Extending range approx 500 feet

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by plmokn, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. plmokn

    plmokn Network Guru Member

    I am trying to find out what I would need to extend my wireless network to a distance of approx 500 feet. I have 2 houses, and between them are no other buildings/tree's etc.

    At the moment the house with the internet connection has a Netgear FVL328, I am guessing that I need to connect my existing Linksys WRT54G to this as an access point and then purchase an additional WRT54G (or similar) to go in the second house? I don't mind having to use 3rd party firmware, or putting up an external antenna.

    Can someone help me out with what I would likely need to get this set up? Thanks.
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    If you buy another WRT54, rather get the WRT54GL. The current Gs are RAM/Flash starved.

    Yes, with 2 WRTs you can WDS between the 2. You'll have wireless on the local (at the FVL328 side) and the remote side, but speed is halved.

    You can also run them as a WET (Wireless Ethernet Bridge), but then you can only have wired clients connected to the WRTs.

    You'll need 3rd party firmware for either of these options.
    Use LAN ports only - the WAN ports of the WRTs don't feature in either option, except if you want to make a seperate subnet somewhere.

    You may need to make some parabolic reflectors to boost the signals a bit if your connection speed is lowish. Doubt that you'll need external antennae for 500 feet.
  3. plmokn

    plmokn Network Guru Member

    I guess using WDS the connection speed being halved is only really a problem if transferring files around the network? (Unless the internet connection is equal to that of the 54/108MB of the router)

    It's unlikely that many files will be transferred across the network, its really only going to be used for internet access.

    Any good links on WDS and recommended 3rd party firmware to use? Thanks.
  4. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    try dd-wrt v24. It has the repeater mode similar to the WDS, but with full speed instead of halve
  5. plmokn

    plmokn Network Guru Member

    EDIT: Found it, was not looking under the Beta section. A little confused as to which file I need though, there are 50 or so directories beneath the V24 umbrella. I am trying to find a file for a WRT54G and also a WRT54GL
  6. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    go to download under beta releases.
  7. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    I think most, if not all, the 3rd party firmware supports WDS. Yes, it's really only a problem if you copy files and stuff. You should get around 10Mbps actual throughput on a 54Mbps WDS link with good signal strength.

    I use Thibor15c on a WRT54GL, and dd-wrt v23 on a V5.1 WRT54GS.

    Repeater mode is probably better for your application if it does not halve the speed, but very few firmware support this. (Can't quite figure how repeater mode would NOT loose the speed - it's still just one radio that Tx/Rx at half duplex, not??)
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