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Do you need two routers with WDS to - Repetitor?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by alanfiske, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. alanfiske

    alanfiske LI Guru Member

    Hi.

    I have a problem.I need to expand my wireless network but I own a WRT54G v5router with no WDS support so I was wondering, if I buy a new router with WDS support can I connect the old one and use it as repetitor. Have someone succsesfuly connected WRT54G V5 with some other repetitor.

    thank you!
     
  2. sirsquishy

    sirsquishy LI Guru Member

    Why do you want to use WDS? what kind of Area coverage are you looking to do here?
     
  3. alanfiske

    alanfiske LI Guru Member

    I have a house of three stores(level), all the house has a good coverage but I need to extend the wireless to another two apartments. Its not a big area but there are a lot of walls in between.
     
  4. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    You do understand that WDS will cut you bandwidth in half. If you have a 6MB connection, the link to the second router will be 3MB. If you add a third it will be 1.5MB. Utilizing a bridge might be the way to go or invest in a range expander. I have a WRT54GL v1.1 as an AP and a WRT54G v3.0 setup as Client Bridge. Both loaded with DD-WRT v23 SP2 standard. Works fantastic for what I needed.
     
  5. sirsquishy

    sirsquishy LI Guru Member

    Best thing to do...

    Get 30Ft of high density Wireless Cable and run it to the Top floor of your house, get a Canister Antennae replacement and that will boost your signal to where you need it.


    If you have 2 antenna's you can get 2 30ft cables and run them in opposite directions of each other, and make sure you turn off Load balancing on your Router for the Wireless or you will get dropped signals. This would be the best coverage for a SOHO device with out the 1,000's of bucks you would spend otherwise.
     
  6. alanfiske

    alanfiske LI Guru Member

    I thought that the bridge or repetitor was the same thing. Ok in that case I need a bridge, so I dont need a router with WDS support. The antena is not good in my case because I dont wont to pull any cabels thats why I bought a wireless router. There is one question if I use a bridge, it must be connected by wire to the router or I dont need any cable?
     
  7. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

  8. alanfiske

    alanfiske LI Guru Member

    So I just bought another WRT54GL but this time is GL my first one is V5. There is one question, can I make the new one as a bridge with the factory default firmware? I saw there is an option in advanced routing tab is this it or I need another firmware to it? Does the DD-WRT support bridge mode?
     
  9. alanfiske

    alanfiske LI Guru Member

    So I found out that the DD-wrt support bridge mode but whats with that option in the original firmware "advanced routing"? Can I do some kind of bridge with that?
     
  10. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    You cant make a Client Bridge with Linksys firmware. You can use it for the AP tho.
     
  11. alanfiske

    alanfiske LI Guru Member

    I succsesfuly connected the bridge. I flashed the GL with DD-wrt. But Im still wondering if there is possible to connect everything with wireless(I mean to connect the second router (acting as "client bridge") and the client without the wire). How to connect the final client to the bridge router without cable and without using any additional router acting as AP? What is the difference between "client" and "client bridge" mode in the DD-WRT setup?

    Thank you!
     

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