HELP extending my lan

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Erronious, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. Erronious

    Erronious Guest

    I have a garage that is about 150 yards away from my router.
    The laptop i use there gets sketchy signal if any.

    I am pretty new to WiFi and networking, i would like to have a strong connection to this laptop so i can stream music and files along with accessing my internet connection.

    What I have:
    Netgear WGR614
    Linksys WRT54GS (WiFi)
    Linksys router (Wired)
    D-Link hub
    Hawkins omni directional antenna
    Hawkins corner antenna

    Now i have been reading about bridges,boosters,antennas,acces points,Ect.. and I cant make sense of it all

    What do you think would be best in this situation?
    Remember I am completely new to this so anything would be a help.
  2. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    if you can't run a cable you'd probabyl want to use WDS i've never used WDS myself but i'm sure someone can post some useful info, alteratively you can get a linksys range expander but i've heard some people having trouble with them, dunno...
  3. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  5. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

    I'm pretty sure SSIDs do not have to be the same, I have WDS working here fine with 2 different ones.
  6. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    only ssid's same when there is wpa it works great anyways
  7. cromrell

    cromrell Network Guru Member

    There has been quite a bit of traffic, but here are my two cents.

    1) WAP54G: Wireless Access Point
    link: WAP54G
    install a WAP54G inside your house (near garage), or in your garage. This device requires a network connection. This device will allow a 2nd Wifi spot within your house and can be used to extend your range. This is what I am doing on our business network with a suite down the hall -but I had to run wire there first.

    2) WRE54G: Wireless Range Expander
    link: WRE54G
    install a WRE54G, also inside your house, between the garage & WRT54GS.
    This device works similar to the WAP, except that it doesn't require a physical network wire. It essentually creates a "relay station", and extends the range of your wireless network. I haven't tried any of these yet...

    3) WRT54GX: Wireless Router w/ SRX technology
    link: WRT54GX
    You could replace your current router with this new (& more expensive) version. The SRX "has a more robust signal" and can extend the coverage by up to three times. -Sorry haven't tried it yet.

    4) HGA7T: High Gain Antenna
    link: HGA7T
    You could replace the 'stock' antenna with 'high gain' antennas. This should increase your signal range, and isn't as expensive as purchasing the SRX router, WRE54G, or WAP54G. -Sorry haven't tried it yet.

    5) Alternate Firmware
    You could also try to use alternate firmware and increase your router's Wifi broadcast signal -improving the signal in the garage.

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