2 x WAP54G: 120m link - very unstable connection!

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by netphreak, Jun 6, 2005.

  1. netphreak

    netphreak Network Guru Member

    A few weeks ago, I bought two WAP54G's. My intention was to share my nettwork with a friend who moved in two houses down the road - a distance of about 120 meters.

    First thing I tried was obviously to mount the WAP54G's in a open window in both of the houses. Almost free veiw, just some leaves from my other neighbour's appletrea is in the way, but I can easily see the whole window where the other WAP54G is placed. With original antennas, and original firmware 2.08 the client WAP reported the connection to 8% Not too bad I thought, I was expecting to buy external antennas anyway.

    So, on an internet auction I bought two very cheap antennas, rated to 7dBi, not directional (it's called omni-directional or something, right?). Hehe, signal raised to 12% Waste of money in other words.

    So, I created two tincan antennas, from THIS giude. Now, that helped a little, but still only 30%!

    Now what? I still have a very unstable connection. The speed is quite good enough, at least 11 Mbits, I don't really need more. Also, when transferring larger files, the connection seems stable. But the problem starts when two computers are connected to the switch in my friends house (he have no WIFI equipment at all, he has cat5 cables all over the place, he use a 3com switch connected to his WAP). This is exactly what happens:

    Computer 1 is connected to the network, downloading a huge file at slow speed (20 k/s). We monitor the datastream. It's stable.

    Computer two log on, trying to surf the internet (or files on my local lan, whatever) - and we instantly notice that the datastream to computer 1 stops. For a few (maybe 5) seconds... This happens the other way around as well, even though none of the computer uses much bandwidth, way below 11 Mbit!

    Why is this? Will this problem be solved with better connection between the WAP's`is 30% far to little?

    Also, when I try to connect to my friends WAP, the connection most likely drops completely, and require restart.

    Thanks in advance for any help!
  2. netphreak

    netphreak Network Guru Member

    Alright, so this forum doesn't get many visits...

    I have still no solution to my problem, and starting to regret I bought the two WAP's. No help to find anywhere.

    Please - if anyone read this - I feel very lost here! Can't no one even give me a hint on where to start troubleshooting this issue?
  3. netphreak

    netphreak Network Guru Member

    Thank you all.
  4. firestarter03

    firestarter03 Network Guru Member

    You could try re-orientating the ariels so they are in an L shape. Don't know if that will help.... but it's worth a try
  5. onlineemails

    onlineemails Network Guru Member


    i know what u should do. u have 2 put 2 waps in bridge mode and not ap mode. :p
  6. netphreak

    netphreak Network Guru Member

    Re: bridge

    Very true, I found out myself some time ago.

    Though, no documentation of this anywhere! Took me loads of hours troubleshooting this one. It works now, thanks.
  7. oopsibrokeit

    oopsibrokeit Network Guru Member

    and you can try turning on CTS protection and burst mode, that will help if you have several comouters on the far end of your bridge...
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