Extending Wireless

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Zodler, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Zodler

    Zodler Serious Server Member

    I have a point A where my Asus RT-N66U is and a point B in my house where the wireless signal is weak. I want to receive strong signal in point B too to be able to receive my Plex Media Server transcoding in real time.

    I read and there are so many possibilities and information with range extenders, WDS, bridges and stuff, I dont know where to go and start. I need to be put into the right direction.

    I tried this dLAN® 200 AV Wireless N
    which is nice and easy, but since I'm advancing in home networking, I need something a little more sophisticated. This works but it uses a different network and SSID. So each time I'm in point B I have to manually change my iPhone wireless connection and then when I go back to A, I have to change again.

    What happens if I put the same SSID and password on this dLAN as my Asus router? Can two wireless networks use the same name and password where they are both present?

    What would be a nice solution where I can go to point B without changing anything. Do I need the exact same router with tomato (WDS)? Hardware extender? And what happens to monitoring wireless signals there within tomato? Will I be able to monitor wireless activity there?

    I can Connect point A to B with a dLAN. Just need better wireless in B. preferably the same wireless network as A.
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    When more coverage is needed, it's best to keep it as simple as possible. Just buy another cheap router and use it as a wired Access Point. [Make sure that it can be set as a simple access point when you purchase it]. Use the same SSID and password and you can move anywhere in your house and your iphone will automatically switch to the strongest access point. (This is a good way to re-use old unused wireless routers that were provided free by an ISP when you signed up.)

    If you already have the router, set up following this post:


    [Note that you don't need any fancy named hardware - many really basic bits of hardware are sold as access points at inflated prices!]
  3. Zodler

    Zodler Serious Server Member

    Thank you. I have 2 questions.

    1- For monitoring purposes in tomato, all the wireless clients connected to the second AP router will be seen as wired right?

    2- Since you recommend the same SSID and password and I already have this dLAN® 200 AV Wireless N, can I put the same SSID/Password on it as my Asus RT-N66U with no problem? (Instead of using another router)
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