How far goes your WRT54G?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by dadaniel, Aug 21, 2004.

  1. dadaniel

    dadaniel Network Guru Member

    I've a WRT54G now and I'd like to know how far your wireless-cards can be away from your WRT54G, and under which circumstances.

    My router's signal drops after going away about 6~8 meters.
    I'm living in a Flat let for rent (is the google-translation right :?)
  2. tgeezer

    tgeezer Network Guru Member


    My laptop, with an ENTRASYS card and an external 8.5db directional outdoor antenna mounted indoors, can communicate with my wrt54g (I removed the stock antennas and is using another 8.5db directional outdoor antenna mounted indoors) I have them installed 4 houses apart, no line of sight, thru brick walls, which are at least 100 to 125 feet apart. I got the antennas thru EBAY and highly reccomend them if you want any sort of range. I am very happy with their performance. They both cost less than $20.00 each. I started with the SMC 6db directional and the HAWKING HI-GAIN (which was also 6db) but the signal only went as far as the front door and each ot them cost more than the ones I got thru EBAY. I also got a 12db antenna and a 28db (HUGE) antenna but did not need them because the 8.5db's worked so good. If you get one do take note of the connectors needed on each end (or you can get adaptors to fit)
  3. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    The furthest I have gone was about 80ft through one 4" thick brick wall with my WRT54G set to 42mW using HyperWRT 1.3 and factory default antennas.

    The reception may also depend on the wireless adapter as well. I was visiting at the office of a friend of mine, which has a Buffalo 802.11b router. I was in this room about 100ft from this router (the LAN cable to the room was 110ft) with one of my notebooks + WPC54G and I couldn't get a signal (and had to use that LAN cable to get connected). Put his new fleet of Toshiba Tecra notebooks with built-in Intel cards in the same room next to my notebook and they all maintained a low but steady signal and connection :(
  4. TheMunch8

    TheMunch8 Network Guru Member

    With my internal IBM/Intel wireless card, I can get around 140-150 away. I bosted my power and added a tin foil relfector to the antenna, but nothing physically modifying it. Other people can barely get it at 100. I was running on chan 6 and 11, but they were clogged, with about 4 other wireless networks on each of those. I moved to Channel 1, and my range increased, and speed increased. It is going through many walls, and going through a lot of electrical interferance, as many electronics stand in the way between the router and my computer. But it seems to work fine, Even for my Gaming needs.
  5. Templecorran

    Templecorran Network Guru Member

    So it would appear that you should sniff out the other channels in use around you and use a different one.

    Since getting my new laptop with integrated WiFi, I have been war-driving ( and walking) 'cos I'm curious to know who has/hasn't enabled their security policies. It is really quite amazing how many APs are wide open. I even found one ISP close to work here with an open AP!! (so I phoned and told them) :thumb:
    I'm using 's NetStumbler. It gives a lot of useful info about the AP.

  6. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    aww dont ruin all the fun for the rest of us. :)
  7. Evil417

    Evil417 Network Guru Member

    Im trying to go 30ft. It some times works. Other times it fails at life.
  8. theIPM

    theIPM Network Guru Member

    :eek: im about 200ft in a 2 story house my computer being upstairs and my router downstairs. I get excellent to very good
    but now im having a packet loss problem from both my router and my isp :thumbdown:
  9. ghoulord

    ghoulord Network Guru Member

    :drinking: It depends on your locations of your router sometimes you have to change some channels to get a better signal....remember its a wireless...its not 100% you get all the signal...
  10. Saltmine

    Saltmine Network Guru Member

    WRT54G thru concrete walls here in Israel gets about 25-30 ft with very good signal strength. Haven't tried it downstairs (had to disconnect it til I figure out some other problems).
  11. handyaswan

    handyaswan Network Guru Member

    wrt54g and micronet

    at my home, i have 700 meter with external anntena 24db at my wrt54g, and 24db too at micronet.

    with alchemic v1.0 at wrt54g v.3.1

    so far so good

    and i have plan flash to new dd-wrt 23 beta for my wrt54g this night

    pls add my YM,
  12. avax

    avax Network Guru Member

    dd-wrt 23 beta is great I have installed it now and it works great :D btw. I can access my wrt54g with a range of 300m with boosted power to 251 mW
  13. danielhaden

    danielhaden Network Guru Member

    Okay, a WRT54G with HyperWRT beta (21b1) based on Linksys V3 code. TX antenna=left, RX=auto (use both auto if using V4 firmware). Factory antennas.

    A RAlink (Edimax, Foxconn, Gigabyte, PCUSA) PCI wireless card. Factory antenna gets 2 bars, Hawking corner-reflect antenna gets 4 bars. It is so very useful to upgrade the antenna on the computer.

    90 feet through two structures and one is a metal building (with or without the upgrade antenna).

    Oh, and the google translation is right, but that's British English from sometime in the 1950's. In the U.S. we call it an "apartment" to describe a portion of a multi-dwelling building. The very large version, usually with its own garage, is called a "townhouse", and a stand-alone house for rent (let) is simply called a "rent house" unless it isn't for rent, but then you'd have to buy it. ;)

    And, there's something strange going on if your wireless router can't cover any of these from corner to corner. It is usually because of a tiny, inappropriately located (on the back of a computer's pci card) or inappropriately horizontal (laptop card) antenna on the client device. Or, it is because your neighbor's wireless router is on exactly the same channel.

    Wireless "B" devices create a 100% interruption in the signal of the WRT54G if it is set to "G-Only"--because the "B" signal is now seen as a very loud noise instead of an understandable signal. Protection mode can actually help if your closest neighbors are all using wireless "B" devices. Of course, simply changing the channel far away from the "B" devices is the most useful.
  14. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    I don't do wireless much, but heck - I have a WRT54G, and a pretty demanding setup, so here goes...

    Just did a test.


    Router: WRT54G V4, HyperWRT Tofu 10. WPA Personal/TKIP, Channel 11. Antennas set to AUTO, transmission strength set at 25% (21 mW).

    Adapter: Dell Latitude D600 built in. (Dell WLAN 1350).

    I have a long (probably 80 foot) manufatured home, 2x6 construction, with thick aluminum siding. Upgraded trailer, if you will. Router is in the basement (cinderblock walls with rebar), at a little below dirt level, on a shelf, on one extreme end of the house.

    At the other end of the house (stove between me and router), I had an 18Mbit connection. Outside (through the metal siding), I maintained anywhere from 18Mbit to 2.2Mbit. On the other side of the garage (downhill from the house, about 75' away, on the other side of a solid concrete wall), I experienced a momentary drop. But after a few seconds, it re-established a minimal connection and none of my IM clients went down at all. Mostly, I managed to maintain at least one bar of power on the Windws Power Meter.

    Given that my Vonage-supplied WRTP54G couldn't even cast enough signal to get to the other side of the house, much less through the aluminum to the outside, you can color me !@$@#$ impressed!

    I never thought anything would be able to penetrate the aluminum siding. My cordless phones, regardless of frequency, just disconnect over that barrier. My cell phone cannot be used in the house at all - I needed to install a pricey cell repeater to even use a cell in the living room.
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