just purchased the WRT54G I need help creating network

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by taken, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. taken

    taken Guest

    the modem and pc are on ground/mainlevel of house - this is where the WRT54G will be located (above ground).

    I also have pc in the basement I want to purchase the WUSB54G for the basement.

    I have heard that cement and brick lower the signal strength.

    Does anyone have this kind of setup?

    I am hoping that I will be able to get the wireless signal and not have to go wire and run CAT5.

    If I do not get the signal - are there any products I should buy?
    Any suggestion before I purchase the WUSB54G?
  2. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i have had alot of problems with the wusb54g. isuggest going with maybe dlink for the clients.

    if you are having signal problems then try to get some better antennas like the ones that linksys carries:

    these work great. or you can go with better antennas if you look @ ebay.
  3. TMAC

    TMAC Network Guru Member

    you can buy an expander it will repeat the signal of the router... you must put these expander at least the middle of the pc and router...
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If you mean by expander, I would not recommend it because of cost and the lost of thoroughput. You can get a WRE54G for about $90 USD. It is not easiest thing to setup, I setup mine, but no longer use it. I purchased A WRT54GX and a WPC54GX, which has much better range than my WRT54G v1.0 with HyperWRT installed on with maximu power output. The wireless NIC that he should buy is dependent on the PC he is using, Is it a desktop with both PCI slots and USB ports, if it is I would use a WMP54G. If he does not want to open this computer up he can use a USB ethernet adapter. Jagboy said to stay away from the WUSB54G and since I have no experience wit one, you should take his advice. If it is a laptop then get a PC card adapter. There again the have been problems withe the WPC54G adapters. The WPC54GX had problems intially, but with the last two version os the drivers the problems have disappeared. I would not recommend one do to the cost, if you did not have a WRT54GX router. If the computer has an ethernet port you can buy a WAP54G and put in bridge mode. The antennas can be upgraded. You will have to look around to get the best price.
  5. TMAC

    TMAC Network Guru Member

    The expander is easy to configure... 1st thing is to disable the wep or any security on the router... then move the expander atleast 5 feet away from the router then reset the expander... then press the auto config button for 10 secs... then check on your wireless pc if your connected to your network... and if it is connected try to ping the expander and the router...

    And if you want to reenable the security, try enabling 1st on the expander then enable on the router...
  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You have set your wireless NIC encrytion last. If the LEDs are blinking blue you have auto configured your WRE54G. The SSID can be different for the repeater. There is a reset button that will reset the repeater to factory default setting. The repeater will cut your troughput in half, since it has only one readio and must recieve the packets and resend them with its own MAC address. You should try establishing your connection in the basement without buying any additional equipment first. Move the router around to get the best signal. You can try boosting power on your router with third party firmware, if you are confortable about flashing firmware. Do firmware updates through a wired connection only and reset to factory defaults before the upgrade. Only boost power until you get a reliable connection. Increasing to the maximum only increases noise and interference to nearby wireless networks. Being in the basement you wil not be getting signals from nearby wireless networks so you do not have to worry about interference. Cement and brick do not attenuate or reflect signals as much as water or metal objects. Try to keep the router and the computer in the basement away from your furnace, mirrors and large electrical applicances. Keep away from microwave ovens, since they interfere with WIFI transmssions, when on, 2,6Mhz wireless telephomes will interfere with your WIFI network, try to buy the older 900Khz or the newer 5.2Mhz telephones.
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