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Old 09-20-2006, 01:50 PM
thoffman
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Default WAP54G setup as repeater

I have setup a WAP54G for a school environment where there are outside
portable unit being used as classrooms. They outside units were not
receiving enough of a signal so I purchased a WAP54G to be setup as a
repeater to a WRT54GS.

I setup the WAP54G in repeater mode, using the MAC address from the
WRT54GS, using the same channel as the WRT but a different SSID
(according to Linksys directions, this is OK). Now, should I have the
outside users connect to the WAP54G or the inside WRT54GS? When they
connect to the WAP54G it does not give out and IP address. I assumed
they weren't setup to go do. So, I set the users to connect to the
inside WRT54GS which does not seem to help the signal strength?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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Old 09-21-2006, 05:38 PM
robert evdo hsdpa kim
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Default Re: WAP54G setup as repeater

T,

problem with a repeater is that when it comes to wifi... the routers
have to DOUBLE transmit data... if you are using an RF repeater... it
simply makes a signal stronger but with data... ie wifi... you have
double the processing and increased latency to deal with so... you're
better off with a high power antenna and placing your router up higher.

BUT since you DID get the router... for a hand held walk through..
contact my tech support boys at
http://linksys.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/...ve_request.php

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thoffman wrote:
> I have setup a WAP54G for a school environment where there are outside
> portable unit being used as classrooms. They outside units were not
> receiving enough of a signal so I purchased a WAP54G to be setup as a
> repeater to a WRT54GS.
>
> I setup the WAP54G in repeater mode, using the MAC address from the
> WRT54GS, using the same channel as the WRT but a different SSID
> (according to Linksys directions, this is OK). Now, should I have the
> outside users connect to the WAP54G or the inside WRT54GS? When they
> connect to the WAP54G it does not give out and IP address. I assumed
> they weren't setup to go do. So, I set the users to connect to the
> inside WRT54GS which does not seem to help the signal strength?
>
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.



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Old 09-21-2006, 06:02 PM
Jeff Liebermann
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Default Re: WAP54G setup as repeater

"thoffman" <tracybhoffman@hotmail.com> hath wroth:

>I have setup a WAP54G for a school environment where there are outside
>portable unit being used as classrooms. They outside units were not
>receiving enough of a signal so I purchased a WAP54G to be setup as a
>repeater to a WRT54GS.
>
>I setup the WAP54G in repeater mode, using the MAC address from the
>WRT54GS, using the same channel as the WRT but a different SSID
>(according to Linksys directions, this is OK).


Different SSID's are fine if you want to manually select between the
two radios. I inherited a similar system using exactly the same
hardware. It works.

>Now, should I have the
>outside users connect to the WAP54G or the inside WRT54GS?


They should connect to the WAP54G repeater as they allegedly cannot
hear the WRT54GS router.

>When they
>connect to the WAP54G it does not give out and IP address. I assumed
>they weren't setup to go do. So, I set the users to connect to the
>inside WRT54GS which does not seem to help the signal strength?


If they really can connect to the WRT54GS directly, then you don't
need a repeater.

>Any suggestions would be appreciated.


In theory, the repeater should pass the DHCP broadcasts to/from the
WRT54G through the repeater. If your clients are not getting DHCP
assigned IP's for their laptops, then something is not working or set
wrong. The usual goof is to enable WPA which does NOT work in
repeater mode. Another of my favorites is using the wrong MAC address
for the main router. The MAC address of the wireless section is very
different from that of the WAN port or ethernet switch ports. The
instructions say to enter the LAN address, which is wrong. It's the
WIRELESS MAC address that it wants (which is NOT the one on the serial
number sticker).

Setup instructions:
| http://linksys.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/...hp?p_faqid=231


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