WAP54G and WAG54G on same ethernet network?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by mattsavigear, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. mattsavigear

    mattsavigear Network Guru Member


    I'm afraid I have a blank in my knowledge about setting up several access points on the same network. I have a WAG54G with the wireless part turned off, plus a WAP54G actually running my wireless connections. This works very well, but...

    I am about to move house, and the layout is probably going to require more coverage than one unit can provide. The WAG is going to have to be placed at one end of the house as that is where the phone point is. In order to cover the other end of the house, I'd like to set up both the WAP and the WAG on the same ethernet network such that I can roam between them with a laptop - i.e. they would be on the same channel with the same encryption and ssid setup.

    Linksys support suggested this was impossible as the units would interfere/clash rather than support each other, however I have never heard of a successful resolution from Linksys support so I thought I'd ask here where folks seem to be more knowledgeable!

    I'm given to understand that using a WAP54G as a straight repeater for a WAG54G results in the WAG periodically shutting off its wireless connection, which is going to be a real PITA.

    So, I ask the community:
    Do I have an alternative to the apparently flaky repeater option, and if so what is the best way to configure it?
    Or - is the repeater option more stable than I have been led to believe?


  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You can use the same SSID and encryption, but different channels. 1, 4 8 and 11 havw minimum overlay. The WAP54G may or may not work with the WAG54G and you lose half the bandwidth using it as a repeater.
  3. mattsavigear

    mattsavigear Network Guru Member

    OK, I'll play with different channels and see what happens.

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