Mesh or repeater solution..

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by bushtor, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. bushtor

    bushtor Network Guru Member


    In a schools dorms area we have a number of WRT54 hardwired together - which works fine. However due the thick concrete walls we need to extend the number of APs, but this will have to be standalo ne APs only linked to the wired one(s) via radio.

    Which options do we have, repeater mode(s) or mesh..?

    Thanks for anyone willing to comment on this and propose possible solutions. We currently run DD-WRT but can switch if needed.


  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Depending on the firmware you are using, you should have wireless client, WDA and i am not sure if there is a repeater mode other then wda in dd-wrt or not.
  3. bushtor

    bushtor Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the comments. Did you mean WDS or am I missing the WDA option..? Anyhow, can someone comment on which firmware that has the best options on linking many APs together wirelessly?

    regards Tor
  4. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Ifican probably meant WDS with WPA = WDA ;-)

    All the 3rd party firmwares support WDS AFAIK. If you want to subnet the WDS part then DD-WRT is probably easiest, as you can do that from the web interface. I don't know why, but DD-WRT seems a bit slower than others, and bearing in mind that you will lose 1/2 speed on clients behind the WDS link, you might take that into account.

    The easiest to do AP + WDS is Thibor15c IMHO. No fuss, no frills, and fast. Tomato a close second. If you want some speed stats etc., Tomato moves to 1st.
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