Problems with extending Range of a Wireless Network

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Mark, Nov 8, 2003.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    I am currently trying to extend my wireless network to the back side
    of my property. I have a cable modem to a WRT54G router (Dhcp enabled,
    no wep and no mac enabled) to a wet11 (Dhcp enabled) to WAP11 with a
    static IP 168.192.X.XXX. Then I have two wireless pc connected to the
    wap11 with dhcp enabled. The problem I have is the two pc's will lose
    the connection to the wap11 and then I get a conflicting ip address
    warning from XP, the conflict is occuring with the WET11. Both pc's
    are running Xp. What am I doing wrong, or is there something that I
    could be doing to correct this problem.

    Thanks in Advance.
     
    Mark, Nov 8, 2003
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  2. Nothing wrong ... That¹s just wifi for you.

    The solution is to replace the tiny antennae on your router with a more
    directional antenna which will focus the strength in the direction you
    desire. Some antennae are "pluggable", others are totally fixed but most
    have fixed antennas connected to the circuit board with a pigtail. These
    pigtails are available from wifi suppliers and you can select the end
    connector and antenna to suit.
     
    Graham in Melton, Nov 9, 2003
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  3. Mark

    David Cook Guest

    You have two separate Linksys boxes, and both have antennas on them
    right? (i.e. the WRT54G can do both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless)
    and the WAP-11 does only the older 802.11b wireless).

    I believe the WRT54G has a somewhat stronger radio signal than the
    WAP-11. (Both support adding external antennas, I think.)

    So, before trying to go down the external antenna road (which involves
    extra cost and is a bit trickier technically to enable correctly), first try
    (if you haven't already) enabling the wireless support in the newer
    WRT54G. Also, if possible, can you move one of those 2 wireless
    APs physically closer to where you need the wireless coverage?

    My 2-cents worth...hope this helps...

    Dave
     
    David Cook, Nov 9, 2003
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  4. Mark

    Alan Guest

    As far as i know..(not that much) the WET11 is just a bridge, if you can PoE
    it, put it where evr you want..
    My other thought about your IP conflicts, have you added an alternitive IP
    address for the systems that "loose connectivity" and then assign themselves
    a conflicting addy? As then when they loose connection, the alternitive
    kicks in with the same IP. Should save any conflicts. (I think)

    I would put in the alternitive settings as what they are when they are
    connected before the troubles.
    See how that works out?
    OR

    You have two devices handing out DHCP, just use the one, and then manually
    assign the others.

    I use a Netgear DG824M as my main wifi, then to extend my range I have a
    Compaq WL410.
    The DG hands out the IP's with MAC IP reserving (so each time a machine logs
    in on the network, it gets the same IP each time) I was having problems with
    the WL410 as the client trying to connect to it COULD connect to the WL,
    BUT... would not get past it to the DG, sooo.. I had to manually assign the
    IP, and a DNS on the clients, works a treat now, and can manage to surf via
    the WL410 to the DG then onto the Net...

    Regards
    Alan
     
    Alan, Nov 9, 2003
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  5. Mark

    Bigguy Guest

    Surely should be 192.168.XXX.XXX ?

    Guy
     
    Bigguy, Nov 10, 2003
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