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Home setup - Please help

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by mfer, May 13, 2005.

  1. mfer

    mfer Network Guru Member

    I've read a lot of posts here but I'm a newbie so please excuse me. Here's my setup.

    Downstairs: Cable Modem - WRT54G - DLink1000AP (Backup wireless) - and multiple printers, computers.

    Upstairs: Laptop - PS2

    I get a low signal upstairs and would like the best option to increase signal strength for my laptop and provide wireless for my PS2. I see a lot about WDS and bridging 2 WRT54Gs. But I also read about 1/2 the speed. That just means if I connect at 54 megs I would only be getting 27 megs over the wireless LAN, right? Does WDS only work with 3rd party firmware, and if so what would you suggest for the best/stable firmware for 2-WRT54Gs? What's the best way to upload the firmware so I don't brick my WRT, through the web interface?

    thanks
     
  2. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    Well, you never get the full theoretical speed, so you're not getting 54Mbps right now. Anyway, there are a couple things you could try. Probably the easiest is getting a 3rd party firmware and boosting the power to the antennas. However, I've heard that the newer WRT54G's will be bricked if you're not careful about flashing them to a 3rd party firmware (maybe because of size limitations?). I'm sure someone else knows exactly what's going on with that. Anyway, if increasing the power to the antennas doesn't work, you could also try using high-gain antennas which should help increase your range. The other option is WDS, which worked well for me with the Sveasoft Satori firmware. I haven't tried it since then, however.

    EDIT: Wow, this forum replaces the 's' in sveasoft with a '$' for you... lol :lol:
     
  3. mfer

    mfer Network Guru Member

    The antennas would help with the signal but that wouldn't solve the wireless connection for the PS2. Is WDS as easy to setup as I have read? What are the cons to setting up WDS? Is there a step by step newbie guide, from firmware install up to WRT settings? I would really like to try this.
     
  4. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    wds it easy but there are a lot of steps. if you di decide to go with 3rd party firmware go with dd-wrt pre . it is safe.

    i say go with 3rd party firmware and antennas. they helped me alot. u have 2 floors to cover i have 4 floors in my house to cover. and on most of the floors i get a good signal.

    and if the antennas+3rd party firmware does not work then go with wds
     
  5. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    How do you know it won't solve the PS2 problem??? Higher-gain antennas combined with more output on the router will help all devices connect to it without any modifications to them.
     
  6. mfer

    mfer Network Guru Member

    I need to connect my PS2 to the internet how would I do that without a wired connection upstairs? That's why I wanted to put a second device upstairs. Or is there something else I can do? thanks
     

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