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Heya folks!

I've been having some difficulties connecting a wireless repeater to my home network.

What I'd like is:

Internet
|
Cable Modem
|
Wireless Router (WGT624v3)
*
*
*
*
*
Wireless Repeater (WG602v4)
*
*
Laptop, iPhone, etc

I have run beatjunkie's tool to enable WDS on the router, and have managed to successfully get an ip address assigned through the repeater. The problem is that I can't actually get any packets back.

The router is set to b+g (NOT 108Mb/s) on channel 6, as is the router. WEP-128bit security is enabled. SSID, WEP key, etc are identical for the router and repeater.

What I've tried:
-Repeater and router on different channels (didn't work, don't know why)
-Not having WDS on the router (didn't work, no IP assigned)

If anyone could help me with a troubleshoot guide I could go through, or an idiot's guide to complicated networking, or something, I would really appreciate it. (I'd offer baked tasty goodies as an incentive, but the last thing anyone in the world should try is my cooking.)
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wireless repeater in signal amplifier?
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Huh? Sorry, I'm a complete n00b when it comes to networking.

From what I understand, the repeater I'm using takes the packets from the router and forwards them to my computer and vice versa, as I'm too far from the router to connect directly.

Oh, and in case it wasn't clear, | refers to a wired connection and * is wireless.
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You cannot operate in Mixed mode with the repeater, it has to be "G" or "B" only. I tried this part my self, and found it won't work.

Try following these directions, they worked great for me. Or these, I guess these are the recommended ones.
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Originally Posted by trueg50;11791981 
You cannot operate in Mixed mode with the repeater, it has to be "G" or "B" only. I tried this part my self, and found it won't work.

Try following these directions, they worked great for me. Or these, I guess these are the recommended ones.

Any recommendations on a low-priced DD-WRT N router for briding?
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Any recommendations on a low-priced DD-WRT N router for briding?

I'll tell you flat out, I have no experience with bridging N routers.

My experience is with a WRT54G running stock firmware, and a WRT54GL with the latest DD-WRT24 sp2. Both operating at "G", and located approximately 100 feet away in separate houses.

Here is the location, between these two buildings, going off the Google legend, it is maybe a spec over 100 feet. On my laptop with an Intel 3945 wireless card, I can get ~2 bars from the spot I set the WRT54GL to the other WRT54G. Connecting to the WRT54GL I have run torrents just fine at a sustained 500kb/s. Only trouble is that our microwave will cause interference and pretty much scrambling the wireless as long as it is running! I could change channels, but the bridge is sensitive to changes, and if the wireless is not broken, why fix it?

My advice would be to look at the last generation models of a good brand like Linksys. Personally I like ones with external antenna, just personal preference, I have no hard facts on that. Of course each situation is different, try with any existing equipment (a laptop) and see how it is without the bridge (if you can). For me a bridge was a must have; my Iphone 4 had no signal from any place in that building, while my laptop had 1-2 bars, now the wireless is quite stable for all devices.

Of course wireless is a squirrel technology, try and keep LoS (line of sight) between WAP's, stay well within the bounds of the wireless spec (don't expect performance/range equal to what the specification says it can to). If you must do wireless inside a building it might help to get more of an enterprise model WAP, such as some of the ones from Engenius. They can go up to 600mw of power in a package the size of 2 packs of cards tall. The firmware was pretty low end (4 year old wireless G), but all it had to do is kick out wireless; DHCP and management is handled elsewhere.

Get creative too! At my parents house I had poor wireless performance from the basement router to the 2nd story, so I ran a 50 ethernet cable from the basement to the 1st floor (closest I could get) and setup a separate wireless repeater, which helped quite a bit for gaming.
Edited by trueg50 - 12/27/10 at 9:08am
    
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