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Old 08-16-2006, 09:35 PM   #1
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How can I expand the coverage of our Wireless connections?


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I have a Linksys WRT54G serving our wireless users to connect to the internet. I have IPCop installed and the router was connected on the blue interface. Now, I want to expand the coverage of our wireless. If I buy another Access Point is it possible that the accesspoint1 would connect to accesspoint2 and still connect to the wireless users? Can someone tell me what other hardwares I need to buy to expand our range? Do I still need to connect it to the blue interface? I was wondering if the AccessPoint can act as a client and a proxy at the same time.
 
Old 08-17-2006, 02:49 AM   #2
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most wireless routers can do a wireless bridge, where you'd put both AP's on the same channel with the same WEP key (ore WPA equiv...) but with different SSID's. as long as the options are enabled to allow a bridge those two routers should just form a bridge of their own accord. you can then connect to the new AP using it's own SSID and off you go. normally in this situation you wouldn't do anythign else with the second AP whatsoever, no routing no nothing.
 
Old 08-17-2006, 03:12 AM   #3
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Is there a way to just have a single SSID? I mean, it will confuse clients if they see multiple access points. Is there a way to just reflect one SSID and to choose which reception is higher? Hope you get what I mean.
 
Old 08-17-2006, 03:14 AM   #4
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well there are range extenders, and i'd suggest just going to google for models, not somethign i've ever touched, but they do exist.
 
Old 08-17-2006, 08:42 AM   #5
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I have a WRT54G on the third floor, and on the second floor a
WAP54G. Both have the same ESSID, no problem. I am using a
wire from the router to the AP because my building is concrete
and steel; but it also works fine with no wire.

Code:
anna@peter:~$ /sbin/iwlist ath0 scan
ath0      Scan completed :
          Cell 01 - Address: munged
                    ESSID:"TP-LINK"
                    Mode:Master
                    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                    Quality=10/94  Signal level=-85 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm
                    Encryption key:off
                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
                              12 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                              48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Extra:bcn_int=100
                    Extra:ath_ie=dd0900037f01010008ff7f
          Cell 02 - Address: munged
                    ESSID:"philemon"
                    Mode:Master
                    Frequency:2.457 GHz (Channel 10)
                    Quality=13/94  Signal level=-82 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm
                    Encryption key:off
                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                              24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
                              12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                    Extra:bcn_int=100
          Cell 03 - Address: munged
                    ESSID:"philemon"
                    Mode:Master
                    Frequency:2.457 GHz (Channel 10)
                    Quality=52/94  Signal level=-43 dBm  Noise level=-95 dBm
                    Encryption key:off
                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                              24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
                              12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                    Extra:bcn_int=100
By doing this scan to show you my APs, I found out I have a neighbor
with a wireless AP. I didn't think anyone else in Sheep Gut Village
ran wireless. Will have to check it out.

Cell 02 and 03 are mine.
 
Old 08-17-2006, 11:05 AM   #6
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So, you need a repeater (setup)? Perhaps this'll work out for you: here

Edit: fixed URL

Last edited by J.W.; 08-17-2006 at 08:21 PM.
 
Old 08-17-2006, 07:33 PM   #7
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Try having a look at http://www.dd-wrt.com/ in the wiki there are instructions for doing what you want.

Last edited by RanDrake10; 08-19-2006 at 06:36 AM.
 
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When I did this (a few years ago admittedly) with some old D-Link kit, it worked o.k.,
however the same channel was used by the repeater for inbound and outbound traffic.
Your users at the end of the range may find things a bit slower if they are moving large
amounts of data.
Maybe they won't.

There can also be issues of being swapped between router/AP - no big deal in normal usage,
but could be when I wandered around with my laptop.
 
Old 08-19-2006, 05:15 AM   #9
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Okay. I have two Linksys WRT54G. Can one WRT54G act as a accesspoint wherein it will connect to another accesspoint and serve wireless users. Is it possible to broadcast just one SSID? I mean, to have one router and multiple access points having just one SSID? When a wireless users search for a network it wil only show one SSID and they won't have to choose. The highest signal will be used. Do I have to make the channel of the access points the same with the main WRT54G router? Thanks.
 
  


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