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Wireless G Range Expander

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Vamino, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. Vamino

    Vamino Guest

    Hi there,

    I'm relatively new to wireless networking and such, though not new to computers & networking in general.

    I've just bought this range expander (WRE54G) to try and extend the range of my wireless access point by a bit. Primarily for use with an Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and the like. The problem comes in that I can't actually seem to get the connection to go through. The access point itself may be the cause of this, but I'm not sure.

    I'm currently using a Netcomm NB5Plus4W (When I bought it, it was because my old router had broken and I just needed something that day, wireless seemed a nice bonus too though it wasn't a big thing when I actually got it). I've placed the extender within the range of the wireless signal of the netcomm router and both lights on it are blue, but I can't seem to get a connection through it.

    The router's IP is, subnet and in the extender I've set the gateway to, subnet to the same as above and the IP at default (

    I used to auto configure button to begin with (currently have encryption turned off while I'm trying to figure this out) and then changed the gateway to the same as my router as it auto-set it to all 0's.

    I hope someone here can help me.

  2. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    You may have an incompatibility.

    The range expander uses a protocol called WDS, which basically forwards all packets received. A WDS connection is not a simple client connection: the access point has to support and authorize the WDS connection.

    The most secure way is by having each end of the WDS connection know the MAC address of the other end and only allowing that connection.

    Linksys uses a different way, appropriately termed "lazywds". There is no restriction made on establishment of WDS connections. As long as you can send data (ie. you can get through the wireless security), you can set up a WDS connection.

    It may be that your Netcom router doesn't support WDS or lazywds.
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If the Netgear has a Boardcom chipset you may be able to get it two work if you have a WRE54G version 1.0. The one without the Ethernet Port, since there is a firmware upgrad 1.06.05. Here is the change log. If you have a version 2.0, you may be out of luck. The version 3.0 may be available.

    A Division of Cisco Systems Inc.

    Firmware Version History

    11/08/2005 Firmware version 1.06.05

    1.) Broadcom Universal repeater mode supported

    2.) Updated access point and router compatability

    1/12/2005 Firmware Version 1.04.17

    1.) Official Release

    The version 1.0 only worked with a very limited number of access points and routers and with updated firmware on them. The WAP54G, WRT54G and WRT54GS were the only equipment tha Linksys claimed to work with it. But ther were some people who got it to work with other Linksys equipment. WDS is not standardized by the IEEE.

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