Extending wireless network via ethernet with WAP54G

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jasperb, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. jasperb

    jasperb LI Guru Member


    I really hope you can help me out here!

    I want to extend my wireless network. After a lot of thinking and reading, I think i've found a solution to my problem. But I wanted to ask you if it is really possible to make this work.

    The best way of explaining my problem is by an picture. (you can find it on this site: http://forum.macosx.nl/album_pic.php?pic_id=16574

    i will try to explain it in words also: (just to keep it simple I will use two rooms in this example, room A and B) I've got a wireless router (WAG54G v2) in room A but I can't get an signal in room B. So can I set up WAP54G in room B, connected with an ehternet cable to the router in room A, to extend the wireless signal to room B? And espescially can I walk with my laptop from room A to room B without loosing my connection to the network/internet ? (that is called roaming isn't it?)

    Thank you very much for answering this question!
  2. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    yes you can, you can name it with the same or different SSID. Users can connect to either WAP and access network resources or just get internet connectivity. recommend using different channels on the WAPs
  3. jasperb

    jasperb LI Guru Member

    maybe I don't understand you correctly but you are talking about two WAPs? The point is, there is just one. The other one is a WAG54G (v2). :)
  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    i was meaning wireless access points in general, both devices you have can broadcast wireless signals
  5. jasperb

    jasperb LI Guru Member

    ok then. And what about roaming is that possible? I guess not i'm afraid
  6. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    To roam, set up your 2 wireless devices on say channel 1 and channel 6, or a any two channels spaced about 5 channels (or more) from each other. Then give the wireless networks (as defined individually on the 2 devices) the same SSID, security settings, passkey, etc.

    Also, connect your 2 devices via LAN ports, and make sure they are on the same subnet, while only one device should supply DHCP.

    The roaming would not be quite seamless, but it should be very close to seamless.
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