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Bridging the distance with WRT54G

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by amosjones, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. amosjones

    amosjones Network Guru Member

    I hope someone can point me in the right direction. I am fairly new to wireless. althought I have been working with computers and networks for quite a while.

    Current Equipment: I have 1 WRT54G and one WRE54G Providing net access and file sharing to 5 wireless clients and 2 wired clients.

    There is one more client that needs net access that is about 500 yards or so away.

    Very little room for extra hardware.
    Last Client is around a corner and back about 15 feet
    NO hard wireing can be done anywhere

    1. is it possible to boost the strength of a WRE54G?
    2. Does a WRT54G have to be hard wired to be in bridge mode or can it serve local clients as well?
    3. What would be the best way to get signal down to the last client

    EDIT: if this has been covered else where please just point me in the right direction
  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    it is covered a bunch of times but heres a wuick rundown

    you need new firmware.
    and if 49-59 bucks is too much to spend then your kinda out of luck

    the firmware will "allow" you to up the Xmit power to around 4 times the legal limit but you wont need to do that much.

    research the laws.
    buy the 7dbi antennas from linksys. they help alot.

    i live in central michigan in the woods and i can get my ap around a 1/4 mile away which is 1320 ft for those non drag racers.
    when i run my power at legal limit.

    also if you plan to increase the power add a fan to cool the unit.

    think about directional antennas also

    the new firmware can specify which antenna is used.

    search for satori (its in the downloads section)

    that should give you what you need to do.

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