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Recommend router tomato for WDS

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by zorkmta, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. zorkmta

    zorkmta LI Guru Member

    Hi all, I had main router rt - n66u with tomato, but the house has some wall and there rooms with regular near bad wifi.

    I'm thinking to buy a second router with tomato to extend wifi or any repeater range wireless? Which is better results?

    Any model recommended? Thanks

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  2. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Wired clients would be better to connect to a WET bridge. Less overhead. Better throughput. Can use cheaper/older router.

    If clients must be wireless then WDS works, but the connection is more finicky to set up and to reestablish after power outages and reboots. In general, WDS is most likely to work when using the same hardware & drivers on each node. In other words, most likely to work with another N66 running the same firmware version. Others may work just fine, but it's luck of the draw.

    Alternative is getting high power USB wireless for your clients. TP link has some. Throughput will be better (at least double) what you would see with repeater or WDS wireless clients, and similar to what you would get with WET bridge.
     
  3. zorkmta

    zorkmta LI Guru Member

    Thanks for answering, the other zone of house has very weak signal, and basically use ipad and android. So WET or usb can't be used.

    Used another n66u for wds is a little wasted and too expensive. I was thinking some e3200 or e2500 or Another model, it's hard to choose some with wide range can extender the signal.

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  4. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    I'd suggest getting a second router and use it as a general wireless AP for the "far end" of the house, and connect the AP to your primary gateway/router using PowerLine adapters (not sure if they're available in your country or not) or run some Ethernet (probably not an option, hence why I mention the PowerLine stuff). The network connection between the two routers will be significantly more reliable than any kind of wireless bridge or connection. Just my $0.02.
     
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  5. zorkmta

    zorkmta LI Guru Member


    Understand and it's a great option with powerline, I have been searching a lot. In case of powerline with second router, can se second router has the same Ssid, some pass, channels of first router? Will all devices automatically know to get better signal?


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  6. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Different channel, different IP address, same SSID, same security type, same password. Connect the two routers from LAN port to LAN port. Devices will be able to roam between them, in theory, but many devices stick with the first AP they see and don't like to roam. Some devices allow you to set the propensity to roam.
     

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