Multiple wrt54g for large space connected by Cat5

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by sud0n1m, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. sud0n1m

    sud0n1m Network Guru Member

    Hi, I hope someone can help me. I'm trying to network a really large house and will be using 6 wrt54g routers for wireless. The good thing is that the house is wired with cat5. What Im wondering is how to do the handoff between routers so that the user doesnt have to select another router manually and how to make sure the routers signals dont cause interference with each other. Can someone give me advice? I've attached the network topography (reduced to 3, but essentially the same thing).

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  2. silentaccord

    silentaccord Network Guru Member

    Since you have an existing router, you should use the WRTs as access points only and not have them perform any routing. To do this, go into each router's setup, assign it a unique IP address on your subnet, and disable the DHCP server. After you've done this, you can connect one of the 4 LAN ports on each WRT to your wired network. See this post for more thorough instructions on the access point setup:

    For the wireless configuration, use the same network name (SSID) and security settings on each WRT. This will allow wireless clients to seamlessly move between access points. To prevent interference, use different wireless channels. If you're in the US, the available channels are 1-11 but only three of these (1, 6, and 11) can be used without any overlap. Since you have 6 access points, you'll have to use some or all of these 3 channels on more than one access point. Arrange your access points and select your channels so that access points that share the same channel are as far apart as possible to minimize interference.
  3. sud0n1m

    sud0n1m Network Guru Member

    Awesome response! Thanks for the help. I knew there was some overlap, but wasn't sure what channels I would be clear on.
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