Wireless Repeater

January 16, 2009 at 16:28:20
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.88 GHz / 2046 MB
Hey guys,

Recently I've had issues at home where my siblings would randomly disconnect, have connection problems, etc. I had a WRT54GS v1.0 which is a great wireless router and it was getting old and after changing the cable modem, the problem persisted, so i got another router.

It's a WRT54GL, thing is, I just got a call from my little brother saying they are not able to connect to the internet and their connection says "1Mbps"

The way we have it setup is, I have the router with me downstairs, between me and them there is a wall, stairs, and into their rooms.

What I want to do is use DD-WRT or Tomato Firmware (currently installed) to setup one router as a repeater to increase their signal strength. At first I didn't think the signal was bad because they would get 38Mbps or higher but it seems very unstable.

Now, my question is, should I setup the WRT54GS as the repeater or the host? I was thinking if the WRT54GS is the host, I can take advantage of its power from the base and just use the new router WRT54GL as the repeater, any ideas? Thanks!

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January 17, 2009 at 06:21:00
Simply use one of them as AccessPoint and the other as a host.
Oh btw, if you'd like to boost your signal, there is a really simple way to manage that.
I tried it by myself, because I have 2 ceilings between my router and my laptop and got a signal strength of 80 percent.
Here is the link:

Please send a reply, if you solved the problem !!!

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January 17, 2009 at 13:01:44
WiFi repeaters are a PITA. I had one working for a while (a WRE54G), but discontinued it because it was a headache to keep working properly. First, when you use a repeater on a WiFi network the whole network functions on 1/2 it's max speed. In other words, if you get 54mbs connections, the router and clients will really only work at 28mbs. And, when repeaters screw up they jam the whole WiFi network. There are some applications when a repeater may be the most effective solution, but it should be a last resort. I agree with paulsep, use the DD-WRT or Tomato modified router in client mode (using the WiFi connection for the WAN, or Internet, connection) and work on antenna efficiency. WiFi is RF communication and quality RF communications are completely dependent on the effective transmitting and receiving power of the antennas used.

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