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I have a client who needs wireless in their house. It is huge, so they opted to go with a good AP plugged to their router and a repeater elsewhere to assure strong signal to the other side of the house.

I used to use the Linksys WAP54G to achieve this, as I could get two and set one up as a repeater. Unfortunately, the new Linksys N WAPs are full of horror stories. So, is there another brand or setup I can use for this client?

Thanks!!
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post #2 of 6
Have you thought about using a router flashed with DD-WRT as a WAP instead of a regular WAP? They typically have much better signal than WAPs as well as a lot more stable.

A linksys E1000, E2000, and E3000 are able to achieve this. There are also some D Link N routers that allow for this as well.
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I considered that, but since this is a client for my business, I'd rather find a device that supports these functions natively as to retain any warranty the device may have.

Great idea though!
Edited by Xyro TR1 - 5/17/11 at 6:31am
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Actually, you know what... I'll give it a shot. Why not? Thanks!
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I understand wanting to maintain warranty on the device. But you should be able to flash the stock firmware back should you need to send it in for warranty work.

At the resort i work at I have all our Linksys routers we use for internal wireless connections running DD-WRT. I have been able to flash back to the stock roms when I have needed to send a router in as well without any issue.
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Picked up a Linksys E2100L. Flash of DD-WRT took less than 5 minutes and was very straightforward. Thanks for the advice!
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