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WRT's as Wireless Access Points

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Bill_S, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Bill_S

    Bill_S Network Guru Member

    I have a large house that is three stories high and made of concert and brick. I ran Ethernet cable to key points in the house and installed WiFi access devices in each location so that we had a strong signal over the entire area of the house. I am using Linksys WRT routers that are running Tomato Firmware v1.28.7633 .3-Toastman-IPT-ND ND Std - Linux kernel and Broadcom Wireless Driver updates. I turned off DNS on all but the main router and I disabled the WAN ports and use them as a LAN ports on all but the router. All devices use the same SSID but use separate channels and the same WPA2 Personal AES password for security.

    My question is, do I need to disable anything else on each of the devices I use as AP's or is it ok as long as I just disable DNS?

    Thanks for any help you can provide.
  2. Geonovast

    Geonovast Serious Server Member

    I'm not familiar with Tomato firmware, so I don't know if it actually is a disable DNS feature or not... but you need to disable DHCP on all the AP routers entirely, and have it handed by just the router hooked up to your modem.

    Keep your channels as far apart as possible so they don't interfere with each other, or just leave them all on the same channel. I live in an apartment, and my computer can see 35+ networks at one time. I used to try to keep mine on an unused channel, but recently read about why a crowded channel is better than a nearby one that overlaps. Switched it to the least crowded popular channel, and I've seen an improvement. Also, my school had 4 APs all on the same channel, and had no issues with it.
  3. Bill_S

    Bill_S Network Guru Member

    Ahh, stupid me, I meant to say that I had turned off DHCP not DNS. Thanks for the input, I have all the others on widely separated channels. I have used the same channel approach and it seems to work but I think the use of widely separated channels works best for me.

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