Connection Drops

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by ft_lament, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. ft_lament

    ft_lament Guest

    Pulling my hair out. Live in a cottage on a farm complex in South of France (ok the good parts over !). Now for the sadness. Since FT would not run a line I had to piggy back of off landlord's office which is some 60-70 meters away. Bought a Linksys WAG54G and built a small wireless network in his office. Ok. However the cottage is too far so I purchased a WRE54 to act as relay. After noodling and trying to get WEP to work - I gave up and have had to settle for a wide open insecure network (which I do not like - but given that or zero - I'll take it I guess).
    I have two clients:
    IBM Thinkpad and Apple iBook G4. Most of the cottage work is done with the iBook.
    Both the iBook and the TP work just fine in the office - for hours and hours - when they source their IP's (Dynamic DHCP) from the router itself. My problem is that when I set this up using the range extender - it is hit or miss and the IP drops and I end up with the dreaded 169.x.x.x.

    There seems to be no rhym or reason for this. The AP has the two blue lights so it is good from a MAC layer perspective and the widgets I have on the iBook strong layer II connectivity - so it is almost surely an IP issue. Sometimes (rarely) I can reboot the AP and reconnect and get an IP 192.x.x.x that works. Almost always however, I have to go back to the office and reboot the router and have the ROUTER clear it's RAM and go get another address from FT and then assign out 192 addresses again. A pain since I am leaving soon for business trip and my wife is non technical.

    I though about static DHCP from the Linksys and have read about other firmware issues here. Does anyone have a suggestion based on what I have laid out here ?
    Many thanks :)
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