Help me decide what to do.

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by stromm, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. stromm

    stromm Network Guru Member

    I currently have a WRT54G v2 I am using as both my wireless G and Internet router. The WRT54G only acts as the router/gw and WiFi. DHCP is provided by my 2000 server. I would LOVE to be able to use the filters on the WRT54G but they just don't work.

    Problem is, the WPC54G in my wife's laptop has problems getting a good connection in the livingroom (unlike my Toshiba Laptop's built-in Atheros wireless nic).

    So, I see the following options.

    1. Purchase another WRT54G (or WRT54GS), put it in the living room connected to the old ethernet port. Enable it's WiFi and disable the main WiFi. Not sure if I can have both active at the same time and get transparent connectivity.

    2. Purchase a WRE54G extender and put it in the livingroom. Only problem I see is my speed would now be half.

    3. Purchase a wired-router to replace my WRT54G as the primary router. Put the WRT54G in the livingroom as only a WAP.

    I guess it mostly comes down to will a newer WRT54 (g or gs) give me working Internet filters or do the filters actually work on the wired-routers? About the only benefit I see in spending the extra money for a WRT54GS would be if my Atheros (108Mbps) card will actually connect to the Linksys at that speed.

    So, what do all of you think? I'm eager to know.

  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    If you want better signal, why not get better antenna for the unit you already have? This will be far simple and cheaper than adding a new device.
  3. stromm

    stromm Network Guru Member

    I don't think it's the router, it's the PCMCIA card. I have the router in the basement over by the circuitbox (aka fusebox) where the cable line comes in and my office is at.

    My laptop gets a great signal, even in the same seat my wife usually sits. For as much those antennas are, I'd rather buy a second box.
  4. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Your last post makes no sense to me.

    Are you saying that you have one laptop that gets great reception, and another that does not, from the same physical location?

    If that is what you are saying, the best thing to do is replace the WiFi card that does not work well.

    I like the Hawking HWU54D card a lot, pop-up directional antenna will pull in signal much further than most cards.
  5. stromm

    stromm Network Guru Member

    I understand I could do that, but the main goal is to get WiFi base out of my basement. So I'm still back to the 3 options above.
  6. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

    Have you considered PowerLine or HomePlug solutions to get a LAN to your basement, sometimes wireless just can't get there.
  7. stromm

    stromm Network Guru Member

    No. I have the livingroom wired for ethernet, I just want wireless to work better upstairs. My server, router, C/M, switch, etc are all in my basement office.

    I just can't decide if I should buy a BEFSR41 for my router and move the WRT54G upstairs or go dual WRT54G's (maybe a WRT54GS) or get a WAP for upstairs.

    Only thing I don't like about my current WRT54G is the internet filters don't work.

    I loved my old BEFSR41, never had a problem and the filters worked, but I gave it to a client when they needed a simple firewall.
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