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WAG354G - Boosting my wifi range

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by nik3k, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. nik3k

    nik3k LI Guru Member

    I would like to extend the range of my wireless network at home. Currently I have a WAG354G adsl modem. Would I be able to use a WRT54GL (running Tomato or DD-WRT) to do this by plugging it in to an Ethernet port? How would I go about setting it up of both devices and making sure the wireless device picked the one with the best signal?
  2. nik3k

    nik3k LI Guru Member

  3. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

    Il you plug the WAG to the WRT, you can have 2 wireless signals (2 different channels and SSID) in order to chose the best one from your PC client...

    You only have to be careful with routing :
    1. Plugging to one of the WRT LAN ports requires the same network range (only the WAG is routing)...
    2. Plugging to the WRT WAN part requires 2 separate network ranges (192.168.1 and 192.168.0 for example)...
  4. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    The 802.11 standard will allow you to plug in the wag via lan port to the other ap via lan port and the software running on the client will automatically choose which ever one is best. That is the way it was designed to work. Remember you can only have one dhcp server per subnet unless you want problems.

    Make sure you use lan ports on each router though.

    I recommend setting same ssid and possibly a different channel and then just let the client decide which one he likes better.
  5. nik3k

    nik3k LI Guru Member

    Excellent, thanks for the info. Will it still work if I dont plug it directly into the WAG but via another switch? EG: WAG ------> Switch ----> WRT (the arrows being network cables)?
  6. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

    Yes !
    The advantage of 2 different SSID is to check on the PC client where you are connected to...
  7. nik3k

    nik3k LI Guru Member

    Thanks for your help
  8. nik3k

    nik3k LI Guru Member

    One more question: If the WAG is the one being used as the DCHP server, will my other computers plugged into the WRT via Ethernet or wifi be able to be controlled by the QoS part of tomato?

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