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Network setup (WDS) Need guidance.

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by milhousse, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. milhousse

    milhousse Guest

    Hope this is in the right area...

    I want to setup my network a little differently in the house but I dont know what will work hardware wise and I am wondering if someone could give me a little information. And would like to do this spending the least amount of money possible.

    Here is what I have:

    Cable modem going to DI-524 router (does not support WDS). Attached directly is a computer and an xbox.
    Wirelessly off that I have 5 laptops (3 macs, 2 pcs), 1 desktop (USB adapter) and Airport Extreme for streaming music.

    I want to have the second xbox upstairs wireless just as a media center, and probably the cheapest way is to use a WDS compliant router

    Here is what I have for HARDWARE right now:
    1. DI-524 (does not support WDS)
    2. Linksys 802.11b 4 port router (pretty much useless, does not support WDS)
    3. Airport Extreme (I THINK it supports WDS, but does the main router also need to as well?)
    4. I can pick up a Linksys WRT54GC (compact one) for $30
    5. I can pick up a Linksys 802.11g (WRT) for $54 (and that support WDS for sure)

    I can't figure out what the best way to do this is. I would still like to have the Airport Extreme just streaming music because it is in another room with only a stereo. The Dlink isnt all that great - wireless range sucks, so I am easily willing to scrap that.
    Can I use 2 of the compact linksys routers (one as the main, the other as the client for the xbox) or do those not support WDS??

    Another problem is that the main router is in the basement (needs to be), and the signal upstairs where the second xbox will be is strong, but SLOW.
    As well, another option that I am willing to undertake is having one network for the computer downstairs, the wired xbox, and the wireless PC's, and another just for music and the xbox upstairs.

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