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wrt54gx range extend

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by isherwood, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. isherwood

    isherwood Network Guru Member

    I have a wrt54gx the one with 3 antennas. The antennas don't seem to come off. what could I buy to extend the range to 1 - 1 1/2 miles? I have it now going 800 ' to my small boat across water to a notebook adapter wpc54gx. Can I plug a router or bridge to the wrt54gx and go to a high gain antenna? I'm new to this stuff and in the Bahamas.

    thanks, william
     
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You can use the new WAP54GX as an access point, it has removable antennas, but it is an expensive solution. I guess you a WRT54GXv1.0, which does not have removable antennas version 2.0 does.
     
  3. isherwood

    isherwood Network Guru Member

    Can I plug another router into one of the output ports of the existing router and then send the signal to another boat with a high gain antenna and still leave my persent set-up intact? william
     
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Yes you can, but it will not have the range of the WRT54GX. You have to change the local address of the router you are usig as an access point only to something other than 192.168.1.1. You should use an address outside the DHCP server on the WRT54GX, but in the same subnet. I have mine set to 192.168.1.2. You disable the DHCP server the access point and under advanced routing you should set it as a router and not a gateway. After saving the settin, power it down and connect one of the LAN ports of the acces point to one of the LAN ports of the WRT54GX.
     
  5. isherwood

    isherwood Network Guru Member

    Does that mean that the WRT54 GX will still work as it does now.as well as the new router with the high gain antenna? william
     
  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Yes the WRT54GX will work as it does now. The new router will work as an access point. You should be able to connect to the new router, I cannot tell you what the range will be versus the WRT54GXv1.0, which with it fixed antennas and is supposed to have greater range than the normal 892,11g routers. I would attach a direction antenna to the new router.
     
  7. isherwood

    isherwood Network Guru Member

    thanks for the info. I appreciate it. isherwood

    Thanks much, isherwood
     

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