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Setting up a wifi repeater?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by lencuff, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. lencuff

    lencuff LI Guru Member

    I need to extend the range of my wifi network and have a spare WRT54GS, same as my main wifi router. I've tried WDS with no success at all(!) so does anyone know a link to set up the second router as an AP?
  2. Noelbou

    Noelbou LI Guru Member

    Hello !

    You did not say the firmware you are using ... but it is very easy to do in
    OpenWRT ...
    Just add each other router WLAN (Not LAN) MAC address to the WDS list ...
    From the GUI Network / Advanced Wireless / WDS Connections.
    On the GS the WLAN interface is eth1

    ifconfig eth1 to get the MAC address

    Do not use "Lazy WDS" (set the other router WLAN MAC on each) and use encription ...

  3. lencuff

    lencuff LI Guru Member

    Sadly I've tried all that many times and it just won't work! Followed the instructions to the letter but no joy so I was hoping to just use the 2nd router to boost the wifi range. Presumably I need to set it up as a repeater?

    Both running DD-WRT BTW
  4. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    In DD-WRT, WDS, use LAN. Put the wireless MAC of each radio into the other and manually set both radios to the same RF channel. If it does not work, you are fat-fingering the MAC address entry, you are out of range or you are trying to use an incompatible encryption method. It is very simple and works very well. I have no fewer than 35 WDS links in varios installs using this setup. (I use no encryption).

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