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WAP54G repeating limitations

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by anthonyau, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. anthonyau

    anthonyau Network Guru Member

    Can someone please explain what the limitation is as far as repeating between vendors is?

    Is it a Hardware limitation or software?

  2. wncpc

    wncpc Network Guru Member

    Vendors shouldnt matter. The IEEE standards are what matters, but the product software between vendors might be tricky to translate, they use different terms and stuff. just because they tell you that you can only connect to one of their other products doesnt necesarily mean that you cant connect to other vendors. i think thats just a marketing tool.
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    There is no standard for repeating of signals or for WDS among manufacturers. The IEEE, I understand has guidelines, but no standard. So each equipment maker is free to implement it any way they want. I tried a repeater from Buffalo with Linksys equipment it did not work, even, while Buffalo and Linksys uses some of same hardware. So it is a gamble, if you can return the equipment, you can experiment. With repeating you lose half the bandwidth, since there is only one radio on custumer grade equiptment and the repeater must recieve and send the packets. The packets have the MAC Address of the repeater. It can be both a hardware limitation and a software limitation. Actually the Linksys repeater only works with a subset of Linksys equipment.
  4. anthonyau

    anthonyau Network Guru Member

    Ok thanks guys.

    So with that I figure I would be asking a bit too much that someone would have established a table of compatabilities.

    Or if anyone would know if Cisco being the parent company would use the same standard as Linksys???
  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Maybe Toxic can make this a sticky. The WAP54G works with the WAP54G firmware 2.06 and above, WRT54G firmware verion 2.02.6 and above and the WRT54GS with 2.07.1 and above. It is reported that it works with the WAG54G with the latest firmware version.

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