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Signal Strength Control in WAP54G

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by guenni16, May 25, 2005.

  1. guenni16

    guenni16 Network Guru Member

    Hi!

    I'm using a WAP54G in RepeaterMode to enhance my WLAN. To select the right place for this repeater I need to know the signalstrength at this place. The best solution (in my opinion) is to control the signalstrength via webinterface, because it depends of the direction of the antennes.

    The newest linksys-firmware doesn't support this control. Any other firmwares do?

    Thx,
    Guenni
     
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    HyoerWAP, Mustdie and Sveasofts Freya have power controls, but do not over do it, since as you increase power, you increase noise levels and may interfere with nearby wireless networks.
     
  3. guenni16

    guenni16 Network Guru Member

    Hi!

    Please do not misunderstand.

    I don't want to increase or decrese my transmit-power. I just want to read (with the webinterface) the receiving-signal-strength, because I want to locate a good place for the repeater.

    Thx
    Guenni
     
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If you want to read the receiving signal strength your your computer at your computer from the WAP54G use Netstumbler, which is available at www.netstumbler.com. If you want to read the signal strength at the site of where you are placing the WAP54G in repeater mode, do not place it repeater mode, but connect the WAP54G to your computer through a wired connection and from the first web screen from the web based utility, select AP Mode on the menu bar and select Access Point Client and click the Site Survey. The site survey will give you the signal strengh in percent for all access points you can connect to. You can play with the orientation of the antennas to increase signal strength. To increase coverage place the WAP54G as high as possible, this is also true of access point placement. Better antennas will also help with signal strength. Remember a repeater will cut your bandwidth in half, since there is only one radio in consumer repeaters and in the WAP54G and it must receive and re-transmit the signal.
     

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