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Need help deciding if I should extend router range/signal

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Jedis, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Jedis

    Jedis LI Guru Member


    I am using a WRT54G connected to my modem. It is located in our basement.

    I have another router running in wireless client mode that is connected to my Xbox 360 in the upstairs living room. I have 2 more routers available sitting here collecting dust that I could, somehow, put into the mix.

    I need help deciding if this is something I need, extending my network range/signal. Would I get any benefit from it? My Netflix videos do cut out for a few seconds each time per movie, but that could be a bandwidth issue.

    Here are the stats:
    Name		RSSI    	Quality
    xps		-42 dBm		57
    blue		-50 dBm		49
    gamer		-54 dBm		45
    xbox-router	-65 dBm		34
    Also, if I would benefit from doing this, would I configure them using WDS? Any hints on doing that?

    Thanks so much for any assistance!
  2. Dagger

    Dagger Networkin' Nut Member

    WDS is a way of using one radio as both a client and an AP... it will cut your speed in half.

    All of your RSSI's are decent... with the xbox-router being near the low end, and the xps being almost too high.

    It would be ideal if you could use a cable to connect the basement router to the upstairs router. Don't use the WAN port on the upstairs router, just use it as an AP/Switch.
  3. Jedis

    Jedis LI Guru Member

    Unfortunately, connecting the xbox-router via a cable isn't possible.

    The router is one room away from the xps laptop, hence the higher signal.

    So, what you're saying is, I wouldn't benefit from setting up more routers to strengthen the signal?

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