expand WAG54g by wire and boost existing wireless signal

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by skolasse, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. skolasse

    skolasse Guest

    I have been using the WAG54g to connect to 2 wired laptops 2 wired pc this has used up my four ports. I have also connected my printer to this wirelessly. I sometime connect my laptops and my Archos PMA430 to this wirelessly. I am not impressed with the wireless signal strenght of the WAG54G.
    I am thinking of buying another router (bridge?) and need advice on what is the best option I have , I want to expand the WAG54g by WIRE to another router so I can ethernet to at least 2 other PC's. If the same device can boost my wireless signal strength Plese let me know. I do not mind disabling the wireless signal of the WAG54 if there is a (wireless) conflict with the other device as the signal strength is good for my toilet.
  2. TMAC

    TMAC Network Guru Member

    you acn buy 2 access point or wap54g... the 1st wap should be set as an access point then the second wap should be set as a repeater...
  3. SimonMackay

    SimonMackay Network Guru Member


    You can add more wired devices to the WAG-54G by using an Ethernet switch. These devices are available at computer shops and computer fairs for cheap (if you are after a "no-name" unit) or expect to pay more for units from Netgear and Linksys.

    This could also mean that if you own your own home, you could consider "wiring for Ethernet" where you run Category 5e cable through the home. Another thing to consider if you can't afford to or aren't able to wire for Ethernet is to use HomePlug powerline networking. This would require the use of HomePlug-Ethernet bridges from the like of Phonex for example. This would be important when extending the wireless cloud further.

    You can also consider buying an access point such as the WAP-54G and use this as an "extension access point". This unit is connected to the WAG-54G via Ethernet and sited close to the area where you want good reception.

    You have to set the WAP-54G parameters to be the same as the WAG-54G's wireless-network parameters EXCEPT for the channel. This, you set further down the spectrum and away from the WAG-54G's operating channel. You could use another WAP-54G as a repeater for this WAP-54G if you need to extend the wireless cloud further.

    I hope that this is of use to you,

    With regards,

    Simon Mackay
  4. TMAC

    TMAC Network Guru Member

    you cant configure the wap54g as a repeater if your using only a wag54g... thats why you need 2 wap54g.
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