10-15-2008 10:13 AM
I am trying to extend a wireless network to cover 3 buildings. Currently there is a 3rd party DSL modem / wireless router that covers 1 building and part of a 2nd. I have a WRT54G and 3 WAP54Gs. The buildings are fairly close together and 1 AP should cover a building pretty well. Can someone suggest and optimal setup? I've already tried below:
DSL M/WR ------ WRT )))((( WAP1 (repeating WRT) )))((( WAP2 (repeating WAP1)
This apparently doesn't work as I am unable to acquire an ip address when connecting to WAP2.
Thanks in advance.
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10-15-2008 11:26 AM
There is nothing wrong with the configuration you outlined, it should work well. What security do you have in pace? the use of WPA in Bridge/Repeater modes will most likely break the connection and/or prevent DHCP traffic.
If possible can you test the entire system with no security.
10-15-2008 11:41 AM
10-15-2008 12:19 PM
Note: You must connect to any repeater wirelessly as in repeater mode the AP assumes no LAN connection, although I have never tested what would happen if you did connect by wire to a WAP54G in repeater mode.
10-15-2008 12:42 PM
I tried a few different things out and then I had to break down my testing because I'm going on a trip. I can tell you that I connected by wire to WAP1 (repeating WRT) and got an ip address and was able to surf. I also tried the following setup:
DSL M/WR ------ WRT )))((( WAP1 (repeating WRT) ------ WAP2 (AP) )))((( WAP3 (repeating WAP2)
This worked, kind of. I was able to successfully obtain an ip address at every hop. When connecting to WAP2, things were slow. When connecting to WAP3, there were dropped packets causing surfing to be intermittent.
I then changed WAP1 from repeater to bridge. This helped more. WAP2 was now faster and WAP3, while slow was consistently usable. I think most of the slowness is due to interference. Where I'm testing there are lots of other networks and of course having the devices right next to each other doesn't help either. Although I am trying to use channels that don't overlap.
Unless someone has a suggestion for a better configuration, preferably where I don't have to use all these devices, this is probably what I'll go with.
10-16-2008 12:47 PM
10-16-2008 06:48 PM
10-17-2008 10:46 AM
OK, you need to break down the way your doing this. Do it section by section. Once you have the first section going then move onto the second section and so on.
Start at the Router, configure the WAP54Gs as I mentioned previously. Test each section as you configure it.
Also try these settings on the WAP54G. Change the beacon interval to 50 Rts Threshold to 2306. This should help with the speed/packet loss issue.
Failing that I would isntall DD-WRT as it supports WDS (AP Client + Bridge running at the same time) Effectively this will create a wireless mesh. But this would be a last resort. And here is the big warning. Installing a third party firmware will void your warranty.
10-21-2008 02:41 PM
Thank you for your suggestions. I've gone ahead and implemented the solution as I determined above.
DSL M/R ------ WRT )))((( WAP1 (bridge) ------ WAP2 (AP) )))((( WAP3 (repeater)
I'm not all that happy about 5 pieces of equipment to cover three small close buildings, but it works and my warranties are intact.