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WRTSL54GS: Broadrange and print server?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Pseius, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. Pseius

    Pseius LI Guru Member

    Short Version:
    1) The transceiver supports Broadrange, do I have to enable it somewhere?
    2) I'll use the router mainly as a print server, is any particular firmware better for that purpose? (from what I've seen Thibor seems the best for this)...

    Long Version:
    Hi! I'm about to get this router and I've seen that, according to the autopsy performed here, the transceiver is a BCM4318E. According to the Broadcom link, it supports 'Broadrange', which is something I'd be interested in. Now, I haven't seen any indication of this in Linksys's site for this model, which leads me to believe this isn't enabled by default. I'm planning to use this router mainly as a print server and to do some simple NAT stuff, so I'll be upgrading to OpenWRT or HyperWRT or [insert firmware name here]. So, will I have to take any special steps to enable Broadrange?

    Thanks :biggrin:
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    unless the linksys drivers that are supplied in the linksys source code, support this "Broadrange" feature, i guess it wont be supported. other problem maybe you need two antennas for better signal diversity.

    The power output of the SL can be tweaked, to boost signal strength, but i do ot think this is teh same as Broadcom's Broadrange feature.
  3. Pseius

    Pseius LI Guru Member

    Uhm...I see. It must be supported somehow. What bugs me is that it isn't advertised as a feature, or at least I haven't seen it listed as a feature nowhere in the descriptions or specifications of this router... Similar routers from other companies do sport it as a feature, such as ASUS's WL-500g Premium, which uses the same transceiver, and mostly runs the same firmware.
  4. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    i think Linksys' implementation is known as afterburner or speedbooster.
  5. Pseius

    Pseius LI Guru Member

    I think that's the name for other technologies from Broadcom: 'Afterburner' and 'Speedbooster' are two different names for their packet bursting and compression scheme, while Broadrange is just an improvement over the receiver's sensitivity, much like Atheros's XR technology.
    In other words, 'Afterburner' and 'Speedbooster' improve throughput; while 'Broadrange' extends range.

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