Bridging vs. Range Extending

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by pooooh14, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. pooooh14

    pooooh14 Network Guru Member

    I have a WRT54G V2 running Satori 4.0. I want to enable my neighbor to access my LAN to share the Internet connection. I'm fairly new to all this wireless stuff but in doing my research have come up with these options to choose from.

    Option one is to extend my network using a WRE54G - I believe this will require a wireless nic for the "remote" machine.

    Option two is to set up a "bridge" to the neighbor's home using a WET11 - I believe the remote machine will connect directly to the WET11, thereby negating the need for a wireless nic. With this option, the neighbor will only be able to use the bridge to connect one device to the network - true??

    Option three is to setup another "access point" such as the WAP54G.

    Question is what is the best or most recommended solution. One concern I have is diminished or halved bandwidth. Any assistance is greatly appreciated!

  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Depends what you mean by best. Here's how I see this.

    WEP11 only has one 10Base-T LAN port, so you can only connect one client at a time connected in 802.11b mode only (which means performance degradation for possible 802.11g devices on your WLAN), and both WRE54G and WAP54G requires a wireless adapter to be added.

    With the WRE54G and WEP11, both have to be placed within the reach of the signal coming out of your WRT54G, whereas with the WAP54G it has the added option to connect to your router via a LAN cable, assuming you can run a cable (100m max) between the 2 houses, thus negating the need for signal range to reach its location, in which case even a 2nd WRT54G will also work.

    Your Satori firmware also gives you the WDS option to connect two WRT54G units together wirelessly.
  3. pooooh14

    pooooh14 Network Guru Member

    Thank you for the response. Implementing WDS using the WRT54G's would impact bandwidth, would it not?

    Sounds like I should rule out the WEP11..too limited. Would reduced bandwidth be a problem with the WAP54G as well? I probably will need to get the wireless adapter given that....what would you recommend?

  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    What reduced bandwidths do you have in mind? I doubt it would matter that much if one is just surfing the internet.

    I don't think I'm in a position to advice on a choice since I haven't much experience on this topic. I only setup one WRT54G+WAP54G for a friend and his neighbour, and that was before WRE54G became available in the area. Although I must say it didn't work at first and it took us a weekend to get the WAP54G to work wirelessly as a repeater, it was fun once we got the whole setup working, and to date, I haven't heard about any disconnections from him. The WRE54G would have been easier to setup, but from some of the reviews I've read (e.g.,, it's not a consistent product.
  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    By the way, if your neighbour has more than one computer, have you folks considered the WET54GS5 (Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge with 5-port Switch)?
  6. pooooh14

    pooooh14 Network Guru Member

    Thanks for your feedback. I think I'm going to go with another WRT54G and do WDS. I'll let you know how it goes.

    Thanks again!
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