Internet drops w/ router and AP

Linksys Wrt54g2 wireless g router
May 23, 2010 at 04:18:07
Specs: Windows 7
In a household of 8, we currently have a single ISP with a single router. The house is fairly spread apart where one individual is unable to connect via wireless. My first guess is that it may be distance since his room is WAY in the back of the house. However, old tenants did not have this problem so perhaps my router is old. However, when a wireless access point was introduced via second 'Linksys' router setup in the room WAY in the back, the desktop is able to connect wireless ... at the expense of the other users. In other words, prior to the introduction of the AP, all users except one are able to connect fine. After AP setup, the former computer is able to connect now and all other users get limited or little connection. i.e. it takes a while for laptops/desktops to recognize the SSID wireless connection. At times connection is fine, but majority of the time it is on/off connection that requires constant ‘refresh’ of the webpage to finally connect.

Is the AP setup wrong? or should a new router be purchased, one that perhaps is capable of a greater radius in which the AP is not needed.
Another significant detail is that after the installation of the AP, some PCs are unaffected while others are experiencing connection problems. Prior, all computers work fine except one, which cannot connect at all/very limited connection.

Appreciate it,
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May 26, 2010 at 11:13:04
Wrong? Hmmm...

- An "AP" and a "ROUTER" are different things.

- When you try to use 2 wireless routers on the same network, you will have issues. It can be done, but it's a p.i.t.a.

- You could try a true WiFi AP (which is NOT a router).

- Or try to optimize & extend the signal of the main router by:

- Elevating it to make sure it's high enough to broadcast the signal properly to make sure obstructions/buildings aren't interfering with the signal.

- Make sure the router has the latest firmware updates on it too.

- Make sure your cordless phones aren't the same WiFi band (i.e. 2.4 Ghz ) as the WiFi router, they can interfere.

Just another stupid saying...

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May 26, 2010 at 12:22:56
However, when a wireless access point was introduced via second 'Linksys' router setup in the room WAY in the back, the desktop is able to connect wireless .

How was the downstream router connected? Did you do a wireless bridge or was it plugged in on a cable?

Before I can help you any further, I need to know this and what make/model of router's you're using.

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May 26, 2010 at 13:22:52
post an ipconfig /all from a pc attached to the front end router and one from the backend router/ap for review

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May 27, 2010 at 19:49:00
I fixed the problem...

So the person who setup the 2nd router via to the desktop had the connections wrong, used the 4 outlets of the router instead of the primary modem adapter.

Whatever the case, I fixed the problem where now everyone is receiving the signal. It was just an issue of plugging in wrong.

Appreciate the help.

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