multiple access points...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cbwilliams, May 8, 2005.

  1. cbwilliams

    cbwilliams Network Guru Member

    Greetings all!

    I have been a linksys user for a while and just found your site via the PCMag article. I've got a WRT54G version 2 router/access point as well as an older wireless B access point router and also a wireless B access point only.

    I'd like to be able to expand the coverage in my house by setting up a second access point using the wireless B access point only.

    What are the steps I need to do to make this happen?

    Thank you in advance,
  2. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    you didn't specify what type of AP the other AP was and you didn't specify if you're wiring or using wiless to connect the APs together...
  3. cbwilliams

    cbwilliams Network Guru Member

    Both good questions.

    The other access points are both Linksys as well. I'm not sure of the model number of either, but they are both 802.11b, one is just the access point and one is the predecessor to the WRT54G but for the 802.11b protocol (router/access point/hub).

    My preference is to use the second access point-only device. I plan on wiring that to the network.

    I know the SSIDs have to be the same and the channels should be different. I also thought I read somewhere that the WRT54G firmware from Linksys does not support multiple access points out of the box, so I know I need to download and install one of the packages here, but I'm not sure which one.

    Thanks again!
  4. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    ok yeah thats easy to do then, you don't really need to do anything, just turn off the DHCP server on the "slave" ap and set it up on the same ssid wep/wpa, etc you should be able to put it on a different channel or if you put it right where your signal drops off from your "master" AP you should be able to use the same channel without any issues then just wire it LAN port to LAN port betwen the APs and you'll be good (i'm actually doing this myself)
  5. cbwilliams

    cbwilliams Network Guru Member

    do I need to install one of the firmware systems here to make this happen?

    Thanks for the feedback!
  6. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    only if you want to it's not needed ffor what you want, but it does have it's advantages over stock firmware.
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