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WRT54G -> WAP54G -> WAP54G

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by TsukiakariUsagi, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. TsukiakariUsagi

    TsukiakariUsagi Network Guru Member

    Okay, here goes... I have read most of the messages on these three pages to try and figure out what is going on with my network setup and also googled several different things and to no avail.

    I have my DSL internet at my house on the far right side (as you are looking directly at the house) and near my DSL modem is my WRT54G Wireless Router. In the kitchen on top of my fridge on the far left side of the house is the first of my WAP54G units set up in Wireless Repeater mode to the Router's MAC Address. When these two are plugged in and set up they work fine, my entire two-story house is covered with four or five bars at 48-54mbps. My friend recently moved in next door and we are trying to get my friend online so I purchased another AP to set up in their bedroom (the far right of that house directly next door with maybe 150ft between the two houses). My laptop when is in the room with the second AP (also set to repeater mode right now to the routers MAC address) it will pick up the signal but say "Limited or No Connectivity." I have been working on this problem all day and it is starting to get annoying.

    All units are set to the same channel, SSID broadcasting is on, WEP 64-bit security with the same custom key, Mixed Mode on all, and the Transmission Rates are all set to Auto. The Router and both APs are updated to the most current firmware versions available from LinkSys's website. Someone please help as I am going insane trying to get this to work if it is even going to.

    (Here's a ASCII Pic)
    <pre>
    /------DSL Modem
    |---------------| |-------------+-|
    | AP2| | AP1 RT&C|
    | | | |
    | C | | |
    |---------------| |---------------|
    Next Door House My House
    </pre>
     
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    I would set the second WAP54G in repeater mode to the MAC Address of the WAP54G in your house, since in the diagram you provided it is closer to the WAP54G in your house. It would help to have a direct line of sight between both WAP54Gs.
     
  3. TsukiakariUsagi

    TsukiakariUsagi Network Guru Member

    I set the second WAP54G to repeater mode, AP mode, AP Client Mode and Bridge mode and nothing worked. I am totally at a lose. I cannot get the second AP to work at all in the network and it is depressing. I shall never get my neighboor online at this rate.
     
  4. TsukiakariUsagi

    TsukiakariUsagi Network Guru Member

  5. TsukiakariUsagi

    TsukiakariUsagi Network Guru Member

    AP-AP will never work, but AP-RE will!

    <pre>
    /------DSL Modem
    |---------------| |-------------+-|
    | | |AP RT&C|
    | | | |
    | C RE| | |
    |---------------| |---------------|
    Next Door House My House
    </pre>

    For the record, I would like to state how I fixed this problem. The LinkSys Range Expander will auto-config., but only to a 192.168.1.240 IP address, and if your IP range isn't such (i.e. 192.168.0.xxx), then the access point cannot be configured. I had to set my router to be 192.168.1.1 and set it to channel 6 with no security, then press the auto-config button on the Range Expander for like 15 seconds, then go to 192.168.1.240 and set all the appropriate settings at once (including the IP back to a 192.168.0.xxx ramge), then click save. Go back to my router and change all those settings back to the 192.168.0.xxx range, as well as the appropriate matching SSIDs and Channels and then set up the Access Point in Repeater mode to match those settings as well. Then I set up the router in my room on one side of the house, the AP in repeater mode on the other end of my house, then in my neighbor's house in the room with a direct line of sight to my pantry (where the AP is), I put the range expander and now with my friend's computer I have a 100% signal strength and a 60% signal link (I think that's what the Motorola Reciever called the second line). All is well and good as far as I can tell, but I am going to go out when it's clear weather and check the dBm readings on my recievers and see how far this network is reaching now with Net Stumbler. I hope this helps some other people out because I sure did have 4 days worth of problems from it.
     

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