Not sure what to do, help needed

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by stromm, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. stromm

    stromm Network Guru Member

    I posted in the WRTxxx forum, but no one seems to be able to help.

    So. Currently, I have a WRT54G v2 in my basement office. All my network is sourced there and it will stay there. My house is mostly wired for ethernet, but I got the WRT54G to use with my Toshiba laptop and my old Winbook with a WPC54G card for the wife.

    She's always had spotty wifi, the toshiba is usually fine.

    The options I'm considering are.

    1. Buy a second WRT54G (or maybe a WRT54GS since my laptop has Atheros 108mbps, not sure if it's compliant with Linksys' 108 though). Connect it wired to one of the livingroom jacks, and use it as an access point. ? Would I have to turn the wifi off on my original?

    2. Buy a BEFSR41 (used to have one, gave it to a client wish I hadn't) to use as my router/gateway. Move my current WRT54G to the livingroom and disable the router.

    3. Buy a WAP and connect it wired to my network.

    I'm just not sure which is the best solution. I don't want to buy a range extender (cuts bandwidth) or high-gain antenna. I am thinking the HG antenna isn't going to give me as good a signal as a 2nd router even though it's about half the cost.

    So what do you all suggest?

  2. stromm

    stromm Network Guru Member

    Lots of people looking here, no help yet :(
  3. RcNorth

    RcNorth Network Guru Member

    You shouldn't have to turn off the wireless on the other router. As both are hooked together via a wire there shouldn't be a signal loss.

    You could setup MAC filtering on each router so that each laptop will only try and connect to one router and won't try to fight for a signal.
  4. fbp_dk

    fbp_dk Network Guru Member

    Hi Stromm,

    If you already has your house wired up you should go out and buy a wap54g access point. Connect the AP through the wires to your WRT54G.

    When setting up the AP do the following:

    1. The SSID on both AP's should be the same.
    2. The encryption must be identical.
    3. The channels must differ, use channel 1, 6 or 11 (these are the only ones that does not interfeer with each other)

    I have setup severeal AP's at my work in this configuration, and I can recommend it to anyone.
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