Wireless Integration for New Home

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by solokron, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. solokron

    solokron Network Guru Member

    Presently I am living in a townhouse where I run a 8 port switch/router going to a 4 port switch all cat5.

    I will be moving into a new house I purchased in 10 days. The main point where my servers and desktops will be is an office. From there I would like to connect both my living room and upstairs rooms wirelessly as stringing cat across wood floors or ceilings is not an option that is not extremely tacky in my case. I am interested in the SRX products by Linksys and would like to keep consistant with that brand as my cable modem, router and switch are all linksys. Cable modem connects to the router, the switch comes off of one of the ports. What I would like to do is string off an access point off of that router and another in the living room to connect my PS2, Xbox and upstairs a laptop which would use a wireless-g pcmcia card (LINKSYS WPC54GX).

    Strolling over to NewEgg I see two options. The Linksys WRT54GX2 and the WAP54GX. Viewing the price difference I do not see any reason not to just get to WRT54GX2 and the pcmcia card. With SRX and MIMO is it possible to interconnect these two routers just as you would with any normal routers and run from a port off of my main router hosting the devices in my office?

    Any alternative recommendations?
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Remember that the MIMO, may not be brought up to 802.11N standards and may not work with other manufacturers equipment. I prefer the WRT54GX4 and the WPC54GX4 myself. It has issues with VOIP and the Xbox360. The WRT54GX2 does not have as much range as the other SRX routers. A WMP54GX4 should be coming out soon for desktops.
  3. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    personally i'd get WDS setup, then you could have wireless cover the whole house and have the option for plugging in devices to these routers (like the Xbox and PS2). You could get a couple WRT54GL's for the price of the GX/GX2/GX4 depending on where you look
  4. solokron

    solokron Network Guru Member

    Can two WRT54GX4 devices communicate with each other wirelessly?

  5. solokron

    solokron Network Guru Member

    Would flashing one's firmware to act like a bridge be necessary or can
    two WRT54GLs communicate out of the box? I ran into a thread somewhere regarding newer ones that cannot be flashed with custom firmware as previous versions.

  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    To use the WRT54GL as a bridge you have to install third party firmware.
  7. solokron

    solokron Network Guru Member

    Yes, as I stated. Now is it necessary to use it as a bridge or can it simply be used to connect to the other router wirelessly via RIP?

  8. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    None of the WRT54GX series of routers can communicate with each other wirelessly and there is no third party firmware for them. You can connect two WRT54GX series or WRT54GL routers together one as a internet gateway and one as an access point wuth a cat5 or cat6 cable to increase coverage, One WRT%$GX router can possibly cover an entire house if it is mounted high and you are using a SRX wireless NIC. You can only connect two WRT54GL routers together wirelessly with third party firmware. The factory firmware does not support access point client or brige mode. If you look at the firmware guide at this site you can see what third party firmware is available: http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=35
  9. solokron

    solokron Network Guru Member

    Thank you Howard.

    Another alternative would be a WRT54GX with a WGA54G connected to a switch then correct?

  10. bluebox

    bluebox Network Guru Member

    While I love wireless, and use it plenty, for your application, if it were me I'd definitely run cable. If you do it professionally you won't see it and it will add value to your house, not to mention allow you to communicte at gigabit speed without sending everything through the air.

    Pulling cable through walls and floors isn't that tough. If I can do it, anyone can :grin:
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