I initially grumbled a bit about not getting anywhere near the advertised speed with the powerline devices. The truth is, though, that with 200mbps, 500mbps, or the newer AV2 500+ (600mbps) powerline adaptors, even if you only get a fraction of the stated throughput, it's usually more than adequate to support a remote AP running at 802.11G/N, and likely faster than what you get from your ISP. With this setup, you'd just use your second router as an Access Point, forwarding DHCP from the main router. I've done this in a client's home where they had a terrible time getting wifi to the mother-in-law quarters, and it works perfectly.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2014

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