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WAP54G as a wireless booster

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by adrian.rodaway@btinternet, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. I have recently moved home and, of necessity, changed from a fully wired network to a wireless configuration. The kit is provided by my firm, so I have no choice in what hardware I use. I am a NOVICE!

    I have ZyXEL wireless router which receives the broadband signal, gives out IP addresses and sends the wireless signal through much of our house to ZyXEL USB wireless dongles plugged into each machine. These seem to work reasonably well.

    Because the signal is very weak (old house, thick walls!) I now have a WAP54G to configure as a "repeater" (is that the right terminology?). It will not be wired to the ZyXEL router. I presume that one sets WAP54G this up so that it does not broadcast IP addresses, uses the same SSID and same channel, but when I do this it seems to jam the whole system. Have I done something wrong, or missed the obvious?

    Can someone lead me through this step by step?


  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WAP54G can be set into repeater mode by going to the AP mode and setting it as a repeater with the MAC address of the router's WAN port. The WAP54G was only designed to work with another WAP54G or WRT54G. WDS was never standardized so using your WAP54G as a repeater with your router may not work at all. I always set it, in bridge mode and copied the MAC address of my old and dead WRT54G and then set it in repeater mode. All of this equipment has long since been retired. You can try to mount your wirless router higher to get more range. I use a WRT320N and a WRT54GX4 as access points only connected to a Westel 327W with the radio turned off.

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