Rangeboosting a wireless connection?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Chroma, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Chroma

    Chroma LI Guru Member

    Hi there, im looking for a McGuyver amongst you.

    Ive recently moved house and set up an account with an ISP who sent me a shiny new Speedtouch 585v6 modem/router.
    It connects through ADSL2+ better than my WAP200G in terms of syncing at the ludicrously high attenuation (59.5db down/28.5db up) and gives me a nice stable 6meg connection which i had previously figured impossable.

    The thing is the routers wifi is fairly garbage, i can whisper further than it seems to be capable of transmitting.
    The WAG200G outperforms here in leaps and bounds and my WRT54GR more so.
    To agrivate its transmission even more ive got it placed in an awkward blackspot right next to the BT test socket.

    So my question is this, is it possable to turn either of these linksys routers into rangebooster or atleast have them play with WDS?

    I could even run an ethernet cable from the speedtouch to either routers and attempt things from that angle.

    So in synopsis: Speedtouch in a blackspot, requiring extending.
    Equipment at disposal: WRT54GR, WAP200G, cat5 patchleads, time and effort.
    Speedtouch settings: default gateway
    DHCP range ~ 253

    Any ideas? is it remotely possable and if so how do i configure the setup?
    Information would be greatly appreciated.
  2. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    it is possible and offers several ways to do such, depending on what you want or can do:
    - you can just wire either (or even both) of the Linksys to the speed touch (on the LAN ports) and configure the wireless network on each to be on different channels, but with same SSID. your computer should connect to the strongest signal automatically.
    - you can do the same thing, but purely wireless with WDS if you want to avoid cables. Remember that this will take some of your wireless bandwidth.
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