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Increased coverage with multiple WRT

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by xpanmanx, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. xpanmanx

    xpanmanx Network Guru Member


    I want to increase wireless coverage by placing multiple WRTs throughout my facility.

    I have several WRT-54GS v5 at my disposal. All of them are running DD-WRT v23 SP1 Micro. They are simple wireless gateways, on the same subnet as the clients. Encryption is WPA2 Pre-shared Key Mixed, TKIP+AES. The SSIDs are hidden.

    The clients are a mix of Compaq and Dell notebooks, with multiple versions of Intel and Broadcom wireless NICs.

    At this time the routers are running different SSIDs and keys on different channels because I don't want to confuse things things before I know what I'm doing.

    Is there an article or a tutorial that will help me to understand how to configure my wireless routers for this application?

    Thank you!

    Tim ==
  2. RTSAnime

    RTSAnime Network Guru Member

    If you already have them acting as wireless gateways then you are basically all set. Just set them all to the same SSIDs and your client notebooks should take care of the roaming.
  3. xpanmanx

    xpanmanx Network Guru Member

    Thank you. So the notebooks will associate and re-associate themselves with the AP that's giving the strongest signal?

    Am I correct that I will have no problems with DHCP?

    And forgive my networking ignorance, but will anything funky happen with ARP tables as the clients move from AP to AP?

    Thank you so much,

    Tim ==
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    with roamin you should make sure each wireles router is using a different channel to stop interference.

    Channels 1, 6, 11 are best. Use these in this combination and make sure that no two routers are overlapping each other with the same channel frequency.

    obviously a router with ch1 and one with ch6 or ch11 can have wireless cells that overlap.

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