WAP54G as a repeater

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by greg@gregtompkins.com, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. greg@gregtompkins.com

    greg@gregtompkins.com LI Guru Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I have the following configuration:

    [Internet] <-> WRT54G running DD-WRTv23SSP2 +----- WAP54g (#1)
    +----- WAP54g (#2)

    The 1st WAP54g is in client mode, the #2 one is in repeater mode. The first one is 300 feet away and the second one is 1800 feet away. I'm using Hawking high-gain external antenna and getting about 60% signal strength but for some reason the #2 is always losing connection and I even set it up with syslogging and cannot ascertain why its doing this. I'm not seeing any errors in the long of the WRT54g. I even tried replacing #2 with a different one to no avail. Now I am considering replacing with DD-WRT. Can it act as a repeater?


  2. seatofus

    seatofus LI Guru Member

    I would think the 1st one has to be in repeater mode as well to regenerate the signal at 300 ft........
    If Im not mistakin 300ft is the max length for cat5e signal
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    There is a maximum length for a ethernet cable, but not one for a wireless connection. In client mode it does not repeat the signal. so seatofus is correct. Client mode is similar to bridge mode and the first WAP54G will not allow a connection to the second. You are probably picking up the signal of the WRT54G not the first WAP54G. In client mode the first WAP54G will not allow any other wireless device to connect to it. You are aware that the WAP54Gs only have one readion, so you will get only a quarter of the throughput since each of the WAP54Gs mus reciever and retransmitt the signal if they both are in bridge mode.
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