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WRT300N Range Weak?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by rfergu, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. rfergu

    rfergu LI Guru Member


    I just bought a WRT300N v1 because I wanted to improve the wireless range of my house, and I knew that eventually we would switch over to N regardless. I got it up and running without upgrading the firmware yet, and it works, but the range is not much better than my WRT54G v2 running SVETASOFT firmware (which is kinda pathetic). My questions:

    1) Is this a piece of garbage should I just return it?
    2) Is it possible to upgrade the firmware to use WDS so that I can improve the range using my WRT54G and Airport Express?
    3) Since I am only a G network for now are there good settings I could choose to improve reliablity/range/throughput?

    I have 5.8 Ghz phones in the house and the only visable wireless signals are my own on channels 1 and channel 6 (the airport express).

    Thanks for any help, its really hard to search on this topic when you are clueless.

    Little update:
    I upgraded the firmware and talk to the linksys tech support person. She said that WDS is supported, but I can't get it to work at all. Any thoughts on at least getting WDS working would be much apperciated... I have a feeling I'll be returning the router.
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    the problem is the output of the WRT54G with 3rd party firmware has better range than most MIMO or Draft N devices. Users are buying the new draft N spec'd models not knowing that the wirless output is just as limited as the WRT54G model using default firmware in the first place.

    Compatability is still an issue with newer chipset devices,

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