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Repeating network from cheap random AP

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by SveinT, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. SveinT

    SveinT LI Guru Member


    I live in an apartment and get free internet from the people upstairs. However, the signal is quite bad at times, especially in the basement where my computer and xbox is. I'm considering buying a Linksys router and putting a firmware like Tomato on it, and my question is: will it be able to repeat the signal from some cheap random brand wireless access point that the people upstairs use? Will I also be able to connect my Xbox (doesn't have wireless capabilites) to the router via cable if I use it as a repeater?
    The encryption they use is WEP, so no WPA support is needed.

  2. googlymoogly

    googlymoogly LI Guru Member

    If your client is having bad reception, most likely your router will too.

    If you're going the "free way" I'd get a cantennae and use that. My buddy pulls in a wireless signal from down the block and just uses that for what little browsing he does.

  3. SveinT

    SveinT LI Guru Member

    Well, the router have two or more antennas so I'd think it would have a bit better reception than my wireless card? Also, I would like to connect the xbox to the net, so cantenna won't do...

    Any other suggestions?

  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    "Repeating" is a big word. Depends on what exactly you intend, as there are several types of "repeating". The most common repeating nowadays is Wireless Distribution System (WDS). For this to work, both the source AP and the repeating AP must be able to speak WDS.

    If you can catch the signal from the source AP with your Linksys WRT54GL, and you can then run UTP cable to all machines you want on the net, you can do that, no matter (or just about no matter) what the source AP is. The WRT in this instance becomes a wireless client (just like your wireless card), and can then supply 4 (or 5) wired machines with connectivity.

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