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Wireless repeater bridge

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jmatze, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. jmatze

    jmatze Addicted to LI Member

    I am having trouble with my wireless repeater bridge. I have two Linkys routers, I set them up and they worked as it was supposed to, then suddenly the second router stopped connecting to the internet. I changed nothing in the settings. Litterally worked for an hour and then stopped. What could be my issue?
     
  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    First try reseting to defaults and configuring them again. As extreme as it sounds it can help. What firmware version are you using and what model of hardware is it?
     
  3. jmatze

    jmatze Addicted to LI Member

    I am using DD-WRTv24 on a Lyksys WRT54G
     
  4. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I've experienced issue like that and resetting to defaults (30 second reset) cures it. I'm not aware of the root cause however.
     
  5. jmatze

    jmatze Addicted to LI Member

    I have tried resetting, with now luck. I have run through the set up procedure at least 20 times, suddenly it worked, it ran all day, I moved unplugged and moved the router and boob it quit. What seems really odd, the times that it has worked, the cisco systems logo has been lit up orange. when it doesn't work it's dark. Whats that all about?
     
  6. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    By default I don't think dd-wrt uses the Cisco LED so I can't explain that. So we have to look at other things to see what's up. Are both AP's using the same wireless channel? Is the channel your running them on competing with a lot of other wireless devices? WDS or any other wireless bridge performs best when on its own wireless channel.
     
  7. jmatze

    jmatze Addicted to LI Member

    They are running the same channel, I've even tried changing the channel, just incase there was interfierence with the neighbors router.
     
  8. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Okay then. Have you power cycled both routers, first your primary then your secondary? I've experienced it myself where I needed to power cycle both APs to get them to synch again. This all seems pretty stupid if the wireless link can't remain stable so I wonder if there is something else we can start looking at. Do you have remote logging enabled where you can collect the logs to see if there is anything else?
     
  9. jmatze

    jmatze Addicted to LI Member

    I have cylcled the power for each of them several times, although I can't be certain in that order. Would it make a difference if my routers are not the same model. My primary is a Linksys with speed boost (a little black thing) it's running the standard factory firmware.
     
  10. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    The same model shouldn't matter but you could try a WDS link if they were both running dd-wrt
     
  11. jmatze

    jmatze Addicted to LI Member

    at this point I don't know that I want change the firmware on my new router, maybe I shouldn't be concerned but I'm just a little frustrated right now and don't want to take any chances screwing up the primary router. I just feel there has to be something I'm missing. My primary router gave me a little trouble setting up originally, it came with a set up disk and network magic. I tried to set it up manually as I did with my old router and it wouldn't connect to the net. I let the software (set up wizard) set it up for me and everything worked fine. Do you think there could be someting in that causing a problem.
     
  12. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Honestly anything is possible but the setup disk is not likely the problem. Can I ask that you recap you setup?

    • Primary router hardware and firmware versions
    • Client AP hardware and firmware versions
    • What wireless mode are you trying to use on the client? i.e. AP mode, Client mode, Client Bridged mode or Ad-Hoc mode
     
  13. jmatze

    jmatze Addicted to LI Member

    I have my secondary router here at work, I just did a hard reset, and went through the set up proceedure for repeater, and by gosh it works here at work. The kicker is the little cisco logo is lit up orange again, and everytime I get it to work it stays orange (not that I care) I found a different set of instructions, sort of simplified, maybe this was the problem. I guess I will take it home and see if it will connect.
     
  14. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Okay post your results and we'll see what happens
     

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