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Topic # 21799 7-May-2008 11:01 Send private message

I've been running a Linksys WRT150N router (as an access point) that is being repeated by a Linksys WAP200 perfectly - we've got several houses networked see.

To boost the transmission speeds of this link (since the WRT150N handles N while the WAP200 is G) we grabbed a Linksys WAP4400N to replace the WAP200...only to find that the WAP4400N doesn't have an AP Mode in the setup so can't repeat or bridge!!!

First question, is it possible in the future for linksys to release a firmware upgrade that will allow the unit to run in repeat mode or is it a hardware thing?

Second question, since the above didn't work I replaced the WRT150N with the WAP400N as the WAP4400N has a considerably stronger signal than the WRT150N, however, the WAP200 unit doesn't seem to be able to repeat it? The WAP200 picks up the WAP4400N in the site survey and the settings are all go but there's no talking...and there's no option in the 4400N to allow itself to be repeated so what can I do???

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  Reply # 133992 28-May-2008 22:00 Send private message

This may not be an ideal solution but rather than running a unit in repeater mode, you could set your main AP to its normal AP mode then have a second AP connect to it using a Point-to-multipoint bridge mode. Take a short lan cable connected to another AP in normal mode. They can be back to back and this will create a repeater.



MAIN AP ------------------------------Client Bridged AP___SECONDAP--------laptop2 client
             -----Laptop1 client

The Main ap and client bridged ap are just 2 ap's that talk to each other. The cable between the bridged and second ap links these 2 and then the clients can connect to the second ap. I do all my repeating this way because some brands offer units with very bad repeater functionality - and doesnt improve range much. By bridging them you get a better level of speed and features, especially if the main ap and its bridge client are the same model there is a guarantee that they will support each other and speed will be good. You can in theory create an endless train or series of links to extend your range




Ray Taylor
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www.ruralkiwi.com

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