Extending a WAP54g With a WET54g Bridge

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by guillermo, May 25, 2005.

  1. guillermo

    guillermo Network Guru Member

    I am looking to bring a broadband net connection, wirelessly, into a house from an adjacent office. I plan to use a WAP54G connected to my router and a WET54G bridge in the house connected via CAT5 to the computer.

    I chose the WET54g bridge apposed to another WAP (in repeater mode) because the computer in the house has no wireless card and the WET54g allows a CAT5 connection to one computer.

    I know this will give my computer access to the wireless network, but I'm trying to verify that other wireless devices within range of the bridge will have access as well (much like a repeater). Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
  2. guillermo

    guillermo Network Guru Member

    Well... For anyone interested. I discovered that the bridge does not re-transmit, or act like a repeater. So that crap on the box about connecting two networks across a warehouse that would otherwise be out of range, is rather misleading.

    I struggled with determining the difference between a simple USB wireless adapter like the WUSB54G and the Bridge (WET54G).

    Appearently, the advantage to the bridge is it will connect to a hub or switch and let every device on that wired network have access to the wireless network.
  3. almond_23

    almond_23 Network Guru Member

    For anyone interested, the WET54g does not really act like a repeater but rather, like a big wireless network adapter. For instance, if you have 3 computers that doesn't have a wireless adapter on each of 'em, you can connect this bridge to a switch then connect the computers so that the briidge will act like a wireless adapter for the 3 computers.

    With regards to the repeater mode of the WAP54g, try to hook up the the WAP54g to the WET54g with an ethernet cable. Configure WET54g as the one connecting to your router's ssid, and the WAP54g set to repeater mode as it will re-transmit or repeat the signals to your computers...worked for me..:)
  4. SimonMackay

    SimonMackay Network Guru Member

    This same bridge simply works as a "driverless" wireless network adaptor for your Ethernet-based devices.

    On this forum, I have raised the issue of it being used as an "extension antenna" for a laptop computer where the built-in wireless-network interface or a PCMCIA wireless network adaptor simply doesn't "cut the mustard" for performance. One user mentioned of it being used in an RV (caravan / trailer / campervan / motorhome) to "pull in" a better signal from a wireless hotspot provided for RV park (caravan park) guests, especially if the RV is on the periphery of the RV park. These are often used with high-gain antennas for this purpose and could work with Power-Over-Eternet when used with a 802.3af-compliant PoE kit (power injector / active splitter) that uses an active splitter that yields the appropriate voltage for the device.

    If you want to wirelessly repeat a wireless-network signal from your Linksys AP or router, you should use the WRE-54G range extender or another WAP-54G set up as a Wireless Repeater.

    With regards,

    Simon Mackay
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