Setting up a second WRT54G within a wireless office space

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by rcasanova, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. rcasanova

    rcasanova Network Guru Member

    Question, we have 1 wireless router setup using WEP that is connected within our office space. I would like to setup a second wireless router (same model) so users can move around within office spaces and not experience any drop connections. Basically using the same SSID and WEP assigned. I guess once that's figured out, I would like to then switch over to WPA 2 to secure the access. Suggestions anyone?

  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You should set it up on a different channel with the same SSID and WEP setting. If the old one is on channel 6 put the new WRT54G on channel one or eleven. Disable the DHCP server on the new WRT54G, set is WAN to DHCP client, change its local address not to conflict with the local address of the old WRT54G, but on the same subnet and outside the range of IP Address issued by your old WRT54G Use a subnet mask of Save your setting and under advanced routing set it as a router and not a gateway. Power it down and connect one of its LAN ports to one of the LAN ports.

    If you are switch to WPA2, make certain the firmware supports WPA2. or you may have to upgrade the firmware. When updating the firmware, reset the router to factory default before doing the upgrade by holding the rest button in for a least thirty second and do the firmware upgrade from a wired connection only. In addition enable SS-ID broadcast.

    You may have to install the Microsoft WPA2 hotfix on all cleint computers, do not install it if you are using WEP.
  3. danielhaden

    danielhaden Network Guru Member

    Why don't you use WPA PSK AES for security? It requires no extensive hardware refit. Sure, a CRAY could break your password in 127 years or so. . .;)

    Use different channels, same SSID, same connectivity password, same connectivity style.

    The following channnel patterns do not overlap.
    1, 6, 11

    1, 4, 8, 11

    1, 3, 6, 9, 11

    However, it is also important not to use the same channel as any nearby strong signals.
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    There are overlaps on your second and third channel selections. 1 & 4 and 8 & 11 overlap. 1 & 3, 3 & 6, 6 & 9, and 9 & 11 are close enough together to overlap. Actually 1 & 6 and 6 & 11 overlap, but usually the amount of attenuation between the channels and signal rejection of the receiver cause no problems.
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