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Using WRT54G as a Repeater

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by cwagoner, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. cwagoner

    cwagoner Guest

    I have a WRT54GX2 router and a PC at the limits of the range (few trees in-between as well) with a Linksys SRX400 wireless card. I have an old WRT54G router with the latest Linksys firmware update and the upgraded antennae.

    Is it possible to use the WRT54G router (as a stand-alone unit) to extend the signal strength of my WRT54GX2 router? (I have little networking knowledge, so be gentle.)

    I only have 1 competing network in the area. My biggest problem is distance and trees.

    If necessary, I will go with the Linksys repeater, but would like to try to use the WRT54G as it is only 1 yr old and was very reliable.

    Thanks for any help you may have.

    PS I am willing to upgrade to other firmware for the WRT54G if necessary to complete the task.
  2. JohnnyPrimus

    JohnnyPrimus LI Guru Member

    Yes. Provided you have updated firmware in both machines, you could use WDS and bump up the tx power on each box. Directional antennas will help even more.

    WDS isn't the only option either, you may see increased speed with client mode. The beta v24 builds of DD-WRT also have a 'Repeater' mode. You'd need to ask about that in the DD-WRT forums as I am unfamiliar with it.

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