Hello to everyone! In my search for information, I ran across this forum and it seems like a very good place to ask my question I have a fair amount of experience with ordinary home networking, but I have a little learning to do when it comes to extended wireless networks. I am about to purchase a Linksys WRT54GL Router. I assume that it is virtually identical to the WRT54G v1 thru v4 (except for a little extra memory) as far as using third party firmware. My eventual goal is to start a community-wide peer-to-peer network which will connect a number of the homes of local amateur radio operators. This network will not likely include internet access (unless someone is silly enough to provide free access). It may be used as part of an emergency communications network and may involve such things as web pages, forum and file sharing software, VPN's, and maybe even an email server. My immediate concern is how best to connect these nodes? External antenna's will certainly be required and those shouldn't be a problem. I have read that WDS will cause severe bandwidth issues after only a few hops. Should I be using repeaters, bridges, or some other method? What about the possibility of dynamic routing for redundant paths? What happens as additional nodes spring up? I am sure I will have more questions but I will wait for some initial direction first. The hope is to keep the costs as low as possible to allow more to participate. Each location should be as independant as possible. Thanks in advance for any and all replies.