Connecting two BEFW11S4 routers to share broadband

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Glenn, Aug 6, 2004.

  1. Glenn

    Glenn Guest

    My current setup is this. I have a Linksys BEFW11S4 connected to my
    cable modem to broadcast wireless internet. What I want to do is
    connect another BEFW11S4 (that I already have) to that router using
    the wireless transmission. This way I can have increased range as my
    main router does not broadcast a long-range signal. What I want to
    end up with in the end is having two BEFW11S4 routers connected
    without any wires (except from the modem to one of the routers) to be
    able to share my broadband connection by connecting wirelessly to
    either router. Can this be done with the equipment I have?? Thanks.

    Glenn, Aug 6, 2004
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  2. Glenn

    AG Guest

    Not that I could find. As far as I can figure out the BEFW11S4 will not act
    as a bridge. If I'm wrong someone please tell me because I've tried to do
    something similar and it didn't work.
    AG, Aug 6, 2004
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  3. Sure. You want to setup the 2nd BEFW11S4 as an access point, instead
    of a router. You do this by totally ignoring the WAN port. By
    "connect", I'll assume that you can run a CAT5 cable between the two
    radios. You cannot use WDS (repeater mode) with the BEFW11S4.

    From a previous posting:

    You will need to deal with the following issues on the 2nd access
    1. Don't attach anything to the WAN port. It's not needed.
    2. Use the same SSID on both radios.
    3. Disable the DHCP server on the 2nd radio.
    4. If the two radios can hear each other, use different channels
    (channels 1, 6, or 11). If they are well isolated, the same channel
    may be used.
    5. You probably do NOT need a CAT5 crossover cable as most AP's have
    some means of dealing with the ethernet cable polarity. Watch the
    6. If you are using MAC address filtering on the main wireless
    router, then you'll need to configure the 2nd access point in exactly
    the same manner.
    7. The official limit is 100m of CAT5 cable, but I know it will work
    to about 900ft of cable. If you're using junk wire, CAT3, etc, about
    30m is the limit. Since most routers offer no manual control over the
    10/100 speed, you will have problems with >100m runs if it switches to
    100baseT. Therefore you may need to install a 10baseT only hub in the
    circuit to force the speed to stay at 10baseT HDX.

    I'm sure I forgot something, so don't assume this is everything you
    need to know.
    Jeff Liebermann, Aug 6, 2004
  4. Sorry. I misread your posting. (Remind me not to yack on the phone
    while posting). You can't do that with the BEFW11S4 and the current
    firmware incantation. You need WDS (Wireless Distribution Something)
    to turn the radios into repeaters. You're only option is to run a
    CAT5 cable between the radios.
    Jeff Liebermann, Aug 6, 2004
  5. Glenn

    Ron Bandes Guest

    Sorry to pick nits, but Auto MDI/MDI-X is not the same thing as Auto
    Polarity. Auto Polarity corrects incorrect wiring which was sloppy with the
    + and - wires within a pair. Auto MDI/MDI-X detects whether it is necessary
    to switch the pairs so that one station is transmitting on one pair and the
    other station is transmitting on the other pair.

    Ron Bandes, CCNP, CTT+, etc.
    Ron Bandes, Aug 7, 2004
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